What Exactly is a “URL”?

What Exactly is a “URL”?


URL stands for “Uniform Resource Locator.” It is used to identify the location of a file on the internet.

A URL generally includes four parts: (1) protocol (e.g., http://); (2) host or server address; (3) directory/folder; and (4) filename with extension, as shown below:


Each part plays an important role in locating information online, so it is crucial to have them all when sharing links over email, forums, blogs, etc…

For instance, if you are using, your inbox will automatically detect that the link is a URL and will provide you with options on how to open that link.

Depending on your browser, it may automatically open in a new tab or new window.

What about domain names?

A domain name is simply the website’s “home address” on the internet. It generally includes three or more parts: (1) TLD (e.g., .com, .gov); (2) extension/suffix; and (3) root, as shown below:


domain names are case sensitive , which means that “www.scoopertino.com” is treated as a completely different site than “WWW.SCOOPERTINO.COM” or “wWw.scoopertino.com,” for example… So remember to always use the same capitalization when sharing links with friends!

So how do you create a URL?

You can create your own URLs by simply typing them into your browser's address bar or specifying them in HTML code (i.e., anywhere that text appears on webpages).

Once a user has entered a valid URL, their browser will go to that file and display it. If they type an invalid link, an error message will appear instead of going to that page.

It is important to note that not all links are visible at first; there might be other hyperlinks on the page, hidden by CSS (i.e., “display: none”) or other tags.

To view these links, users can either use their browser's "view source" option (for example, in Firefox this is accessible under Tools -> Web Developer -> View Source) or use an extension like Firebug for Firefox to quickly see the HTML of every page they visit.

>"Firebug for Firefox" http://getfirebug.com/

(This information is available via the help menu in your browser.)

Who decides which content gets a URL?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is a non-profit group, manages the assignment of domain names and IP addresses. The author of a website has full authority over whether or not to make URLs for their content visible to visitors.

Why is it important to only use official URLs?

URLs are made available by their authors as a convenience for other users. If a user copies/pastes a link from someone else into their browser's address bar, they expect that link to work and take them where they want to go…

Not all links lead to valid content; scammers create websites designed specifically to mislead users with fake hyperlinks which might appear legitimate but actually direct the user to dangerous places (i.e., scams, malware downloads). So be sure not click on suspicious links or ads.

How do I find the URL of a picture/video/page?

This is generally not possible, as images can't contain URLs (hyperlinks). The way to share them online is via websites like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc... which host these files and provide a link so other people can view them.

Is a URL the same as a domain name?

No – although they are often confused and used interchangeably. A domain name is just one part of a URL – another important part being the file's location on the internet…and each part plays an important role in locating information online, so it is crucial to have all parts when sharing links over email, forums, blogs, etc…



URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. A URL is a string of characters that identifies a file on the internet. There are many different types of URLs, but they all have two things in common: there must be a protocol and there must be a domain name before the suffix.

Also, a URL will remain the same so long as it points to an existing website or document; however, if either (or both) changes locations or no longer exists then the link will stop working. This happens frequently with links shared through social media like fb and twitter.. When this happens users can copy and paste the link into an outside browser such as google chrome to see what linked pages come up when searching for keywords associated with the original page (which will remain the same)


URLs have a lot of benefits. First, they give users a way to find files on the internet. For example, if a user types “google.com” into their web browser address bar and presses enter, they are brought to Google’s homepage. Second, URLs act as an identifier for websites (and other file types like images). Without them it would be nearly impossible to navigate the ever-changing structure of the Internet; URLs help users identify where certain content is located on specific servers which helps them more easily locate what they want—even if what they want changes over time.

Third, URLs make navigation easy by breaking down complex file paths (like those used in torrenting) into something that is easy to remember. Furthermore, URLs give users the opportunity to bookmark webpages and search engines an easier way to crawl them for indexing purposes.


Finally, as mentioned previously, URLs allow files on the internet to be recognized as unique by assigning each file its own IP address which acts as a unique identifier that works across all servers where it might be located at any given time. As a result, users can access those shared files from anywhere then they have a connection with a data network (almost anywhere you go there is some kind of data network). However, this also means anyone with permission can delete or modify content on server which changes the URL. This means if a site’s administrators decide they want to change

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