Easy-to-remember names!

Ever wanted to share your instructable with someone offline? Its hard to remember those random ID's at the end of the URL, isn't it?

(Note, you can be afraid of me, if you'd like)

Anyway, on to the point.
Look at the URL! Its all nice-looking! And what do you know, I added the Allsteps link in for you!

You probably want this for yourself, dontcha? Don't worry! Just type this in the URL of your favorite browser!


The "slug" is the thing that goes on the end of the URL, in the above case, it was "biobattery". It can be numbers or letters, but it is case-sensitive!

The instructable ID should be JUST that random string. No slashes, no ?ALLSTEPS, just the random letters/numbers.

Please, please don't abuse this, please. If I find that someones been taking up multiple slugs for an instructable, or not linking to an instructable, you're going to be sorry ;-)

All of you who say I should being doing something else, this was done in less than fifteen lines of python! Thats why theres no nice page to create those links, because I'd have to spend 10 minutes making it. I actually spent more time on this post than getting it to work!

And if anyone wants to donate a nicer domain, just ping the above domain to get my IP, and let us know ;-)

PS: If you hate "instructables.thruhere.net", you can use "ytm.ath.cx", if you can remember it! Its pointed at the same server.

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canida10 years ago
So, when are you coming to intern at Instructables?
zachninme (author)  canida10 years ago
I could come down for a week right now if you wanted!
canida zachninme10 years ago
School first! ;D We'll talk.
zachninme (author)  canida10 years ago
Well, I think it could kinda-sorta-maybe-stretchit be almost school... I'd learn better things at least...

Fine... :P
zachninme (author) 10 years ago
Oh, a quick question, how do you guys define "featured"? If its by HTTP referrer, I don't want to make it so that whenever someone hits one of these links it becomes featured.
The featured setting is in the database. Your system is fine.
ewilhelm10 years ago
I love stuff like this. This is something I've wanted for a while. Human-readable URLs are so good for so many reasons. We've just had too many other things ahead of it in the pipeline. Now that Rachel isn't sleeping though...
zachninme (author)  ewilhelm10 years ago
What languages do you have on your server? I know this is done in Java, of which I have limited knowledge of making web sites from. I did this in Python, but I could redo it in something else, like PHP, if need be.
zachninme (author) 10 years ago
By the way, if its not working, sorry. This is a server thats running in our basement, and right now we're having some internet issues.
whatsisface10 years ago
Wow, this is cool. I assume you got appropriate permissions? :P
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