URL is the abbreviation for "Uniform Resource Locator." A URL is the address of a particular file on a particular server on the Internet. To connect to the server, you have to enter the URL for the website in the address bar of your web browser.

A URL has the following basic format:
protocol/ /: domain_name/folder/file.extension

For example:
http/ /:www.siouxcenterchristian.com/office/Calendar10-11.pdf

  • http:/ / tells your browser how to connect to this server (using the http protocol)
  • www. tells your browser that this is a web server
  • siouxcenterchristian.com tells your browser what server to find on the Internet
  • /office/ tells your browser to find a folder called "office" on that server
  • /Calendar10-11.pdf tells your browser to find this particular file in that folder

There are other protocols besides "http" that can be used to connect to other parts of the Internet, but every webpage will need http in order to connect.

The domain name tells your browser where to find the website you are looking for. There are several different domain codes that help keep the Web organized.