What is a URL?

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a reference that points to a resource (a file, a graphic image, etc.) on the Internet. The format of a URL is:

server-type://host-name/path-name

Where

For example, the following URL:

http://www.eelab.usyd.edu/~rodica/url.html

points to the document url.html in the Personal WWW directory for the user rodica on the Electrical and Information Engineering Personal Web Page Server.

Note: On many servers, the path-name is often case specific (ie: UPPER, lower, Mixed) and should be entered exactly as they are written.

The server-type portion of the URL can be used to access many types of servers.

What kinds of server-types are available?


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