Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should I use z.umn.edu?

A: We recommend using Z for cases in which you need a shortened URL for University-related content which will have some persistence - something that will be published or posted for many users to view, or for material which may need to be retyped by users.

Q: To whom is this service available?

A: Anybody with a University of Minnesota X500 login may create URLs. The URLs that are created are accessible to anyone, with no need for an X500 account.

Q: Are there limitations on the use of the “custom” field?

A: We reserve the right to revoke “custom” URLs if the short name is intended to defraud or deceive, or if it is in violation of the University of Minnesota Acceptable Use policy. We recommend you avoid using custom URLs that are too generic or which may be confusing to users.

Q: How long are URLs active?

A: At this time, URLs never expire.

Q: What software does Z use?

A: Z is based on the YOURLS URL shortening application.