Many people, especially webmasters or internet marketers who have been using a free service such as Yahoo! Directory or other free tools that automatically generate the URL automatically may be confused by the difference between a relative and absolute URL. The absolute URL is also known as an absolute path. It is a path that ends with an / at the end of a line. A relative URL is one that starts with / and has no / at the end of the line.
The difference between a relative and absolute URL has to do with the order in which the various features of the server of your browser should be used to resolve the address. You may think that a path starting with / can only be used to reference a file on the same server as you, but that’s not true. In fact, in any instance where a filename is relative to the site that is being accessed, it must be appended with “http” to make sure that the name does not include / at the end of the filename. There are many different methods that can be used to do this, depending on the browser and the version of the browser. IE for example requires a dot before the filename, Chrome does not. If you are going to use an absolute URL, it is recommended that you use either a slash or two slashes before the filename. So” /index.php” becomes “index.php?file=”.
There are many more differences between a relative and absolute URL, but those are the basics. Regardless of what type of URL you are attempting to use, you need to make sure that it ends with the appropriate / at the end. This is a basic skill and does not take a lot of time to learn. If you are a beginner, then a basic tutorial on this topic could be an interesting way to learn more about what is absolute URL and what does it mean to you.