Short unique id in php

I want to create a unique id but uniqid() is giving something like '492607b0ee414'. What i would like is something similar to what tinyurl gives: '64k8ra'. The shorter, the better. The only requirements are that it should not have an obvious order and that it should look prettier than a seemingly random sequence of numbers. Letters are preferred over numbers and ideally it would not be mixed case. As the number of entries will not be that many (up to 10000 or so) the risk of collision isn’t a huge factor.

Generate a unique id

I am a student at university and our task is to create a search engine. I am having difficulty generating a unique id to assign to each url when added into the frontier. I have attempted using the SHA-256 hashing algorithm as well as Guid. Here is the code that i used to implement the guid: