Explanation the words in an email and web address

  Neill 10:37 03 Mar 2005

Can anyone break down the elements you see in an everyday web adddress and email address. For example what are the different parts of click here?
[email protected]
I read about transfer protocols and hosts and domain names and protocol but not 100% sure what is what and what they mean - in laymans terms.

  Meshuga 10:46 03 Mar 2005

Not really sure what you want to know. They are just addresses. fredsmith is the senders name and the rest is the email service he is using. No other explanation.

  Neill 10:56 03 Mar 2005

I've been told that a web and email address can be broken down into different parts, each with it's own specific meaning. I typed in the http:// www bbc co uk web address which unfortunately turned into a link on my message!

http:// is what?
bbc is the host?
uk is the domain?
that sort of thing.

  Belatucadrus 11:02 03 Mar 2005

click here enjoy

  Neill 12:33 03 Mar 2005

More complicated than I thought but the web site does explain and with examples. Thanks

  Chezdez 13:03 03 Mar 2005

hmmm, i suppose an explanation of DNS would also help here...

DNS stands for Domain Name Server

this is used to convert a website address typed in english (e.g. google.co.uk) and converts it into the IP address of the website

this is becuase comuters cannot understand "normal" english, they only understand binary. an IP address consists of 4, 8 bit numbers (32 bits total) e.g.

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