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What does “URL” Mean?

Friday, April 28th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms

Marcus from NH asks:

“What is a URL”? 

Hey, Marcus – We use this term all the time in the newsletters, but we’ve never really explained what it is exactly, so here you go.

URL is short for Uniform Resource Locator, and it is basically just a Web address.

In more technical terms, though, a URL is the global address of documents and other resources used on the Internet.

The first part of a URL is for protocol use and the second part is for the IP address or domain name. These two parts work together to bring you your favorite Web sites. Let’s say you visit WorldStart’s Web site quite often and the URL is, of course,

The first part is http:// and the second is Without both of those parts together, you wouldn’t be able to visit the site. And that would just be a shame.

So, the next time you type in a Web address, think about how the term URL brings us all together!

~ Erin

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