Internet Intro: What is a URL

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Welcome to our Internet Beginners post series! In this post we will cover what a URL is and where to find it.

There’s a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo out there on the internet and sometimes it can get confusing, especially if you’re new to using the internet! In our Internet Beginners series, we aim to help those who are new, or new-ish to the internet feel confident and comfortable navigating their way around!

Hannah Raeside

Office Manager, Pod Creative

What is a Url

Is a URL the same as a domain name? No, it’s not. A domain name is actually a part of the URL. It’s understandable why people confuse one for the other, the terms are often used interchangably.

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. It is the way your browser is able to pull up a specific page on the internet. There are often many parts to a URL, as shown below:

Let’s quickly go through the elements shown above. The Secure Protocol, also known as a scheme, is the protocol used to request the resource (the website). At Pod Creative we make sure that ALL of our websites are fully secured with complimentary SSL certificates. The Domain Name indicates which web server is being requested. Think of the domain name as the address of your website. The File Path is the specific path to the resource, such as this post.

A URL is nothing more than the address of a given unique resource on the Web. In theory, each valid URL points to a unique resource. Such resources can be a website, a document, an image, etc.



A URL incorporates the domain name, along with other detailed information, to create a complete address (or “web address”) to direct a browser to a specific page online called a web page. In essence, it’s a set of directions and every web page has a unique one.

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