Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

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HTTP is virtually everybody’s darling among the Internet protocols. It is used throughout the Internet, for example, when opening a web page. It mainly regulates the client’s request and the responses of the server. It was developed in 1989, and so since the beginning of the World Wide Web, HTTP has been the foundation of the Internet as we know it.

How does it work?

As already said, HTTP manages the request and responses among the client and the server. The client could be a standard internet browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. The server could be a regular computer with a website stored in it. When someone uses the browser to enter the website, he sends an HTTPS request message to the server hosting the website. The server sends its response with information about the style, colors, and information on the website, so the browser knows how to arrange pixels to mirror the requested website. 

HTTP has accompanied the Internet as we use it today from the very beginning. Even today, it is the most common, simplest, and most efficient way to map “simple” request-answer structures. Whenever we open a web page in our normal browsers, this is done with the help of this protocol. 

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