Uniform Resource Locator

(pronounced: U-R-L or earl)

An acronym that describes the location and access method of a resource on the Internet. For example, the URL "//www.netlingo.com" describes the type of access method being used (http-the protocol) and the server location that hosts the Web site (www.netlingo.com-the address). All Web sites have URLs.

One could say a URL is what a telephone number is to a telephone or what a street address is to a house. Because Web site URLs are sometimes long and hard to read, Web browsers have a bookmark feature that gives users the opportunity to save the location (the URL) of sites you'd like to return to.

NetLingo Classification: Technical Terms