Featherlinks is a super simple and lightweight plugin for creating pretty outbound links on your WordPress blog. Featherlinks is the easiest affiliate link manager for WordPress. And it has no cruft or extra features you won’t use.
Instead of linking someone to http://www.somerandomproduct.com/?referrer=888889, you can give them a nice pretty: http://yoursite.com/go/randomproduct
But that’s just one example. Whether you use affiliate programs or not, this plugin will give you a simple way to maintain consistency across your various mediums of communication and see exactly how many people are following your links.
Here are the main use cases:
- Links to affiliate programs where you’d rather not show the user all of the scary looking URL parameters
- Links that may change. Example, you could setup http://yoursite.com/go/hosting and update that to be whatever host you currently recommend to your readers.
- Links you want to track. Every Featherlink is tracked as a incrementing view count. It’s simpler than Google Analytics and won’t get buried in lots of other meaningless stats.
Here are the main features of Featherlinks:
- Rapidly create external (or even internal) links that 302 redirect to your chosen destination
- Set your own slug. The default is http://yoursite.com/go/slug, but you can easily change it to your favorite permalink slug, such as: http://yoursite.com/outbound/slug
- Easy to use interface. Our settings page has only one option!
- Light and feathery code. The whole plugin is less than 500 lines of code. No more installing multiple plugins with large feature sets to do one simple job.
- Light and feathery price!
Are you ready for this? It’s about to get really intense. Try these steps on for size:
- Unzip downloaded zip file and upload featherlinks folder to /wp-content/plugins/
- Go to Plugins and click “Activate” next to Featherlinks.
Once you install and activate Featherlinks, you’re ready to start creating your pretty affiliate links in WordPress. You’ll see a new menu option in the WordPress dashboard called “Featherlinks”. It looks like this:
You can specify a custom permalink slug by going to settings and entering your desired slug. The default is: go
To receive support and updates, you’ll need to enter your license key (provided at purchase) update the plugin license settings. You can find them under Featherlinks -> License.
Once you enter a license key and save, this will reveal a button that will allow you to activate the current site. The number of activations you receive depends on the license you purchased.
Adding New Links
Adding new affiliate or other external links is really easy. Simply click “Add New”. The interface could not be simpler:
Once you’ve added some links, they’ll show up in the main link list with the view stats:
Changing The Default Permalink Slug
If you don’t like the default slug, you can easily change it by going to Featherlinks -> Settings:
– Skipping version 1.0.2 because we are so fly. Fix some potential updater issues.
– Update 301 redirect to 302 redirect for proper SEO handling. Props Rob Nue!
– Initial release.
If you have problems, the preferred way to get support is to contact us through the support page.