GoURLs WHMCS Module – Easy URL Shortening

We are pleased to launch our new GoURLs WHMCS Module! This module enables you to easily setup and manage private URL shortners for your business website.

Many are now owning short URLs, or vanity urls such as Dropbox.com’s short dd.tt domain. These shorter snappier URLs can be very beneficial when linking on social sites with character limitations such as Twitter.

It also means you can shrink page long URLs into a short sweet link.

How to Install / Use:

This module is installed as any other Addon Module, simply copy the “gourls” directory and all it’s files into the /modules/addons/ directory in your WHMCS installation.

Once this is done the module should now appear under the Settings -> Addon Modules page, here you can “Activate” the module. This activation process will create the required database tables for the modules. Don’t forget to set the permissions options to allow your admin account access to the module.

You will need to ensure your short domain is pointing to the right place to work with the module.

You can use either a subdomain, such as go.xdnet.co.uk, or a full domain, like xdnet.eu.

For the next step all you need to do is simply set the Directory Root of the domain to “WHMCS/modules/addons/gourls/” this enables the GoURLs module to manage the redirection of short URLs. It will do this using the format of xdnet.eu/CODE the module allows for both automatic generated codes and custom.


This provides a very easy interface to manage your companies short urls from an easy to access interface, keeping it simple and easy.

You can also customise the GoURL using the settings page. This includes 3 key settings, which include:

Default URL, this is the URL which the script redirect to if the short code is invalid/not found. This must be a valid url, including http://.

Short URL, this is the domain which is used for the short links, such as http://xdnet.eu/. This should include http:// and a trailing /.

Short Code Length, this is the length of codes which are generated randomly. The random code generator generates a random string using numbers and letters. For small uses where you don’t expect to generate more than a few links you can safely select a low number such as 2 (1296 unique possibilities) or even 1 (36). However, it’s worth noting that while you may use less than the total possibilities, the way the script works it generates a code and checks if it’s taken and if it is regenerates until a unique code is generated. If you have a lot of links, and a low length it’s likely to generate the same code, and could cause many loops, of if unique possibilities run out, an infinite loop. This is BAD, so make sure you keep an eye on this if you are generating a lot of short URLs.


With this module you can easily setup a company short URL / Redirect system in under 5 minutes, quick and easy to manage. Simple.

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