Attention: This forum post was first “researched” and published in May 2004, so reliability or for that matter even existence of certain websites described here under is questionable. I just post it here, as I felt little nostalgic one evening about good old days. :)
Hey all Webmaster types!
While deciding for my new Hospitality based site, I “googled” a bit and reviewed some of the cool URL redirection sites. I rated them too, and for your ease posted them with the URL (for lazy kidz) and a short description.
Here they’re @ your service Sir/Madam:
DotTK (http://www.dot.tk) *****
My Choice! Isn’t it feels great to have your domain name without any strings. However, the pop-up AD is a downsider.
1Place4All (http://www.atmypage.com) ***
This service offers redirection of the form name.atmypage.com, supported by a user-selectable choice of ad options including a pop-up ad, an ad shown on an intermediate screen or a banner ad on the destination page. Note that banner ads shown at the top of your page are eligible to participate in this site’s banner exchange scheme.
Arrive (http://www.arrive.com/Free_Web_Names/) ****
arrive.at, arrive.to, directme.to, surfin.to, tunnel.to, home.gs, mouse.to and over 40 other domain names.
Free URL redirection service that desperately wants to pretend to be something else (see their FAQ!). Offers a choice of over 50 domain names, as well as a free email address and various other goodies. You can pick up upto 5 free Arrive addresses for your site.
Beam.to (http://www.beam.to/) ***
Offers free URL forwarding of the form beam.to/sitename. You must place a small (88×31 pixel) button on your page in exchange for using the service.
CJB.net (http://www.cjb.net/) **
Free URL redirection of the form domain.cjb.net. Popup ads are shown.
Click-on.to (http://www.click-on.to/) ****
This simple redirection service offers a single choice of domain name. A small advert is shown in a popup window.
DomainRedirect (http://www.domainredirect.com/domredirection.htm) ***
This service will let you point an existing domain name at any URL you like (even Geocities, Tripod etc.) You can also register a domain name via this site to use for redirection.
FindHere (http://www.findhere.com/) ***
Free URL forwarding service of the form http://yoursubdomain.findhere.com/ which also gives you free email forwarding
From.lv (http://www.from.lv/) *
This free redirection service seems targeted at Latvian sites (although the signup site itself is in English) Participating sites must place special codes on their page to prove that the page is “live”
Has.it (http://www.has.it/) *****
has.it, does.it, knows.it, shows.it, makes.it, owns.it, rules.it, says.it, rocks.it
Free URL redirection service that provides a subdomain of the form yourname.domain.it, plus a matching firstname.lastname@example.org email account with 6MB of storage. The service supports the inclusion of META tags for search engine positioning, and also offers URL cloaking. Best part is that there are no ads!
HomePad (http://www.homepad.com/) ***
Choice of approximately two dozen domain names, including homepad.com, pagehub.com, singlespad.com
Free URL redirection service that lets you choose the subdomain of the domain name of your choice. For instance, domain.homepad.com. A popup ad window will be displayed as each visitor is redirected. You can pay to remove these ads should you wish to do so. Note that this site seems to be going through some growing pains, since a note that tracking is “temporarily” disabled has been displayed for more than 3 months so far.
HotRedirect (http://www.hotredirect.com/) ****
hothere.com, coolhere.com, homepagehere.com, mustbehere.com, onlyhere.net, pagehere.com, surfhere.net, zonehere.com
This service offers free URL redirection of the form user.domain and also domain/user. It lso offers various statistics on usage of a given redirect link.)
IsCool.net (http://iscool.net/) **
Free URL forwarding. For a fee you can remove the banner ads.
Just.As (http://www.just.as/) *****
sayhi.to, anyone.to, goin.to, then.to, introduce.to, amuse.to, good.to, visitme.to, fancy.to, amaze.to and many other domains
This free redirection service offers two types of url: yourdomain.domain and domain/yourdomain, as well as free email of the form yourdomain@domain
MyDomain.com (http://www.mydomain.com/) ****
This incredible service allows you to take full control over domain names that you own, free of charge. You can specify the URL to which you want the domain name to forward, choose from “stealth” redirection (where the destination URL is hidden) or normal redirection, point the domain to an IP address and set up one or more email forwarding accounts. You can also specify advanced domain name properties such as MX records and mail servers. Best of all, this service is very fast and entirely ad-free!
NE1 (http://ne1.net/) ***
Free subdomain-based URL redirection service (yourname.ne1.net or yourname.r8.org) with both cloaked and direct URL forwarding options. With the cloaked option, you’re able to specify the metatags to be included at the top of the page. The service is ad-free.
