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What is a URL?

by Brett M. Christensen

Question From Reader:

I keep coming across the term ‘URL’ when reading articles online. I gather that it means a web address, but what do the letters stand for? Is a URL different to a normal web address? 


Yes, ‘URL’ is a techie way of referring to a web address. For example,’http://www.hoax-slayer.com/‘ is a URL (and a ‘web address’).

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.

When spoken out loud, URL is normally pronounced ‘you-are-ell’.  The term is also sometimes pronounced as ‘Earl’, although saying it that way may irritate the geeks in your life no end.

A URL is a specific type of Uniform Resource Identifier (URI).  A URI is a string of characters used to identify a name of a resource.  However, ‘URL’ and ‘URI’ are often used interchangeably.

Note that an alternative meaning for URL is Universal Resource Locator, although Uniform Resource Locator is probably the most widely accepted. In any case, both mean the same thing.

So, that’s probably all most of us would ever need to know about a URL.  However, if you want to dig deeper into the complexities of URLs, URIs, and related terms, the following links should provide the information you need.

Further Reading

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,