What is URL structure?

What is URL structure?


A URL is an address on the internet. It’s made up of a protocol, domain name, and a path. The protocol determines how the rest of the address is laid out; for example, HTTP uses “http://” and HTTPS uses “https://” before the domain name.


The domain name is like your street address on the internet. When you want to visit Bob’s Burgers  online with your browser (i.e., when you type in www .bobsburgers .com into your address bar), that's what tells your computer which website it should open:  the one at bobsburgers .com .

Similarly, there are different top-level domains (TLDs) like .com, .org, and .gov.

These are the same as street types:  just like you live on a street called Main St., you might visit Google at google .com (where google is the domain name and com is the TLD).


The last part of a URL - the path or file name - is what’s inside that website. When you visit google .com, for example, it opens whatever page you've bookmarked at google .com/homepage  (where homepage is the path).


For more information, visit our page on URL structure.


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