What Does "URL" Stand For?


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URL is an acronym that stands for "uniform resource locator." Its purpose is to give an exact web address for files and sites on the Internet.

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The URL format was developed by Tim Berners-Lee and the Internet Engineering Taskforce in 1994 to create a more standardized system for accessing files and domains around the Internet. As of 2014, users can find the URL of a web page by looking at the top bar of most browsers. The URL often begins with a protocol such as http (hypertext transfer protocol), https (which is the same as http except that it includes a security layer to encrypt data), or ftp (file transfer protocol), which tells the browser how to access the information the user is looking for.

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