What is an Absolute Link?
A hyperlink that contains a complete URL is known as an absolute link. This particular type of link contains all information that is needed to locate a certain website, document or any other addressable item that is located on the Internet.
Such information includes the following:
- The protocol that needs to be used, either File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
- The location of the website where the item being searched for is found, the domain name of the site to be exact.
- Where the searched for item is, whether in a directory or subdirectory. Subdirectory being a directory within another directory.
The item’s file name, if it has a specific one. Most of the time this includes the extension that defines the item. This extension can include video files, PDF files, image files and HTML files.
With all the specific information included in an absolute link for any certain item, each one is very unique. The reason for this is that with an absolute link there is only one like it for a specific directory or page, you will not find the exact same thing anywhere else on the Web. Page authors do not use absolute links constantly within any particular domain. This is because a computer does not need to have the information located within an absolute link relayed to it again after the item has been found once.
Now, there are two types of links used on the Internet, absolute and relative. Relative links load faster than absolute links because they do not have as much information stored in them. A relative links are unique only in the directory or domain they are located in. So saying, when a relative link appears the computer simply locates the domain of the item being looked for, it does not located the exact file or content.