HTTP is set to get its biggest upgrade in more than 15 years, following the announcement that HTTP/2 has been officially finalised.
HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the protocol used by the World Wide Web that helps to define how information is formatted and tells web servers and browsers what actions to take when a user enters a URL in their web browser.
HTTP in its existing format has remained largely unchanged since 1999. However, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been developing HTTP/2, a major upgrade that will bring a wide range of benefits that should improve user experience when browsing the Internet.
The main benefit of HTTP/2 will be improved performance, which includes better connections and faster loading pages, as well as new improved features for developers, backed by an industry standard.
HTTP/2 started out as replica of Google’s SPDY protocol, which was first introduced by Google in 2009 in order to try and make web browsing not only faster but also more secure.
However, Google recently announced it will start phasing out support for its SPDY (pronounced ‘speedy’) protocol in favour of HTTP/2, with the company not offering any support beyond 2016.
Google will start following out support for HTTP/2 in Chrome in the next couple of weeks.
HTTP/2: Why it’s important
Generally speaking, it’s likely the average Internet user will browse their favourite websites without giving much thought to the ‘http://’ that precedes a website’s URL. However, HTTP is the technology which underpins the World Wide Web and helps us to view information online.
As mentioned, HTTP/2 will offer a number of improvements for web users including quick browsing but it will also be much quicker in transferring data between servers and clients, especially on more modern and complexed websites which contain large amounts of data.
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