Another PowerShell vExpert.me URL Shortner

Building on Jonathan Medd’s excellent idea of Using PowerShell to access the vExpert.me URL Shortener, I decided to improve it a bit more.
Here is the completed script.
  Will create a new vExpert.me URL

  Using the Invoke-Rest Cmdlet to invoke a creation of a new vExpert.me URL

  URL that should be shortened.
  The custom URL that should be used.

  PS C:\> New-vExpertURL -URL 'http://www.google.com'
  This example shows how to call the New-vExpertURL function with with the URL parameter and generate a random URL.

  PS C:\> New-vExpertURL -URL 'http://www.google.com' -Custom this_is_my_link
  This will create a custome URL of http://vexpert.me/this_is_my_link pointing to http://www.google.com


  For more information about advanced functions, call Get-Help with any
  of the topics in the links listed below.

function New-vExpertURL {
  [Parameter(Position=0, Mandatory=$true)]
 begin {
 if (!$($Custom) ) {
  $baseurl_2 = "&action=shorturl&format=json&url="
  } else {
  $baseurl_2 = "&action=shorturl&keyword=" + $Custom + "&format=json&url="
 $baseurl_1 = "http://vexpert.me/yourls-api.php?signature="
 $secret = "xxxxxxxxx"
 process {
 $invokeurl = $baseurl_1 + $secret + $baseurl_2 + $URL
 $vExpertme = Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $invokeurl
 $vExpertme.shorturl | clip
 Write-Host "The shortenend URL is now in your clipboard" -ForegroundColor Green
 end {
It is quite self explanatory. You will need to enter your personal secret code in Line 47.
So I added 4 things
  1. This is now a function – and it accepts parameters.
  2. One of the parameters is CustomURL which will allow you to enter your custom text if you please.
  3. The output will provide the URL and a success message.
  4. The URL will now be in your clipboard so you can use it.