The Important Parts of a URL Your Should Know

The Important Parts of a URL Your Should Know

Now that you know how to get a domain name and a general idea of what a domain name is, let’s dissect some url’s and give you some definitions and meanings so you understand what people mean when they speak this web jargon ๐Ÿ˜Ž

http://

This part is called the “protocol”. Other common protocols are htpps and ftp.

blog.website.com

In this url “blog” is the name of the sub domain for website.com.

Common examples of sub domains are  maps.google.com and so forth. Sub domains are made ideally for different products and services your website offers that are different from the main website.

Also, sub domains act as a mini websites all on their own.  When you set up a sub domain on a domain you own it’s similar to starting a whole new website.

One of the most common uses of sub domains is to install forum software on a sub domain so you end up with something like forums.digitalpoint.com.

forums.website.com/faq

The “faq” is a web page found within the sub domain website (not on the main website).

website.com/faq

“FAQ” is a web page on a website.

website.com/blog/parts-of-a-url

In this instance blog, is not a web page, it’s a directory. Specifically, it’s called a top level directory.

Facebook.com

Facebook is the domain name.

website.com

The “.com” is the top level domain (TLD). TLD’s can also be specific country codes as well like .co.uk or .us.

So can you explain:

 http://en.ilovecoffee.jp/posts/view/29 

for me?

  • http:// is the protocal.
  • en is the sub domain.
  • ilovecoffee is the domain name.
  • .jp is the TLD, in this instances it’s the country code for Japan.
  • /posts/view: “posts” are the top level directory and “view” is the second level directory.
  • /29 is the name of the web page.

Understand? Yes you do because you’re smart ๐Ÿ™‚

So what we have here is a Japanese language site/blog about coffee with a sub directory called “en” for any English language published content. This is the ideal use of sub domains (e.g. content that is different from the main site, in this instance the main site is in Japanese).