When we work with clients, it often surprises me how many people use Google search as a replacement to using the browser address bar to find a specific website.
For instance, if I already know the URL of the website I’m looking for, like: www.evisionmedia.ca, then I can go directly to that website by typing in “www.evisionmedia.ca” into the address bar of my favourite browser (which is Firefox by the way).
Often, however, I see people struggle to get to a website by first going to the Google search page, entering in either a part or whole URL of the website they want to go to, clicking “search” and trying to find the URL in the resulting search results.
The problem with this technique is that there is an assumption that Google has indexed that website! If it is brand new or is still in the development stage, then the chances are good that Google will not display the website URL that is being looked for. It can’t because it doesn’t know it exists yet!
This is often disconcerting for website owners that are just starting out so the thing to keep in mind is to ensure your web developer submits your website URL to the main search engines once your site goes live and soon afterwards, it will start to appear in the search results.
So for a direct way to go to a website where you know the URL:
1) Open your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari etc)
2) Up at the top of the screen where it says, “http://” is where you type in the website address. This is called the “Address bar”. Often you can even type over the http:// part and the browsers nowadays are smart enough to know what you’re looking for.
3) Hit “enter” or the “go” button to the right of that address bar
4) Voila! you are now on the website that you were wanting! If you didn’t get what you wanted, check to ensure you have the correct spelling- browsers will be literal in what you type so it must be spelled correct to work.
Are you one of those people that use Google Search to find everything even when you know the URL of the website you’re looking for? Submit a comment and share your thoughts on that!