The page Manual:Short URL/wiki/Page title -- no root access cpanel was deleted, which is unfortunate because it was the only short url method I understood. There doesn't appear to be any formal process to request undeletion, so I'm just going to say that it was useful and it worked well. I gather it was supposed to be replaced by Manual:Short URL/Apache, but that's much too complex for me. It is a manual after all, why are we getting rid of one of the few pages that explains something simply? In any case, can someone undelete it for just a minute to put the text on my userpage?
That page included bad rewrite rules in it. Following that pages' advice will leave your wiki with buggy short urls.
If you want simple setup, could you see if the config generation tool works for you http://shorturls.redwerks.org/
Yep, that worked, thanks. It looks like those settings come with image uploads on, do you know if that's a requirement? I'll need to turn them off on another wiki sooner or later. Thanks!
404 thumbnail handlers are another complex thing to configure so I had that system also include thumbnail configuration.
However I didn't code it to check if uploads were enabled on the wiki. So it defaults on even when uploads aren't enabled. The $wgEnableUploads in the LocalSettings.php was actually hardcoded in (mistakenly assuming it's already on) along with the comment so that you'd know what part of LocalSettings.php to put the config in. That's something I have to fix later.
If you don't want the 404 thumbnail handler or don't have uploads enabled you can uncheck the "Include 404 thumbnail handler config" checkbox at the top and submit to get config without the thumbnail handler config.