Start-up founders: Stop calling #domain names “URLs”

For the love of Jesus: Domain names should not be called “URLs.”

The domain investor community should be up in arms, as uneducated founders of start-ups, mid-level managers, and aged CEOs close to retirement perform this crucial faux pas very often.

For example, domain broker extraordinaire, Bill Sweetman, who operates from the mega-brand, asked his high level clients for recommendations; one clueless CEO thanked Bill for managing the “acquisition of a URL.”

Naturally, Bill is a very nice guy and did not use his sharp Japanese katana to perform a “Kill Bill” style maneuver. Perhaps he should.

A review on Trustpilot made another reference to a URL that the reviewer acquired after “many years” of unavailability.

Domains are NOT URLs.

Let’s help end, once and for all, this wrong reference to a domain name as a “URL.”

A domain name is the unique name that identifies a website or an email address on the internet. It is the name that people type in their web browsers to access a specific website. For example, “” is a domain name.

URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) are the addresses of specific pages or resources on a website. They are the full addresses that people type in their web browsers to access a specific page or resource on a website. For example, “” is a URL.

In other words, a domain name is the name of a website, while a URL is the address of a specific page or resource on that website. When you buy a domain name, you can then create as many URLs as you want; on the other hand, you cannot register a URL.

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