Sometimes it's a good idea to post links under your own domain, so that you can change the link's target when it's needed[1].

For example, I have a Ko-Fi page at new window) but I never link to that URL directly; I use new window) instead. Should I ever decide to use something else[2], I only need to change the link destination.

One simple, low-code way to accomplish this is use Netlify's redirect feature.

  1. Create a GitHub repo and create a file public/_redirects:

    /youtube   302
    /coffee                                    302
  2. Create a Netlify site linking to the GitHub repo and set up your domain.

  3. There is no step 3.

The _redirects file(opens new window) has a simple, machine-and-human-readable, plain-text format. To add or change links, just update the file on GitHub. I find this approach powerful because I can also update this file programmatically using GitHub's API(opens new window), and teams can collaborate on this file like how they collaborate on code.

  1. Some URL shortener services doesn't allow you to change the link's destination unless you pay them money ↩︎

  2. like Patreon or GitHub Sponsors (the latter of which is not available in my country yet) ↩︎