You can access websites via various methods, including social media, another website, directly typing the website’s URL into your browser’s address bar, or via search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and so on).
However, two of the most frequent ways of launching a page on a computer browser are through a search bar/engine or by typing the URL into the address bar.
But which method is the most effective for loading a specific website? For example, to access Vic’s Guide, should you type www.vicsguide.com (or vicsguide.com) into your browser’s URL bar? Or Should you use Google to search for “Vicsguide” and then go to the website from the search results page?
No single strategy works for everyone, but one is always better than the other, depending on particular elements and scenarios. We’ve highlighted a few of them below.
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Making Use of Search Engines
If you don’t know the precise location of the website, you want to visit or can’t recall the specific spelling or phrases that make up the URL, searching for it using terms you remember is best.
If, on the other hand, you know the precise URL of the website you want to visit, using a search engine or your browser’s search bar is not only inefficient but also wastes bandwidth/internet/data plan. You’d have to load the search engine result page before going to the website.
Employing a search engine is a good idea if you know the website’s exact address but require a particular piece of material.
Entering the URL in the Address Bar
Visiting a website by typing the URL in your browser’s address bar saves time and bandwidth than utilizing the search bar. Furthermore, if you use the search box to find a website, it may not appear on the search results page if the search engine has not indexed the site.
If you know a website’s specific URL address, type it directly into the address bar; the HTTP:// or www. prefixes aren’t required. Some websites even feature short, lightweight URLs that redirect to the main URL, not write the complete URL address. So, for example, instead of putting www.facebook.com into your browser address bar, type fb.com to be taken to Facebook.
To summarize, when you know the URL of the website you wish to visit, type it into the address bar. It’s almost the simplest and most effective way to load a page, particularly one that hasn’t yet been indexed by Google (or other search engines). If you only need to access a specific piece of content on a website or can’t recall the precise URL, the best option is to type the URL and keywords into the search field.
With the preceding suggestions and distinctions, do you know when (and why) you should search on Google and when you should visit a site by typing the URL directly into your browser’s address bar?