Using website addresses and bookmarks

 

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Using website addresses and bookmarks

A close up image of a web address being typed into a browser window

What's coming up

Using a search engine is a great way to find websites, but if you know the address of the website you're looking for you can go straight to it.

In this activity, you'll find out how you can open a website by typing its address and how to bookmark your favourite website for future use.

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Website addresses

A website address is made up of several different parts. Let's take a look at each in turn.

A website address is shown with 'http://' highlighted

Getting started

The first part tells the web browser how to use the information that follows.

Fortunately you don't need to remember to enter this, or even worry about what it all means, as your web browser will automatically add it for you.

The three W's

WWW stands for World Wide Web and tells the browser that you've entered a website address.

A website address is shown with 'www' highlighted
A website address is shown with the name of the website or company highlighted

The website name

The next part is the main bit of the website name. It is often the name of a company, product or service.

A website address is shown with 'gov.au' highlighted

The letters at the end

There are so many websites that we'd soon run out of possible names without a way to split them up further. The letters at the end help do that.

There are lots of different letter combinations you might see at the end of a website address, one of the most common is .com.

The address bar

If you already know the address of a website you don't need to use a search engine. You can simply type the website address into the address bar of your browser.

Remember, you don't need to enter the http:// part of the address as the browser adds this automatically.

The ABC's website has the letters .net.au after its name, so if you wanted to go to the ABC's website, you would type www.abc.net.au in the address bar.

The ABC website is shown with a magnified example of the website address

Using the address bar

When you open a browser the address bar will automatically contain the address of a pre-set website. This is called the homepage and is often either the website of the company providing the internet access or a search engine.

Whatever the address of the homepage is, you can delete it and enter the address of the page you want.

Let's walk through the steps needed to enter the address for The National Library of Australia, which is www.nla.gov.au

Shows the cursor over an empty address bar

Selecting the address bar

First, we select anywhere in the address bar.

Typing the new address

Next, we need to delete the existing website address and type the address of The National Library of Australia website, www.nla.gov.au into the address bar.

We then press Enter.

Shows the address bar of a browser now containing the website address 'www.nla.gov.au'
The National Library of Australia website

Success

Finally, The National Library of Australia website opens.

Notice that we don't need to include http:// as this was automatically added when the website opened.

Bookmarks

Entering a website address is quicker than searching for a website but opening a website would be even quicker if we didn't have to type the address every time. That's where bookmarks can help.

Bookmarking a website is like bookmarking a page in a book - it helps you find the page you want quickly in future.

Different browsers have different names for bookmarks. For example, Chrome and Firefox call them Bookmarks but Internet Explorer calls them Favourites. They all mean the same thing and work the same way.

bookmark symbol
The ABC website with a magnified section of the top right corner of the page showing a bookmark star

Adding a bookmark

Let's go through the steps for adding a bookmark for the ABC website so that you could find it quickly in future.

Select the Bookmark symbol

First, we select the Bookmark symbol, a star, which in this example is in the top right corner of the menu bar.

Confirming the name

By default, bookmarks are saved to the Bookmarks Bar so that they can be found quickly later.

We can enter a name for the bookmark or keep the suggested one. In this case let's keep Welcome to ABC.net.au

We'd select Done to save the bookmark.

Shows an extra little window that has opened over the ABC website that enables you to add a bookmark
The ABC website with a magnified section of the top left corner of the page showing the bookmarks bar, including the newly saved ABC bookmark

The saved bookmark

After we have saved the bookmark we can see a link for the website in the Bookmark Bar.

The next time we want to open the ABC website we could select this link to go straight to there without needing to enter the address.

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eSafety Tip

You can check a website’s safety rating before visiting it. Go to this website: https://safeweb.norton.com/ and then type in the address of the website you want to visit. Then click 'enter'. You will see results showing how safe the website is.

A man uses his handheld device to search the internet

Congratulations!

Well done, you've come to the end of the Searching using website addresses and bookmarks activity.

You've found out how to open a website using the address and use bookmarks to save your favourite websites for quick access later.

In the next activity, Searching websites, you'll find out how to look for something on a specific website.