A perfectly complimentary match; HTTP/2 created to provide a faster, secure internet and SEO enabling websites to achieve better search rankings. Based on Google’s SPDY protocol and still, in its process of implementation, HTTP/2 is slated to and is already improving browser-server communications thereby reducing load times. Redundancy was done away with in many areas and multiplexing was brought in. Consequently, websites that typically rely on multiple files have hugely benefitted from HTTP/2.
An ever-changing internet landscape which sees the transfer of a variety of information in myriad quantities brought to the fore 3 important observations:
To cater to the demands of such a scenario, Google engineers developed SPDY which provided the platform for the development of HTTP/2. This protocol is built using the same syntax as HTTP(1.1) It is thus an HTTP protocol refresh or up-gradation; not a total re-haul.
HTTP/2 changes the way responses and requests travel over the internet. It makes a single connection to a server and processes multiple requests and responses using it. Thus data interweaving can be done more efficiently and servers provide browsers with data as and when required. Network connections are, thus, never idle.
Making the switch from HTTP(1.1) is quite easy and there have been no downsides as yet. It is not the code that needs to be updated; it is the servers that will need to speak the HTTP/2 language. Any browser that does not support this protocol can also opt for HTTP(1.1).
If a server is HTTP2 compliant, it is just a matter of downloading simple software and facilitating the changeover to HTTP2. There is no migration required as was the case with HTTPS. The URLs do not change and neither are there any redirects.
But there is one caveat; most browsers need a secure connection to support HTTP/2. If the same is not available, then the switch to a secure connection will have to be done. This is just a small requirement when compared to the advantages associated with HTTP/2 like:
The Serve Push is a highly anticipated change. It enables servers to provide multiple responses for a single request.
Any changes made to an internet protocol are bound to indirectly impact SEO. While Google did not factor in HTTP/2 readiness into its inherent algorithms, websites facilitating an efficient user experience are always rewarded. Since there is a definite increase in the page speed load, it can be rightly said implementing HTTP/2 will only help enhance the SEO performance of a website. Thus HTTP/2 is a real boon for networks that experience slower connectivity. Needless to say, this will also improve mobile performance.
It needs to be mentioned here that changes ushered in by HTTP/2 are widespread and long-term. With Google basing its website ranking largely on user experience, website speed and security, this internet protocol will enable better rankings for SEO websites enabling this.
HTTP/2 has brought about an improvement in certain key criteria that have a bearing on a website’s SEO like:
File compression is another inherent feature of HTTP/2 that will further help to increase the website loading speed.
Faster websites are capable of enhanced user engagement, they promote and further sharing and link building and help improve user experience. The SEO impact may be indirect as yet, but with Google making on-site engagement signals an inherent requirement of its ranking algorithms, it will be felt.
Widespread browser support for HTTP/2 has led to its adoption over laptops, PCs, tablets and even smartphones. While the move towards HTTP/2 has not been significant as yet, adoption of this new technique is only increasing as older versions of browsers age and fade.
A look at the analytics data of any website clearly shows that their visitors mostly come from such browsers as Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox; these are already HTTP/2 friendly browsers. Thus it is not very far that almost all businesses will make the switch to HTTP/2 and reap the effects of the advanced features this internet protocol offers.
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