What is a URL?

URL stands for "universal resource locator". This is the web site address which is typed in to view a specific web page on the Internet.

For example, to load up Elehost Web Design's home page you would type in http://www.elehost.com.

The URL has several parts to it. The first part (http://) tells your Internet browser, such as Firefox, what type of document you are attempting to load. In the above example the HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol.

If you are connecting to a secured web site the first part of the URL will be https:// (you simply add an "S" to the end of "HTTP"). The security of a web site can and should be verified if you are going to be purchasing a product or service. This can be done within your browser by clicking on the SSL icon used by your browser. Most web stores and order forms do not typically take you to a secured page until you reach the payment page requiring entry of your credit card.