URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. It’s also known as a web address as well as a domain name.
However, the main thing you need to know is that it’s the unique identifier for your website. It’s what other people type in to arrive at your website.
The internet isn’t ‘just the web’ and there were several different protocols associated with the internet, such as:
- www – world wide web – used to signify websites
- http:// – hyper text transfer protocol – this could signify several different locations including on your computer
- FTP – File Transfer Protocol – used to transfer files between two computers over a network.
Nowadays, the ‘web’ is much less separate. Because the ‘www’ protocol was the most popular, virtually all internet servers such as Google, Bing etc will open up the same page regardless of whether you’ve entered http://www.digitallysorted.com or http://digitallysorted.com
Your URL will show up at the top of your browser and unless you have any redirects, it will by default show the homepage.