I want to know from experienced people who have their own link shortner. I am planning to make one for myself but have no experience as such. I read a lot about them on google but I cannot find the answers what I am looking for. So here are my questions 1) What would be the yearly cost for such services. I am planning to make it open for public in future so want to know my expenses 2) Where do you suggest hosting for such kind of url shortners? Off shore or with reputated companies? 3) In which programming language should I code it in? Or should I just buy it from people who are selling these services? Thanks in advance for your replies. Ps: My URL shortner will be used only for White Hat purposes and open to public. So I am guessing that the traffic could increase eventually.