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What is an absolute path in WordPress?

Internal links refer to web pages within the same website that point to other pages within that website. In contrast, external links deal with hyperlinks that direct users to other websites. In internal linking, there are two types of paths: absolute paths and relative paths. These two types can be used by web developers to create internal links.

An absolute path contains all the information necessary to locate a particular file or directory, starting with the URL of the domain. This can vary in length, with the shorter type starting with a slash and part of the entire URL, omitting the domain name.

The difference between absolute and relative paths

The difference between the two types of paths is that an absolute path is the complete URL to a particular Folder or a specific file while a relative path points only to an associated link within the website. Relative paths are often used in conjunction with other paths to access specific files.

Website creators therefore use relative paths to link files or pages within their website. However, if you want to link to external folders on other websites, you need to use the absolute path with the full URL. To determine the absolute path for operating systems, you can right-click the destination folder or file and select Properties.

Best practices for the use of absolute paths

It is recommended that you always use the relative path or a shortened version of the absolute path when linking to other pages on your website. This tells the server that the linked page is hosted on the same website, which has a positive effect on web page load times. This method ensures that none of your links will be invalidated if you change your domain name, as the old domain name is not hardcoded into them.


Well, now you've gained a better understanding of how to use absolute and relative paths in web development. This knowledge will allow you to design your website more efficiently, optimize internal linking, and at the same time maintain flexibility when changes to your website or domain name are required. By mastering these concepts, you'll be able to create a professionally designed website that meets your users' needs while providing a seamless user experience.

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