What is Uniform Resource Locator (URLs)

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Uniform Resource Locator (URLs): 

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a form of URI and is a standardized naming convention for addressing documents accessible over the Internet and Intranet. An example of a URL is https://www.yourwebsite.com/, which is the URL for the Computer Hope website.

A Uniform Resource Locator, or URL, is a text string that supplies an Internet address, and the method by which the address can be accessed, such as HTTP or FTP. Current technology allows Web browsers to act as clients for services beyond Web pages, including FTP.
For example, suppose you enter the following Web address:
http://www.icann.org/general/abouticann.htm
The URL will access a Web page because it begins with HTTP. It then contacts the Web server and domain named www.icann.org (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). It will locate a file on that server named abouticann.htm in a folder named general.
The URL for an FTP site, like that of a Web page, may name the domain, or it may include folders or file names. Here are some examples:

  • ftp://ftp.netscape.com/
  • ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/
  • ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/readme.txt

 

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