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uniform resource locator (URL)

A uniform resource locator (URL) identifies the location of a website on the internet. This is simultaneously a text string (address) and a number.

For example, you can type into your address bar either the address:; or the internet protocol number to access the Motive homepage.

Parts of a URL

A URL is comprised of four parts. Using as an example:

  1. protocol: http://
  2. domain or machine name:
  3. directory path: /about/
  4. file name: index.html

Browser handling of incomplete or broken URLs

Where a URL does not included a file name; for example, the web browser may:

Related terms: anchor, domain name, DNS server, hosting, hyperlink, HTTP, IP address, linking, server.


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