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URL (Uniform Resource Locator)

A URL (or uniform resource locator) is the address of a specific web page or file on the internet. It is similar to an address for a building, as it tells the internet where to find a specific webpage or file so that you can view it in your web browser.

A typical URL is made up of a few parts:

  • The protocol: This tells your computer how to access the web page or file. The most common protocol is http or https, which is used for websites.

  • The domain name: This is the name of the website, such as for example. It tells the browser where the web pages or files you are looking for are stored.

  • The path: This is the specific location of the file or webpage within a website. It usually starts with a forward slash and is followed by a string of letters, numbers, and symbols that describe the specific location of the file or webpage.

For example, this page’s URL is

  • The protocol is https

  • The domain name is

  • The path is /support/url-uniform-resource-locator

When you type a URL into your web browser, the browser uses the information in the URL to find the web page or file and display it on your screen. URLs are not limited to just web pages, you can also use them to access resources like images, videos, pdfs and other document types.

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