Friday, August 17th, 2012

Customize to Your Heart’s Content: Introducing Custom Links

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It’s should come as no surprise that we’re a little obsessed with making sharing incredibly simple. While we already give you a bunch of different options for sharing files with just a link, we wanted to make it easier for you to remember where your most valuable content lives on the web. With our latest update, you can create a short, easy-to-remember custom URL that points to an important file or folder.

Business and enterprise users will even have their corporate domain in their custom links, making it easy for employees and clients to recognize company content. Since these URLs keep the shared link security settings of the file or folder you’re sharing, you can rest easy knowing your content is super secure.

To get started, just click on the “Sharing” section on the right side of a file or folder to see the “Customize Link” setting that’s included under the different shared link options (open to everyone, only to people with your company’s domain or restricted to only collaborators in that folder). Simply click that link and enter your custom name at the end of the URL – it’s as easy as that!

Here are a couple ways you might use it:

  • Set up an HR resources folder for your entire company with a short, descriptive URL. Make the shared link available to only people in your domain so outsiders don’t have access.
  • Create a document detailing company benefits, and make the access level “open” so prospective employees can view it. Then use a catchy link, like “www.yourdomain.box.com/WorkWithUs” so applicants can easily recall it.

Remember, any custom link you create retains the security and permissions you’ve set up for a given file or folder, so there’s no need to worry about content falling into the wrong hands. Custom URLs are an easy, very secure way for you to make your content stand out – it’s a really cool feature we think you’re going to love. Start customizing today and let us know what you think @BoxHQ on Twitter or in the comments below.

  • Miguel Salamanques

    This is a great feature but it has a mayor problem: You get too often the msg “the custom URL you chose is already in use”.
    I may be wrong, but I think that this is implemented in a way that the custom URLs have to be unique in the whole box.com domain, including its subdomains, and in my opinion that’s a mayor design mistake. You should be able to have both, an a.box.com/MyFolder custom URL and a b.box.com/MyFolder custom URL. Otherwise, this first come first served policy is going to end up with all the most common custom names taken very quickly, forcing the user to chose more and more complex custom URLs and making this feature pretty much useless.