Short URL manager
Publishing tool to request, approve and create Short URLs on GOV.UK.
Short URLs are a short and easy to type URL that redirects to a piece of content at a much longer URL.
They are often used on posters, in leaflets or over the phone, so they are easy to use. For example:
Currently this tool allows departmental users to request redirects within the scope of their department, eg, under
dwp above. Future versions may add workflow for requesting/managing top level Short URLs, eg,
- MongoDB - main data store
- Redis - for distributed locking using mlanett/redis-lock
- alphagov/gds-sso: Provides authentication OmniAuth adapter to allow apps to sign in via GOV.UK auth
- alphagov/publishing-api: the central store of published content on GOV.UK. Once a redirect has been accepted, redirects are registered to this API.
Running the application
If you are using the GDS development virtual machine then the application will be available on the host at http://short-url-manager.dev.gov.uk/
Running the test suite
$ bundle exec rake
Content Schema Validations
You will need a copy of govuk-content-schemas on your file system. By default these should be in a sibling directory to your project. Alternatively, you can specify their location with the
GOVUK_CONTENT_SCHEMAS_PATH environment variable.
Users must be given Signon permissions to access and use the features of this tool. The available permissions are:
request_short_urls: Can complete a form to request a new Short URL, which must be approved before being made
manage_short_urls: Can approve requests for Short URLs, and create the redirects on GOV.UK
receive_notifications: Will receive email notifications when a new short URL is requested.
advanced_options: Can create and approve requests using advanced options (prefix type redirects, and non-default segments mode values).