What Is A URL?

Almost every Fred's Head article has one of these, but we've never really explained what it is exactly, so here you go.

URL is short for Uniform Resource Locator and it is basically just a Web address. In more technical terms, a URL is the global address of documents and other resources used on the World Wide Web.

The first part of a URL is for protocol use and the second part is for the IP address or domain name. These two parts work together to bring you your favorite Web sites. Let's say you visit the American Printing House for the Blind's website quite often and the URL is of course, http://www.aph.org. The first part is http:// and the second is www.aph.org. Without both of those parts together, you wouldn't be able to visit the site.

So, the next time you type in a Web address, think about how the term URL brings us all together!


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