What is HTTP/2?


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HTTP/2 is the latest HTTP successor designed by Engineering Task Force (IETF) to fix limitations found on HTTP/1.1. HTTP/2 aims to achieve these objectives by decreasing latency in browser requests through capabilities such as compression, multiplexing, server push and request prioritisation. Changes in HTTP/2 are meant to be compatible with HTTP/1.1.

Benefits of HTTP/2

Websites that switch to HTTP/2 will experience the huge difference instantly. Here’s a summary of the benefits:

  • Faster Web Page Loading Speeds – HTTP/2 will help make the browsing experience much faster than its old version since it eliminates known flaws and limitations.
  • Mobile-friendly – With the header compression enhanced, it helps mobile sites with high volume of requests to prevent from downloading wasted bandwidth from the header.
  • Better Security – Since HTTP/2 already has encryption enabled by default, it further reinforces security among websites using this protocol.
  • Compatible with HTTP/1.1 – For servers and browsers that still runs on HTTP/1.1, they may still communicate seamlessly with HTTP/2-powered browsers and servers. Both protocols have the ability to choose which version to use when communicating with each other.

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