Relative Vs. Absolute Links

Absolute Links

When a user searches the internet for a specific website, they will often use an absolute link. An absolute link is a link that uses an http request in order to instantly search through the world wide web for a specific (or absolute) address or URL. Absolute links can be used from any webpage across the internet, rather than just stay relative to a specific page.

Example of Absolute Links…


Relative Links

Most websites use navigation bars at the top, side, or maybe even bottom of their webpages, as well as other buttons on said website. It is not uncommon that some of these buttons are what is called a relative link. Relative links are links that do not make an http request, and therefore do not possess the power to search the world wide web, but rather link to things in nearby directories.

Example of Relative Links…

<a href=”blog.html”>Go to Blog Page!</a>