Nginx, developed by Igor Sysoev, is a powerful web server that can perform other important tasks such as load balancing, serving as a mail proxy or reverse proxy, and HTTP caching. Although it’s not as popular as Apache, Nginx is a more efficient web server in terms of resource allocation and efficiency.
A step-by-step guide on How to Enable HTTP2 on Apache
Apache is an open-source web server that serves both static and dynamic content. It’s particularly useful because it’s suitable for websites ranging in size from a few pages to thousands of pages. Developed and maintained by an open community of programmers (Apache Software Foundation), Apache has the highest market share in the web server market.
Http/2 – origin story
HTTP/2 came into our lives in 2015, following in the footsteps of Google’s SPDY. It gave us the much-needed reduction in page load times along with a whole bunch of new features like multiplexing, header compression, and server push — just to name a few of the benefits.
Bringing about a new alternative to performance hacks that don’t have developers bending over backwards to improve page loads speeds, IEFT’s Working group gave netizens HTTP/2 in 2015. HTTP/2 introduces significant improvements over the previous versions of the HTTP protocol, including but not limited to enhanced security features. Apart from removing the need for time-consuming performance optimizations, it is also resilient to header compression attacks that could, in turn, lead to session hijacking. It gives us a simplified yet efficient framework that is easier to parse, more compact, and less error-prone.