Sumant Singh

HTTP/2, Technology That Webmasters Should Consider Now

Sumant Singh November 30th, 2015 Web Hosting 2 comments.

http/2

This new advancement in web technology is something that webmasters looked for since over a decade. Http/2 is the answer for most of their concerns including poor website loading time, resource management and ranking boosts. A week or so back, John Mueller of Google hinted that Googlebot would start supporting the protocol by the end of this year.


I believe that most of you have already shifted to http/2 and those left are in process to do so. Every one has his own reason behind the shift including increased site speed and better user experience. However, solid signals are coming out that http/2 is also significant to higher website rankings. Let's dive into this new technology deeper.

What HTTP/2 Is All About:

HTTP/2, a huge update to the HTTP/ 1.1, is introduced by the Internet Engineering Task Force. HTTP was drafted in 1999 and until now received so many updates to it. This latest update is the most advanced one than its predecessors in terms of efficiency, security and speed. Technically, this protocol is quite similar to Google's SPDY protocol that managed to improve data transmission while keeping backwards compatibility. SPDY had many of the concepts elaborated in HTTP/2.


Features That Make HTTP/2 A Sure Shot:

I am listing below some of the major improvements brought into the HTTP/2 that would be a sigh of breather for web hosting service agency.

Single Connection:

HTTP/2 reduces the number of round trips required to set up multiple connections. It uses only a single connection to the server to load a website. The connection remains open as long as the website is open.

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Multiplexing:

The latest update would allow multiple requests to render at same time on the same connection, unlikely with HTTP/1.1 that allowed alternate transfers. Thant means, one transfer would have to wait for other transfer to complete.

Server Push:

HTTP/2 allows sending of additional resources to a client for future use.

Prioritization:

Requests are assigned dependency levels that the server can use to deliver higher priority resources faster.

Binary:

HTTP/2 is easier for a server to parse, more compact and less error-prone. It doesn't waste time in translating information from text to binary.

Header Compression:

HTTP/2 reduces overhead as in case of HTTP Many headers were sent with the same values in every request in HTTP/1.1.


As per the reports, currently, 76.62 percent of the browsers used by users in the US and 67.89 percent globally supports HTTP/2 .


  • Karen Axelton

    HTTP requests will turn out to be a great deal less costly under HTTP/2. “Unbundling” has the included advantage that we will have the capacity to send just the assets a particular page needs — just the CSS required for page’s styles, just the pictures that need to show on that page

  • Sharad Sharma

    GoogleBot will bolster HTTP/2 before the current year’s over or right on time one year from now, I expected a frantic scramble and people yelling from the housetops. Rather, there were crickets all through the SEO business.