Sharing Your Website
Learn about web addresses and the best way to share them on social media and other venues. (4 minutes)
Web addresses are very complicated and in the video, I only talk about the parts that matter to a website owner sharing web addresses to drive traffic to their website.
A few more facts about web addresses
- The https:// protocol might be http:// - which means the link between you and the website is not secure. Watch Securing YourWebsite to find out more
- Web addresses can end with a query mark "?" with additional text - this can be extra information for the website to process, such as a search string "?s=hello"
- Web addresses can also end with a "#" and additional text, this is a link into a particular section of the web page
Find out more on Mozilla: What is a URL?
Today I am going to talk about web addresses and how to share your website on social media and other venues.
My name is Katie Ayres, and I’m a web developer and owner of 1 Happy Place, and I am going to talk about Sharing Your Website.
When I was a kid and the teacher asked me to write my name on my paper, in the margin, I didn’t just write Katie Ayres, I wrote “Katie Ayres, 3rd row, 4th seat, Room #9, Oakwood School, Santa Clara, California, USA, Earth, Solar System, and Milky Way.
I liked the idea, that if an alien on the other side of the universe had this address, they could find me that day, sitting at my desk.
Web addresses work the same way. For a page on your website, there is one unique address that will retrieve that one page. No matter where someone is in the world, if they type in a particular web address, they will see the same web page every time.
One way to see how this all works, is to watch the address up in the browser, such as Chrome.
If I type in the domain 1happyplace.com, you will see the home page of my website. If we go to the about page, you will see 1happyplace.com/about.
A web address has two parts:
The domain represents the slice of the Internet that you own. When you set up hosting, you gave your website a home and that hosting company provides the directory in which your website lives. Then, the path portion of the address, points to a place inside that directory of files.
Let’s click on the Portfolio page, that address is 1happyplace.com/portfolio.
These are the simplest of addresses, but they can get more complicated. Let’s click on the Videos section of the website, where this video lives. Then if we click on “Can I go to the Internet”, we reach a video and the web address is 1happyplace.com/video-library/can-i-go-to-the-internet
This allows for organization and roughly matches the way you might organize a directory of files on your computer. The directory is video-library and the file is can-i-go-to-the-internet. This doesn’t have to match the files on the server, but in this case, it does.
So what about the https:// part of the web address. That has to do with history and the protocols used for your computer or phone to connect with my server that holds 1happyplace. Just know that it will always be https:// and some applications like facebook might show it or might not.
Now, to share your website you need to either copy/paste or type the address. While you can type the address, the absolute best way to share a page is to open it up in a browser. Select the entire address in the address bar, and paste it into your post, or whatever it is you are doing. That is guaranteed to work. Different applications, such as facebook, outlook, and gmail can decide whether you need the https:// header or not. But if you cut and paste, you get the whole address and you are safe that it will work properly.
Let’s post a link on facebook to one of my videos. If I select the address in the address bar and copy it, and then go to facebook and hit paste, you will see facebook wake up and show a graphic. It is actually doing this by pulling that page off the internet and finding meta information that says, hey use this graphic if someone shares this video.
I hope this has helped you better understand how to share links to your website which encourages more traffic.
Be sure to share your website whenever you get the chance!
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