The Anatomy of a URL – What you need to know

August 21, 2016 , ,

When we talk about website building and SEO, URL’s are an absolute crucial element and luckily for Webmasters, CMS’s like WordPress have URL-optimization and rewriting already integrated to make your life easier, but do you know exactly what’s happening behind?

What does it mean?

URL stands for “Uniform Resource Locator” and is used to refer to the address where a network resource like a computer or peripheral is in a network. In the TCP/IP networks, it looks like this:

 

url_parameters

 

This example is  divided in:

  1. Protocol – in this case, HTTPS
  2. Subdomain – in this case, “store”, but “www” is also an example
  3. Domain – “example”
  4. TLD – Top-Level-Domain – “.com”
  5. Folder – in the store, it’s “category”
  6. Path – indicates which product inside the category “car-steering-wheel”
  7. Anchor – a place in the page, probably the buy button “buy”