OnTheWeb (http://www.ontheweb.nu/) ****
ontheweb.nu, kwik.to, isthebe.st, rr.nu, byinter.net
You get lots of choice with this free redirection service: you can choose from 2 different addressing schemes and 4 different ways of displaying your new URL. You can choose yourname.domain or domain/yourname, and how you want ads to appear on your site.
Rename.com (http://www.rename.com/) *****
download.at, stop.at, dine.at, play.at, stop.at, laugh.at and over a dozen other domain names
Rename.com offers free URL forwarding of the form domain/username. Their service is ad-supported, by a single 230×30 pixel banner. They have a good selection of domain names.
SeeJack (http://www.seejack.com/) ***
onebiz.org, girlsassy.com, godsit.com, nerdpages.com, funfirm.com, dopelink.com and many other domain names
SeeJack offers a free URL redirection service with URLs that can either be yoursite.domain.com or domain.com/yoursite. Users can choose between a thin advertising “bar” and a popup ad; these can be removed for a small monthly fee.
Shim.net (http://www.shim.net/) **
Free URL redirection service that includes URL cloaking (the target URL is hidden), forwarding to dynamic IP addresses, support for search engine META tags and more. There is also a matching free email service.
ShortURL (http://www.shorturl.com/) ****
shorturl.com, vze.com, filetap.com, mirrorz.com, alturl.com, spyw.com, funurl.com, mp3update.com
This service offers free URL redirection of the form user.domain, and all you have to do in return is place an 88×31 button on your site. The service itself doesn’t include advertising, but does include URL cloaking, statistics, support for META tags and more…
TSX (http://www.tsx.org/) *
TSX (the Technosite Exchange) offers free URL redirection of the form subdomain.tsx.org as well as various options, such as their SiteHide service that conceals the real URL of your website so that only your TSX URL is visible to site visitors. You can choose between banner or popup advertising.
ULimit (http://www.ulimit.com/en/) ***
com.bi, fr.st, ca.tc, unixlover.com and several other domain names
ULimit offers free URL forwarding of the form www.yourchoice.domain as well as email forwarding and free electronic business cards to notify people of your new web address.
UNI.CC (http://www.uni.cc/) ****
Free URL forwarding service that includes statistical information about the visitors coming through your link. Also offers a service to turn your home computer into a temporary web server.
V3 (http://www.v3.com/) ****
come.to, fly.to, listen.to, move.to, start.at, surf.to, travel.to, welcome.to
Offers free URL forwarding to domain.to/sitename. You must place an advertising banner on the front page of your site in return for using this service, or choose from various other advertising options.
VDirect (http://www.vdirect.com/) ****
vdirect.com, vdirect.net, webrally.net, snapto.net, getto.net, emailme.net, netbounce.com, netbounce.net, oneaddress.net
VDirect offers two types of service: either choose a domain name from the list and get http://username.domain and http://www.username.domain (along with a username@domain free email address) or else register a domain name with them and get full www.domain.com redirection! (the latter option is also open to you if you already own a domain name). VDirect also offers statistics on the number of people visiting your site through the redirection link. All this is free and ad-supported, though you can choose to remove the ads for an annual fee. Sadly, the range of “standard” domain names is fairly limited.
Warping.to (http://warping.to/) *
Free URL redirection service in the form http://warping.to/yourname. Note that you have to add an 88×31 pixel banner to your site in order to get this service for free, and that a sponsor’s banner will also be added to the foot of your site automatically. To sign up a second site for redirection will cost you $8 a year; you can pay the same amount to remove the advertising from your free service.
WebAlias (http://www.webalias.com/) ****
sail.to, up.to, way.to, got.to, escape.to, and several more
WebAlias offers a free URL redirection service with both subdomain (NAME.domain.to) and subdirectory (domain.to/NAME) style addresses. The service also provides detailed traffic stats on visitors using the redirection URL.
WebJump.ru (http://webjump.ru/) **
webjump.ru, 8m.ru, tk.ru, ploschad.com, ytka.com
WebMask (http://www.webmask.com/) ***
name.webmask.com and webmask.com/name
This service offers two types of URL redirection, and no banner ads.
ZDos (http://www.zdos.com/) ****
web-page.net, mainpage.net, tourguide.net etc. (15 domain names to choose from)
This site offers free URL forwarding to your own subdomain such as http://yourchoice.selecteddomain
Considertion: The Subdomain, Ads, URL cloaking, DNS configuration, User stas, e-mail forwarding, META tags support and above all reliability
Guys, please add more links and feel free to rate yourselves…
Thanks for reading!
( phew! looks like my “first” long and useful post..)