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What does URL mean?

March 30th, 2008 by Bean

Define URL: URL Definition

URL is an Acronym for “Uniform Resource Locator”

To Help Define URL, it is an address for a web page or blog page, or for that matter, any page on the Internet. I know that this will be a simplistic URL definition, but think of it as a page in a book. Go to page 53. Page 53 is the address (URL) for the information, pictures, text, or short story, etc., that you are looking for (thus, being searched). I could use other examples, but this should be adequate.

Now, to define the URL address, it might be the address of a Web site’s Home Page, Contact Page, Sitemap, Image File or any of the inside pages, sub pages, or directories of a website. Another useful, but not great analogy, would be to think of the Internet as one “Big Book” with lots of “Sections” (Websites, Blogs, etailers, etc.). There’s a “URL address” for each and every page.

When visiting a webpage, or blog page, glance up to the address bar in your browser. As you click through from one page to the next, you will see that the URL address changes.

Dissecting the URL: Definition of a URL – Examples:

URL Description

Image complements of

html Anchor Text Linkhtml Tutorial Videos

Quick Squeeze Pages Quick Squeeze Pages 99358 PLR Niche Articles 123 WYSIWYG html Editor123 WYSIWYG html Editor


  1. The beginning of the URL http address indicates what protocol is being used:




(Both protocols in the above examples will work) “but,” start to prefer
just http://, it is easier and the (www.) is implied.

IMPORTANT: Learn to use ‘one’ URL protocol form or the other for all your future web development purposes, this could be very important with regard to search engine rankings. This is a saturation issue. You need to guide those who are linking back to you, and/or, you linking back to you, with a consistent protocol address. I will be “addressing” more advanced techniques in future discussions.

  1. The second section of the URL (after the // or www.) specifies the Domain’s Name or IP address:


There’s also an IP address; a numerical address that looks like the following fictional example –


You will rarely, if ever need to use this for regular web surfing or domain development and I will not get into details for this definition of URL . So, don’t worry about it for now and please continue to study here. But if you must, here’s a place to start.

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  1. Additional sub-pages or sub-directories of a website are the third part of the URL, think of it much like the file directories where mp3’s are stored on your computer:






After every forward slash ‘/ ‘ think of it as a sub-directory.






And for you mac users I have no idea, but with Apple’s Ingenuity and dedication en masse, I have no doubt as to its viability.

Note: URL is a technical term that is a misplaced synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). I will not get into the technical aspects of this, nor discuss how it came about, but suffice it to say, the acronym “URL” is now commonly used.

More on the use of /index.html/later!

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