- Jun 7, 2016
Speed is the key to everything nowadays on the internet. For any Web Developer, speed is the key for making the website perform efficiently and avoid more load time. We are halfway through 2016 and if your site still lacks the most crucial element called speed, you are certainly doing something terribly wrong to your website.
Here, we shall provide you with the necessary information that you need to know about speeding up your website.
HTTP/1 VS HTTP/2
HTTP/2 is based on Google’s SPDY (pronounced as speedy) protocol. HTTP/2 came out last year in May 2015 and the initial support started around the second half of 2015. HTTP/2 is the new and a much efficient version of the World Wide Web Protocol in comparison to HTTP/1.
The reason for HTTP/2 to be more efficient and really compact is because it uses binary protocol rather than a text protocol.
HTTP/1 carried multiple connections for one file. HTTP/2 on the other hand prefers using a single multiplexed connection per domain.
With HPACK protocol Headers are compressed before sending the requested data, which in result eases up the transport.
The result that you get in comparison to HTTP/1 is a performance boost up to 50%.
Now moving to HTTP/2 has its own complications. Moving to HTTP/2 you would require having a SSL (Secure Socket Layers) Certificate. If you are the admin of your server, you can easily opt for HTTP/2 and if you are not, ask your web hosting company to do that for you.
The SSL Certificates
SSL (Secure Socket Layers) is a security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. Now for you to obtain a certificate won’t be troublesome as you can always get one for free, with Let’s Encrypt.
Let’s Encrypt is a certificate authority that provides SSL certificates via an automated process that is designed to remove the process of manual creation of obtaining certificates. The entire process takes only few minutes.
What is Brotli?
Brotli is an open source data compression library. It is based on the modern variant of the LZ77 algorithm, Huffman Coding and 2nd order context modelling. The compression algorithm trims down the size of transported data. The compression ratio offered by Brotli is seen in between 20-26% that is much better compared to the current solutions that are offered. Website Development Experts prefer using brotli for its benefits and flexibility.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Content Delivery Network is a system of distributed servers around the world. Basically what the servers do is that they contain the copies of your website’s content such as images or software’s etc. Upon accessing, the data usually loads from the server that is very near to your visitor and in result makes loading much faster and efficient from anywhere in the world.
Much better CDNs offer great availability, a much lower latency and improve the reliability of your website.
This in result will help websites load even faster than usual, say around 50% or more.
To conclude, we have seen above, that how these 4 cutting edge technologies can really help you speed up your Website. A key to user satisfaction is not always through the design of your website but lesser load times and more responsiveness of the website, creates better impression on the user’s.
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