April 20, 2018
HTTP/2 is a relatively new internet protocol that will speed up the web. Hooray! Faster Loading Websites!
When a user visits your website, a server request is made. Your web server replies a status message and a file list for the website. After analysing the list, the browser asks for the files one at a time. HTTP/1 protocol (which majority of the world still utilises) only provides a single line for data transfer, which has to has to open and close after each file has been sent. This is where HTTP/2 comes to save the day, as the line can be kept open and more data can be sent at once.
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Why is HTTP/2 Important?
The Need for Speed!
How do I get HTTP/2?
Great news, your server could already be using it. You will need to contact your web hosting provider to check what your options are. Another option is to use a Content Delivery Network, also known as a CDN, that offers a full HTTP/2 solution. HTTP/2 offers a quick performance win and it even lets you secure your site, because it uses HTTPS connections by default.
With HTTP/2 introducing full multiplexing connections; we can overcome data bottle-necking and look forward to a faster and more reliable future on the internet.