Implementing a URL Shortener

I want to create a URL shortener where I use a REST API endpoint request to get a shortened url, e.g.:

Where I get a response with a shortened version of the URL that I sent to the URL above, for example, which redirects to

My question is if this is possible by using standard WordPress methods? I had some look at the documentation but could only find the following:

Short URL

Short Link

Which are not the functionalities I’m looking for as far as I read. Is there anyone who has any idea how to do this/can put me on the right path?

Example of what I’m trying to achieve:

function wl_shortcode() {
if ( isset( $_GET[‘url’]) ) {
$shortcode = isset( $_GET[‘url’] ) ? esc_attr( $_GET[‘url’] ) : ”;


return $shorturl;
} else {
return false;

add_action(‘rest_api_init’, function() {
register_rest_route(‘wl/v1’, ‘shorturl’, [
‘methods’ => ‘GET’,
‘callback’ => ‘wl_shortcode’,

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