What is a short link

What are short links, how they look like and how they work

This site is all about short links, but what are they exactly?

Let’s take a closer look at what a typical once.to’s short link looks like.


The ingredients are:

The domain

once.to provides you with the following two options for domain:

Our service handles links on either of these two domains in exactly the same way, meaning one can use either of them with any short link.

Moreover, you can also register your own domain and create short links on it as if you have your own link shortener!

The slug

The slug can be also called “back-half” or “path” on similar services.

The slug is by default generated by the service automatically and consists of 6 random alphanumeric characters.

However, you can also choose your own, more descriptive slug like best-tvs-in-town, by using the New link dialog or by customizing the autogenerated slug later.

Slugs are subject to the following:

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