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HTTP/2 Is Here To Improve Your Browsing Experience


Over a decade ago, Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) was first brought to light, and it has been doing wonders since then. However, with technological advancements, websites started to include multiple components on their pages which somewhat slowed down the loading speed. This did not sit well with the users as they desired blazing internet speeds and weren’t content with web pages loading at a slower pace. This led to the introduction of SPDY aka speedy by Google. With the help of SPDY, communication between a server and a browser started to happen at a faster pace, even in cases where encryption was applied.

Due to large success of SPDY, the team at Google started to work on a new protocol altogether, dubbing it HTTP/2. With the integration of SPDY, this new protocol loads web pages much faster. This not only helps the users, but also helps the websites that are using CSS, JavaScript, Flash, images and videos on their pages.

How HTTP/2 Will Enhance Users’s Experience

Nowadays, websites hardly ever rely solely on HTML and want to integrate different elements (images, videos, CSS etc.) to make their web pages as user-friendly as possible. With HTTP, the speed of loading suffered when a website was using different elements, but this will not be the case with HTTP/2. With the help of the latest addition, information on the pages will be transferred via different connections. Each connection will contain details about the ‘content, source and destination’ of the communication protocol. This will help increase the speed of browsing.

What Exactly is a Protocol

To put it in simple words, Protocol is a collection of different rules which administer how the transfer of information from one computer to another will take place. There is some variation in each protocol, but mostly they all consist of header, payload and footer. The header usually keeps information regarding source and address. On the other hand, footer includes information about error detection. Payload plays the biggest role here as it contains details about type of data, size of data i.e. the actual information. It’s basically a three-stage process which starts when a destination is provided. Then payload does its work and collects all the information so that the process can be brought to a finish. If there’s some sort of error or problem in the process, footer will figure it out.

What to Expect From HTTP/2

First, it will improve the loading speed of the web pages which of course will be a big step up from before. This will save a lot of time and will allow websites to be more complicated, attractive and user friendly. HTTP/2 is able to increase the speed by generating one steady connection between the server and browser. Furthermore, this latest version of HTTP will allow multiplexing, which basically is a process of sending and receiving numerous messages at the same time. That’s not all. It will also allow prioritization which will help in transferring important data first. It will also include compression, server push and some better security protocols which will make the internet usage a whole lot better.

The Users Will Not Have To Do Anything

HTTP/2 functions the same way as its predecessor, which means that people using the internet will not have to do anything new to enjoy better loading speeds. The browser will automatically switch between HTTP 1.1 and HTTP/2. Those of you using Google Chrome for the last few years have been blessed with SPDY, which provides better loading speed as compared to other browsers. However, it will not stay that way anymore as Mozilla Firefox 3.6 has received HTTP/2 support along with bulk of new changes and fixes as of today.

When Can You Expect To See HTTP/2

As of now, HTTP/2 has been approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force and is expected to be published pretty soon. After that, it will be up to the hosting services, websites and other major companies to implement this standard. As mentioned above, Firefox has already included the support for the new standard, and Google has also stated that it will move on from SPDY to HTTP/2 by early 2016. HTTP 1.1 has served us well for over a decade now and we hope that that HTTP/2 will live up to the expectations as well.