Finding your URL, website and domain names

This article will help you clear the confusion between a domain and URL. In this article, we will explain their difference and show some examples in order to clarify these concepts.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is an Internet resource name and it locates a website on the Internet. In general, a domain name is an address via which internet users can access your website. Domain names are assigned according to the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS) protocol. Any publicly-accessible name in the DNS is a domain name.

Examples of domain names include: yola.com, google.com, yahoo.com

What is the URL?

URL stands for the Uniform Resource Locator. It is a unique identifier that is used for locating the files on the internet. It’s a web address that we use to identify a specific resource on the network.

There are several parts of a URL:

Protocol: usually HTTP or HTTPS

Subdomain: usually www

Domain name: yola

Top-level domain: .com

Path: /resources

The format of the URL is always as follows: protocol + subdomain + domain + path + filename.

Examples of URLshttps://yola.com/pricing/pricelist.htm  https://helpcenter.yola.com  

Domain vs URL: Understand the differences

There are differences between URL and domain names. The URL is a string of information providing the complete address of the web page on the internet. The domain name is a part of the URL which is a user-friendly form of an IP address. 

We use the URL for identifying a particular web page. For example: 

http://www.yourwebsite.com/index.html is a complete URL

yourwebsite.com is the domain name.

A domain name is what people type into their browser to find your site. This is why domain names are sometimes called web addresses. 

So yola.com is the domain or web address of the Yola website.

Registering a domain, however, doesn't automatically create a website. It only means that you have registered the custom name for your website. To use your newly purchased custom domain with your Yola build website, you will need to have a hosting package.

Yola helps you register your domain and get your website hosted, in addition to the Sitebuilder+ tool to help you build your website. This means you can register your domain name, build a website for it, and get it online all in one place. Go ahead and explore our affordable pricing.

What is a subdomain?

Simply, subdomain, also known as a child domain, is a domain name with a prefix. It is part of the main domain name. For example, www.xyz.com is a URL, and www is the subdomain.

Here’s the basic difference between a domain and a subdomain:

xyz.com is the main domain name

store.xyz.com is a subdomain

private.xyz.com is a subdomain 

When you publish your website to a free subdomain name on Yola, your URL becomes:

https://yourwebsite.yolasite.com

And your domain name is yourwebsite.yolasite.com

Differences between HTTP and HTTPS in the URL

HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a protocol which is a set of rules and standards. HTTP goes as plain text which makes it not secure and susceptible to interception.

On the other hand, HTTPS is a secure protocol. It works in conjunction with TLS/SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate. The certificate ensures the authentication of the flow of information between the browser and the server. Your website has an SSL certificate assigned to it by default when you publish it in the Sitebuilder.

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