How Trotto works

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Trotto explained

Today's companies produce more data than anybody can keep up with. Finding the information you need to do your work is orders of magnitude harder than doing a Google search.

Enter Trotto. Trotto shortens your long and frequently-used URLs to simple "go links" to make them

  • intuitively memorable,
  • easily shareable, and
  • accessible from anywhere in the world.

Access team dashboards, folders, docs, and repos with a few keystrokes (e.g., go/git) and securely share go links to anyone with a valid company account. Go links are stored in your organization, so you'll never see or conflict with other organizations' go links.

Get to know Trotto and its features below.


Trotto go links "just work" using the trot.to/ prefix, but with just one more step, you can replace the trot.to/ prefix with go/ and get to your go links even faster. Installing our Chrome extension is the easiest way to set up three-keystroke go/ access.

Install the Chrome extension
(Don't use Chrome?)

If you don't use Chrome, another way to set up go/ is to configure a custom search domain. Custom search domains (also called DNS suffixes) allow you to go quickly to websites and servers you visit frequently without typing the complete address, irrespective of what browser you're using.

Setting up a custom search domain requires some comfort with modifying your network settings. Find instructions for specific operating systems below.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network.
  2. In the list at the left, select the network connection service you want to use (such as Wi-Fi or Ethernet), then click Advanced.
  3. Click the Add button (+) at the bottom of the Search Domains list, then enter the search domain: trot.to
  4. Click OK.
  5. Repeat these steps for any other network connection services you use frequently.
  1. Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center, then click Change Adapter Settings on the left side.
  2. Right-click your network connection service (normally "Local Area Connection" or "Wireless Network Connection") and select Properties.
  3. Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.
  4. On the General tab, click the Advanced… button.
  5. In the Append these DNS suffixes (in order) list, click Add, then enter the search domain: trot.to
  6. Repeat these steps for any other network connection services you use frequently.
  1. In NetworkManager, edit your network connection service and click the IPv4 Settings tab.
  2. In the Search domains field, enter the search domain: trot.to
  3. Click Save. Repeat these steps for any other network connection services you use frequently.

Creating go links

Create go links at any time by visiting https://trot.to and using the go link creator.

Trotto supports programmatic links, which are links containing placeholders that map onto the destination URL.

For example, you might want to use a placeholder to create a go link like the following: gh/%s pointing to https://github.com/my_org/%s. Then, when you (or anyone on your team) types go/gh/frontend, you'll be redirected to https://github.com/my_org/frontend.

You can use multiple placeholders in your go links. If you create a go link like go/[keyword]/%s/%s, the text you enter in place of %s will be substituted, in order, into each %s detected in your destination URL.

Quicksearches

You can use the go/[keyword]/%s programmatic links described above to set up team-wide quicksearches for any database your team uses often.

For example, to search Google Drive, you might create a go link like go/drive/%s (or even go/d/%s) that points to https://drive.google.com/drive/search?q=%s. Once you've created the go link, anyone on your team can use it.

You can usually determine the URL these quicksearch go links should point to by trying an actual search on the service, then copying the URL and replacing the term you searched for with the %s placeholder.

Managing go links

By signing in to Trotto with your company account, you can visit the Directory page and browse or search your organization's existing go links. Each go link displays its keyword, destination URL, and creator's email address. You can also edit go links you've created from the Directory page.

Go links in the office for everybody

It is easy to make go links work for all of your colleagues in the office that don't have the Chrome extension installed yet. You or your IT team can configure a DNS search domain (also known as a DNS suffix) on your network or router. If you have a paid plan, we'll work with you to get DNS suffixes working on your system.

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