Seventeen years ago, the hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP, was developed in order to improve the speed of browsing and to enhance the experience of internet use. Today, we’re entering the age of HTTP/2 and after close to two decades, the online realm is gearing to introduce people to this new protocol designed to further improve the speed of online platforms.
The Benefits of HTTP/2
You’re probably wondering, what does HTTP/2 have to do with me? The answer is simple. If you use the internet, whether or not you own or develop websites, HTTP/2 should be important to you. Basically, HTTP/2 promises to improve the speed at which people experience the internet which is particularly important in this day and age. With so many texts, images, and other data to load, websites can become slow and tedious to navigate. Thanks to the dawn of HTTP/2, people can enjoy a much faster internet experience.
What Has Changed?
There are several things that have changed between HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2. The first is called multiplexing. This feature allows the new protocol to process multiple requests at a single time as opposed to the single processing that HTTP/1.1 put into action. The multiple processing allows for a faster connection and quicker loading times, making the online experience much more seamless.
Server push allows websites to process more requests without having to wait for current functions to finish. This means websites will request for information and other data before they are even needed to have them in handy. Basically, websites will push the need for information regardless of whether or not they’re already being requested for.
Prioritization is the function that allows websites to load data based on the importance. Browsers suggest what the most important and pertinent data is and the server makes the choice based on these suggestions. This allows websites to load information in a logical manner, presenting the most pertinent information before anything else.
Binary is the language through which information is transmitted, making it a lot faster for websites to receive and send data. This stops the need for internet resources to translate information, thus speeding the transfer of data significantly.
Finally, header compression makes headers more compact, making it easier for websites to process each request instead of having to perform a number of rounds. This is particularly beneficial for mobile versions of websites where it might be more difficult for information to push through because of latency.