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I am trying to figure out how to write a script that redirects URLs without using ?u=
Eg. From:
http://mydomain.com/smallstring
to
http://otherdomain.com/some/longer/more/complicatedstring.asp?test=1234

I know I can create an ASP.net page that redirects using the ?var=value
eg: http://mydomain.com/?t=smallstring

However, I'm trying to find out how I can do it without the ?t=
eg: http://mydomain.com/smallstring
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Question by:DFPITC
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by:Kent Dyer
ID: 38781007
Some pseudo code..
If instr(URLString,"/t?=") Then
Replace (URLString,"/t?=", "/")
End If

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Otherwise, you could do it in an .htaccess file..

HTH,

Kent
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by:DFPITC
ID: 38781260
I'll rephrase the issue, as there seems to be some confusion here..

We need to send out many adverts in the newspaper to visit different URLs.

The URLs are quite long and complex, so we need a URL shortener.

We want to provide our own service, similar to tinyurl.com

I can manually create redirections in IIS to go from
http://mydomain.com/something -> http://otherdomain.com/complex/url.aspx?t=something

I want to be able to script this.

I know how to make a single asp page, that accepts a parameter, looks up the URL using that parameter from an SQL database and redirects the user, in the following format:
http://mydomain.com/?var=uniquestring

What I don't know how to do is remove the "?var=" so it looks neat in advertisements.

I ultimately want the URL being advertised in the newspaper to be something like:
http://mydomain.com/uniquestring
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DFPITC earned 0 total points
ID: 38781414
ok, so the answer is:

get: http://www.iis.net/downloads/microsoft/url-rewrite

and use it to re-write
http://mydomain.com/somestring
to
http://mydomain.com/redir.aspx?var=somestring
and use that to lookup somestring in SQL and redirect the user to the external complex URL
http://otherdomain.com/some/complex/url.aspx?arguments=stuff
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by:DFPITC
ID: 38798128
I found the answer with more research.
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