What is a URL?

The address bar at the top of a web page, commonly called a URL, is the universal resource locator. This includes all of the information your computer needs to find the right page, image, or document on a website. Your domain name is included in the URL, but a domain is not the same thing as a URL. Simply put, a URL is the whole string of characters, creating a map that leads your computer where you want to go online.

The example above is a URL, a computer would start reading the letters .COM, also called a top-level domain (TLD). Then, it would move left to include the domain name, Knowledgebasa.co.zw to find the right website. Once it locates the servers where the website is hosted, it checks the characters after the TLD, in this case, the ‘/domains/’ in order to locate the right web page to display.

The ‘https://’ stands for Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol. A protocol is a command that tells your computer to read the following information as hypertext, which is a structured language that uses logical links, called hyperlinks, between different nodes on the web page that contain text.