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.
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.
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.
HTTP/2 allows sending of additional resources to a client for future use.
Requests are assigned dependency levels that the server can use to deliver higher priority resources faster.
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.
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 .