JARGON ALERT! What Is The Difference Between a Domain A-Record, Subdomain, Web Pages, Slugs and Redirects?

JARGON ALERT! What Is The Difference Between a Domain A-Record, Subdomain, Web Pages, Slugs and Redirects?

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JARGON ALERT! What Is The Difference Between a Domain A-Record, Subdomain, Web Pages, Slugs and Redirects?

The online, website techy stuff can be pretty confusing when you are just getting started; and as the CEO of the all-in-one business platform Tekmatix, I am often asked to explain what all of the website lingo means…

So in this video I explain the difference between the following:

  • a web domain
  • a subdomain
  • a web page
  • a web page slug (also called a path)
  • a website/url redirect

Let’s get techy (as simple as possible!)…

Domain (A-Record):

At the very top of your website hierarchy is the domain itself. This is your website address. Eg, one of mine is: www.sarahcordiner.com.

This is your unique address on the web, and you purchase it from domain registrars like GoDaddy, CrazyDomains, Namecheap Square, etc.

The A-record is a setting within your domain’s DNS (Domain Name System) that links your domain to a specific IP address, essentially pointing your domain to your web server.

In short, the ‘a record’ is the primary web URL that your website lives on.


A subdomain is like a subcategory within your main domain.

For example, courses.sarahcordiner.com is a subdomain of SarahCordiner.com.

It is often used to separate different areas of your operations, such as online courses (which might live on a different portal, but still run from your domain).

Creating a subdomain can be done in the DNS settings of your domain registrar.

Web Pages and Slugs:

Within your domain and subdomains, you have individual web pages, each with its own unique URL.

For instance, sarahcordiner.com/home takes you to the homepage, while http://sarahcordiner.com/contact leads to the contact page.

The part of the URL after the forward slash (/) is called the slug (also called path).

It identifies specific pages and helps users navigate directly to the content they need.


Redirects are incredibly useful for branding and managing your online traffic.

A redirect forwards one URL to another, or creates more memorable and prettier links under your domain.

I hope this helps those of you who feel bamboozeled by buzzwords in tech!

Do let me know if you have any questions!

And remember – if you run a business, you definitely need tech and an online presence to run it effectively and profitably. Tekmatix is an all in one business and course platform that comes with 2 x FREE set-up calls; and our Teksperts connect your domains, subdomains and email sending domain FOR you when you sign up.

Happy tekkin!

Sarah x

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