URL: The Resource Locator

A URL is an address and a kind of substitute for IP addresses that can be close to impossible to remember and which does not tell anything about what one finds on a given page.

However, other types of addresses can be described by other URx abbreviations, as it is called, URN, URI, and URC. The most widely used standard is without a doubt the URL. 

A URL consists of several Elements

A URL is a combination of some different elements that together form the basis of the entrance angle to a given website. 

A URL consists of the following elements:

  • Protocol
  • Subdomain (If used)
  • Domain Name
  • ccTLD or a TLD.


The protocol is the first part of a given URL. Either HTTP or https. A protocol tells which service or port to use to access the page.


The next element is the subdomain – if one is used. If you have www as part of your URL, you use a subdomain. A domain may have one or more associated subdomains.

Subdomains are often used to assemble different services or landing pages under a single domain – the content of subdomains can easily vary significantly with the contents of the primary domain. A subdomain is basically a “new” domain and is treated as an independent website, even though it exists on an already existing and known domain.

Domain Name

The next item is the domain name. And as you probably already know the domain name of this site is Nichefinder.

ccTLD or TLD

Finally, we have ccTLD and TLD. A ccTLD is a Country Code (cc) Top Level Domain. That is a domain that is targeted to a specific country – for example, United Kingdom .UK.

Generic top-level domains, which in popular speech are simply called TLD, are not targeted to a country. Examples of this could be .blog .com or .net.

Break down


The following is the complete URL for this website: https://www.nichefinder.blog/

The breakdown of these elements will look like this:

https: // (protocol) www (subdomain) nichefinder (domain name) .blog (TLD)

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