Isn’t it just frustrating when you tap a website and the loader goes round and round for what seems like a decade? A recent study from Google shows that 53% of mobile sites are abandoned after 3 seconds because most of the users succeed in convincing themselves that the website isn’t worth it instead of bearing the agonizing wait. Maybe because with fancy phones coming out every day, customers expect their smartphones to load relevant websites with the speed of light, and why not? After all, they are paying piles of money for a seemingly small gadget.
Google considers the time in between clicking and the website actually appearing before the user very crucial to generating happy satisfied visitors so it has decided to rank slower websites near the bottom. As much as we would like to curse those poor website developers, lazy websites aren’t entirely their fault. But cry no more because there’s a new technique in town, specifically designed for communication on the web, called HTTP/2 which will work a charm on the internet, making websites applications faster, simpler, and more robust (a miracle combination indeed) by reducing latency and will enable the web developers to undo their HTTP/1.1 workarounds thus ending their misery.
HPPT/2 is basically a major upgradation of the hypertext transfer protocol used by the World Wide Web. This newer version does not affect how HTTP 1.1 worked, but instead primarily aims at boosting speed. The methods, status codes, etcetera are the same while there are modifications in the structuring and communication of data between parties. Today, there are numerous software built entirely from ground up in HTTP/2.
HTTP/2 is becoming famous like forest wildfire with traditional web servers like NginX and Apache supporting it as an add-on while newer web servers like ShimmerCat and H20 have gone as far as providing sophisticated tools to make handling easier. ShimmerCat provides web developers with a number of attractive features both in their free and premium version. The former offering the user HTTP/2 Push option with cookie cache digests, operation mode specially designed for development, automatic HTTPS set-up for development, team friendly configuration and much more. While the latter is an irresistible combination of Content-based etags, completely event-based architecture (PFE) and “A” support for HTTPS with only secure sites besides offering HTTP/2 Push.
H20 claims to be a faster web server than its predecessors and promises a memorable experience to its customers by utilizes prioritized content serving and server push features of HTTP/2. Its main features include full compatibility with HTTP/2 including server-side tweaks and cache-aware server push. Both H20 and ShimmerCat have their pros and cons and the preferences of web developers wary but if you ask us ShimmerCat is definitely our pick because it offers a diverse range of features that H20 lacks. So if you are one of those web developers conscious about the speed, then hurry up and try this new technique to make your website more efficient and effective.