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What would Rex Dixon do?

Answered => “Can I build a white label URL shortening service on the back of Pro?” on Quora.

=> My answer…

I’m a pro user. Btw, I believe it’s not The b should be lower case. I’m not sure about the p in Pro.

It goes without saying that Rex Dixon is going to be more versed in the details of pro / Pro than I am. That being said, I’ve kinda been down this road. The fly in your ointment could be the fact that you can’t set up a website at if it’s also a pro domain.

Correct me if I’m wrong Rex but the DNS of a pro domain is directed to From there traffic to is really just a mask (?) that sits in front of (so to speak). You can not have a free standing hosted elsewhere from which could do your API’ing back to the mothership because is the domain’s hosting service. You can from another domain but does that make sense? Maybe. Maybe not.

Since is just an alias of sorts for, if has already assigned the shortened URL then you can not also have yourshortdomain.comy/RexDixon. For similar reasons (I presume) this is why you can shorten a URL with and get a non URL back. If one of’s “partners” has already done the shortening, that’s what you’ll get back. Also, one more bit.y fun fact. If you add a + to the end of a URL you’ll be able to see the stats/analtyics for that URL – whether it’s your URL or not.

Mind you I’m speaking of the free version of pro. I suppose if you roll up with deep pockets Rex & Co will take care of you. Again, I’d like to repeat my disclaimer. Rex would know better than I. My intell could also be dated. Things do change. But the last time I looked the above was true to the best of my knowledge.

FWIW, if you want to grown your own URL shortener, check out Yourls ( I had a short domain in my collection, found and tossed together for shits and giggles over a couple weekends. It’s still a work in progress so try not to be too critical. Please Like the FB page if you’re inspired. Thanks.

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