Jun 292010
 

Announcement

At long last, The Director! is complete. This is the URL redirection php/apache script that I mentioned early last month. Had a few minor things to fix up, which I finally did last night, and now it is available to all.

It is a very rough looking piece of software, true to my views that admins shouldn’t care what the software looks like, provided it works correctly, and it looks pretty to the public. Since I suck at UI, AND The Director! has no public face, this is the perfect project for me!

So what does The Director! do?

The Director! is a URL shortening/redirection service similar to tinyurl and others that allow you to point one web address to another (presumably a short one to a longer one). Currently it does some simple stat tracking (if you want) on the URLs, and allows you to manage your redirects. More information and a download can be found here: http://www.cornempire.net/go/director (this shows The Director! in action as I have it installed on my site now).

Requirements and Cost

The Director! is a free download, available under an undetermined licence at this time. You are free to use it, just don’t take the code and sell it. If you make any modifications, feel free to share them back to us (submit an issue to the bug tracker and attach your code). We provide no support or guarantees/warranty for the code, if you choose to use it, you are on your own. Later, I’ll enumerate that into some sort of formal licence.

In order to make use of The Director! you will need:

  • A webserver
  • PHP running on the webserver
  • A domain name of some sort
  • A rewrite module for fancy redirects (instructions provided for apache and mod_rewrite)

You will need access to edit your webserver config, or .htaccess file if you are on shared hosting.

If you run into any issues, make a note below and I’ll do my best to help. But again, no formal guarantees or warranty come with the application.

Screenshots

Certainly nothing to be proud of…but here are some screenshots of The Director! in all of it’s ugly orange glory:

Credits

Other then me, many thanks to Pat for his help in writing The Director!. As well as credit to Mark James for the Silk Icons which I don’t think I’ve actually put to use yet, but when I redesign the GUI, I will.

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