Everything you need to know about HTTP/2
A major change is coming to one of the standards of the Internet. An update to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)—known as HTTP/2—has been finalized and is in the process of being standardized, according to chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF) HTTP Working Group Mark Nottingham.
So… that was a lot of big words and industry terms. Let’s break this down.
You know how you get annoying pop-up messages telling you to update a program on your computer? Well those messages have been flashing for the IETF for some time now. Once HTTP/2 is officially published, it will mark the first major update to the protocol since the adoption of HTTP 1.1 in 1999.
For the average Internet user, this may seem a little technical. After all, HTTP has become so formalized that we don’t even have to type it in to get to a site; it’s the support beams hidden behind the wall of the Web. But this is actually a big deal for the Internet, and you probably have questions. We have your answers.
What does this mean for me?Basically, it’s all going to get faster. Stenberg told us that the goal of HTTP/2 is to end up with “sites that load and render faster and that can be more responsive when you interact with them.” The new protocol will allow websites to better take advantage of the increased bandwidth provided by faster Internet speeds. This means sites with tons of images, videos, of everyone’s favorite bandwidth eater, the GIF, will load quicker.
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This will also greatly benefit mobile users, who are often slowed by the limitations of mobile broadband and the time it takes for the connection to process each individual request. Requesting multiple items at a time should help to reduce the wait. “Sites far away, with high latencies, will benefit a lot,” Stenberg said.