What Is A URL?

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (4 years, 1 month ago)

The acronym URL stands for Uniform Resource Locators, but that doesn’t really clear up what a URL is for all but the most well-versed internet users. To clear things up a little bit, URL is basically synonymous with “internet address”, so you can use either word interchangeably.

As you’ve noticed if you’ve ever typed a website’s internet address into the address bar on your browser, a URL will take you to the website you’re looking for. So what a URL actually does is it connects you to the image, page, or program on the internet that you were looking for. Because of this it is of the utmost importance that a URL is copied or written out exactly, everything from punctuation to spacing can make a difference in a URL, and of course we want our address to take us to the right website. A single error in a URL will misdirect your browser the same way that one wrong number in a phone call will connect you to the wrong person.

A URL is made of several components which allow your browser to be directed in the right direction. When you type all the components of a URL into your browser, the different parts of the address connect you to the right server. For example typing www.processlibrary.com will take you to our website, but you might have noticed that not all URLs end with “.com”. If you type in www.processlibrary.com/blog, the addition of “/blog” in the URL tells the website once you’ve arrived that you want to be sent to another page of the same site, so it will redirect you to our blog.

With well over 630 million websites, it can be easy to get waylaid, but if you have the correct URL you’re one step closer to getting where you need to be.

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