Launched in May 2015, one of this year’s most important changes of the web is the upgrade of the HTTP protocol, namely the launch of HTTP/2. Coming 16 years after HTTP/1.1, the new version of the protocol is here to fix the inflexibilities and shortcomings of HTTP/1.x, at a time when this is most needed.
Aiming to have a big impact on applications’ performance, HTTP/2 is a new and improved version which requires hardly any changes in the codebase in order to enable those changes. More than that, the new version of the protocol proves to have a positive impact in terms of speed or performance regardless of how well the code was written in the first place.
So why is now the best time to upgrade and which are the benefits of HTTP/2?
Since its launch, companies such as Facebook, Google or Twitter already started using it and, more recently, Yahoo, WordPress and The Time have implemented it too. As now only 3.2% of all the websites are using it, we think now it’s the best time to stay ahead of the competition and also to benefit early from all the great things that HTTP/2 brings along, not only terms of performance, but also in terms of quality.
So here’s what you get once you implement HTTP/2:
Depending on the complexity of the website, companies experience up to a 50% increase in speed, thanks to the way HTTP/2 now manages the communication between servers and browsers, it makes it easier to stream objects to the browser. HTTP/2 keeps one open channel on which up to 100 parallel connections can be made, exchanging information in an unprecedented optimal way.
Once you go for HTTP/2 and offer a faster, more optimized experience to the user, you also start moving along on the right path for security, as the most important web browsers only support HTTP/2 over secured connections. So this means that you do not only have an application that is up to date with the latest and most efficient web technology, but it is also protected from many vulnerabilities.
- Faster mobile experience
The benefits of HTTP/2 fortunately aren’t restricted to web applications. Due to the way HTTP/2 changes the way the server communicates with the browser, as well as the new header compression, mobile applications benefit greatly from these features, fixing an aching issue of probably all mobile app product owners, and that’s speed. HTTP/2 now successfully enables faster load times, ensuring a better user experience across all devices.
- Simpler builds and more robust applications
If when using any past version of HTTP/1.x developers had to perform workarounds to optimize website speed, HTTP/2 gives way to simple builds and more robust applications, meaning that all these workarounds – can now be undone, and – for new applications – they are not needed anymore, simplifying the communication between servers and browsers.
- Optimization-prone applications
A distinct characteristic of HTTP/2 is that it can improve the performance of poorly designed applications, without any changes in the codebase. For well-written applications or newly-written applications, HTTP/2 opens up an entire spectrum of possibilities for optimization, enabling project owners to achieve even more speed than they ever did before.
How easy it is to implement HTTP/2?
Implementation can usually be done in a short period. Depending on the technology stack, and if there is a need to create a custom module that supports HTTP/2, the implementation can usually be done in days.
Implementing HTTP/2 is more a change of infrastructure, comprised by two steps:
- understanding the technology stacks
Our specialists are at your disposal to evaluate your project, provide an estimate and take you through the upgrade as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Be ahead of the trend and be an early adopter. Get in touch with Rolf Eleveld, Business Developer at Accesa and move to HTTP/2.