Customize Your Google Plus Profile URL

Google+ is the latest social networking website from Google. Its said to be a Facebook and Twitter killer, but so far that has not been true, since many of the popular features of Facebook and twitter are not available on Google+.

For instance, unlike the vanity URL of Facebook, the profile URL on Google+ is really ugly and very hard to remember.

One way to make the Google+ URL short is to use one of the URL shortening service like, or

But if you run a website, you can create a great personalized Google+ URL using simple .htaccess redirection. Here’s the procedure:

Login to your web server via FTP and download the .htaccess file in your root folder. Now open the .htaccess file using any plain text editor like notepad or notepad++ and add this code at the end of it:

Redirect /+

Save the file and upload it on your web server, overwriting the existing .htaccess file there. That’s it. Now if you visit it will redirect you to your Google+ profile.

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  1. Chase Hayden says:

    It worked! Not only did I add the /+ option for Google Plus, but using the same template, I incorporated my blog, FB, and youtube as well. Thanks for the great post!

  2. Scott Sawyer says:

    Great idea. I need to do this with all my social networks. I think I will.

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