The service is good, and useful. I would add a short description of the service there. Both for indexing reasons, and to let the visitors know exactly what it is. I would go for like a "three-step" design.
Something like Step1: enter name Step2: enter URL Step3: Enjoy the redirection.
Or something like that. And one more thing if I may, please change the color of the "Advertise with us" bar. It's not appealing and it doesn't fit
Thanks for the advice! Some very good points there - I will definately implement these changes.... the site design took a back seat compared with the technical aspects which are now done.
To answer your question admin, you do need to use the .htaccess file - it uses the rewrite mod to rewrite all acceses to be forwarded to a specific php script, which matches the name in the database to the long URL to forward it.... only took an hour to get it all written and working