Are a URL and a domain name the same thing?

A domain name is often confused with a URL, but they are different things.

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator and refers to the entire address used to visit a website, including all those colons and slashes. This address includes the domain name.

The URL for the Netregistry website would be 'https://www.shoppingwebsites.com.au'. This contains the 'hypertext transfer protocol' (http), telling the browser that you are using a domain name instead of an IP Address. This is followed by the domain name itself (www.shoppingwebsites.com.au or shoppingwebsites.com.au — both are valid). This points to the server where the website is hosted and the particular files on that server to be accessed.

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