Differences between domains, sub-domains and directories

Put simply, a domain is what you would usually refer to as your website's URL.  

An example of a domain: wordpresshosting.com.au (or http://wordpresshosting.com.au)

- Notice the domain name and .com.au extension?

An example of a sub-domain: hello.wordpresshosting.com.au (or http://hello.wordpresshosting.com.au)

- Notice the sub-domain name "hello" followed by a dot "."?

An example of a directory: wordpresshosting.com.au/hello (or http://wordpresshosting.com.au/hello)

- Notice the forward-slash "/" then the directory name "hello"?

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