Faster websites with HTTP/2
Since Google paved the way for HTTP/2 with SPDY, the future is looking brighter for web developers. HTTP/2, the new protocol that will replace HTTP/1.1 (which was published in 1999) will help to make websites load faster while bringing an extra layer of security.
Although not a requirement, ensuring your website uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the recommendation given by Rachel Andrew in her article Getting Ready For HTTP/2: A Guide For Web Designers And Developers. As well as gaining an extra notch on Google's indexing radar, it means your website content (and any form submissions from your site) will be done so securely by encrypting the data passing between your server and the site visitor.
Multiple Simultaneous Requests
HTTP requests are cheap in the world of HTTP/2.
Switch to HTTP/2 today?
Two things are required to start using HTTP/2 today:
- Your server needs to provide the software that supports HTTP/2
- The browsers your website visitors use need to support HTTP/2 *
* shouldn't be a hurdle as all major browsers support the new protocol.
Daniel Sternberg has written a useful looking free ebook called http2 explained which goes into all the details you need to know.