A URL can also be called a web address or even link. URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
A URL, usually contains the transfer protocol, the domain name and the path. It can however have other stuff too. (like URL queries marked with a question mark, after the path)
Let’s take this URL for example: https://techie-show.com/what-is-a-domain-name/
- https:// is the transfer protocol;
- techie-show is the domain name;
- .com is the TLD (top-level domain);
- /what-is-a-domain-name/ is the path;
A URL points to a specific page on a website.
Here’s an image explaining the above:
Safety tip: try and steer away from HTTP:// websites if you don’t know for sure what that website contains, as nowadays any trustworthy website will run through the HTTPS:// protocol. Also don’t fill out and send any online forms from HTTP:// websites.