You have probably heard of a URL heard - but if someone asked you what it is and what it does, would you still know the answer? If not, read this brief explanation about the purpose of a URL.
What is a URL?
URL stands for "Uniform Resource Locator" and is the most common form of Uniform Resource Identifiers: strings used to identify a resource on the web. It tells the hypertext system that runs the Internet what protocol to use to find the resource you want to access and where it is located. In simple terms, a URL another name for a web address and helps users navigate directly to the websites they want to view.
What is the point of a URL?
A URL makes it easier for users to find and remember the right way to navigate to a website. Every web page has an IP (Internet Protocol) address that web browsers use to get users to their destination. However, an IP address consists of a series of numeric characters (e.g. 188.8.131.52). Imagine that every time you check your e-mail, you have to navigate to an Search Engine navigate or log in to Facebook, enter different strings - not ideal, right? One URL assigns a more user-friendly string (such as www.name.com) to each IP address, making it easier for users to remember and enter when they want to access a particular website.
How do I get a URL?
The registration of your own URL is simple and takes only a few minutes. Just go to a domain registrar's website and search for the desired URL. If it's available, just add it to your cart and check it out, just like any other online purchase. Domain registrations last for one year and are yours as long as you keep renewing them.« Back to Glossary Index