What is a URL?

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You have almost certainly used and heard the acronym URL while navigating the World Wide Web, but what does it mean?

It is probably extremely unnecessary that you know the details of what a URL is as a business owner, you certainly don’t need to know much about them to use one, but for those who are curious, here goes; URL, commonly referred to as a web address, stands for ‘Uniform Resource Locator’. These are the letters and symbols that make up the address of specific web pages on the internet. For example the URL for the main Netgems website (this fabulous creation you’ve landed on) is http://netgems.co.uk

A URL has two main components:

  • Protocol identifier: For the URL http://netgems.co.uk, the protocol identifier is http. The protocol identifier indicates the name of the protocol to be used to fetch the resource.
  • Resource name: For the URL http://netgems.co.uk, the resource name is netgems.co.uk. The resource name is the complete address to the resource (The location of the web page or document).

The protocol identifier and the resource name are separated by a colon and two forward slashes. The example uses the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which is typically used to serve up hypertext documents. HTTP is just one of many different protocols used to access different types of resources on the net. Other protocols include File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Gopher, File, and News.

Consider your curiosity quenched, I hope…

If not I suggest focusing on growing your business instead (with help from Netgems of course).


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