Vanity URL

Vanity URL allows you to easily create short vanity URLs which point to more complex locations.

Compatible with SharePoint Server 2013 and 2010.

Easy Installation

Installation and removal of Vanity URL is quick and easy.
See our documentation below.

Easy to Use

Easily create and manage vanity URLs without the assistance of network administrators.

E-mail Support

We offer email based support with responses within 2 business days. support@embraceware.com

Free Updates

Free product updates for life are included with the purchase of an Enterprise license.

Features

  • Create short and easy to share links to any location
  • Set start and expiry dates for time specific links
  • Track the number of hits per link
  • Easy installation
  • Free product updates

Testimonials

The support we received during our trial of the product was exceptional. When it came time to purchase we were amazed by the price.

Jennifer Martin, Network Administrator

Examples

Original URL (Photos from the latest office social party)
http://intranet/OurPeople/Social/Events/Photo%20Galleries/Holiday%2014/AllItems.aspx

Vanity URL
http://intranet/HolidayParty2014

Original URL (Performance review survey)
http://intranet/HumanResources/Surveys/Employee%20Performance%20Survey/NewItem.aspx

Vanity URL
http://intranet/PerformanceSurvey

Original URL (Annual Report)
http://intranet/OurBusiness/Financial/Annual%20Reports/2014%20Annual%20Report.pdf

Vanity URL
http://intranet/AnnualReport

Compatibility

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2008 R2
  Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2012 R2

Installation Guide

Use the following guide to install and remove Vanity URL. If you have any questions, please email us at support@embraceware.com.

Step 1: Add the Solution

Extract the contents of the downloaded or purchased zip file.

Add the self-contained WSP package (VanityURL.wsp or VanityURL_Trial.wsp) either by STSADM command:

STSADM -o addsolution -filename "PATH\VanityURL.wsp"

or by using PowerShell:

Add-SPSolution -LiteralPath "PATH\VanityURL.wsp"

(where PATH is the directory path containing the VanityURL.wsp file).

Step 2: Deploy and Activate

Visit the Central Administration site and navigate to:

System Settings > Manage Farm Solutions

Click on the “VanityURL.wsp” or “VanityURL-Trial.wsp” link, click “Deploy Solution” and then “OK“.

By default Vanity URL is not activated on any of the existing Web Applications.

To activate Vanity URL on a Web Application, navigate to the following location:

Application Management > Manage Web Applications

From here, select the Web Application you wish to use Vanity URL with and click “Manage Features” in the ribbon.

Scroll down to the Vanity URL feature and click “Activate“.

When Vanity URL is activated on a Web Application it creates a SharePoint list titled “Vanity URL” on the root Site Collection. This list is used the manage your vanity URLs. Please refer to the User Guide tab for documentation.

Uninstallation

Vanity URL can be uninstalled by simply retracting the VanityURL.wsp package from Central Administration.

Visit the Central Administration site and navigate to:

System Settings > Manage Farm Solutions

Click on the “VanityURL.wsp” or “VanityURL-Trial.wsp” link, click “Retract Solution” and then “OK“.

Once the solution has been retracted it can also be removed by clicking on the “VanityURL.wsp” or “VanityURL-Trial.wsp” link, click “Remove Solution” and then “OK“.

User Guide

Use the following guide to learn how to manage vanity URLs. If you have any questions, please email us at support@embraceware.com.

Create a new vanity URL

  • Navigate to the root site of the web application
  • Click on the Site Actions menu > View all Site Content
  • Click on the “Vanity URL” list
  • Click “Add New Item

Field Descriptions

Vanity URL

The value entered here will determine what the vanity URL will be. For example, “Survey” would create the vanity URL: “http://yoursite/Survey“.

Destination URL

Here is where you would enter the destination for the vanity URL. The value entered here can consist of a full URL to an external site such as “http://wwww.google.com” or you can reference locations within the current site by entering the path to the location starting with a “/“.
For example, “/OurPeople/Photos“.

Start Date

This is an optional date and time field which you can use to schedule when a vanity URL is to be in effect. If you specify a date and time here the vanity URL will only work on or after this date and time.

Expiry Date

This is an optional date and time field which you can use to expire a vanity URL. If you specify a date and time here the vanity URL will only work up until that date and time.

Notes

We provide an optional notes field to capture any reminders or details you would like to store for reference regarding the vanity URL.

Owner

Optionally an owner can be assigned to a vanity URL for internal tracking purposes.

Hit Counter

When vanity URLs are used the hit counter field will increase in value to display the number of hits it has received. When creating a new vanity URL the hit counter starts at zero. This value can be changed to start at another number if desired.

Edit a vanity URL

  • Navigate to the root site of the web application
  • Click on the Site Actions menu > View all Site Content
  • Click on the “Vanity URL” list
  • Click on the vanity URL you would like to change and click “Edit Item” from the ribbon

Delete a vanity URL

  • Navigate to the root site of the web application
  • Click on the Site Actions menu > View all Site Content
  • Click on the “Vanity URL” list
  • Click on the vanity URL you would like to delete and click “Delete Item” from the ribbon

Version History

Vanity URL 1.0.0.3 April 13th 2013

  • New SharePoint Server 2013 support added

Vanity URL 1.0.0.0 November 19th 2012

Initial release.