HTTP

The ten best .htaccess tricks

Are you the webmaster of an Apache server? Then you should definitely use .htaccess. This text-based configuration file is an easy outlet for changing server settings. Once you know how to create a file and use a few .htaccess tricks, you can begin configuring your sever. [...]  

How HTTP/2 optimizes the World Wide Web

HTTP/2 has been released and is the official successor of the internet protocol HTTP/1.1. It is already compatible with many current web browsers and servers. Up to this point, many of the bigger website operators have switched to using the new transfer protocol. But what lies behind the Hyper Transfer Protocol and what are the advantages of the new version? [...]  

Chrome 56: changes to make the web safer

For two years now, Google has been actively promoting SSL encryption for websites. The search engine giant started acknowledging data transfer protection as a ranking factor in 2014, but now wants to go one step further. Users of Google’s browser, Chrome, will soon be actively warned about websites with unsafe data exchanges. This articles explains what the planned changes are and which consequences they have for the user and website operators. [...]  

The most important HTTP status codes at a glance

404, 302, 503 – short number combinations with great significance. Users encounter server status reports time and time again and if you know how to interpret them you can act accordingly. Knowledge of HTTP codes is even more relevant for website owners. With the right know-how you can vastly improve user experience on your homepage, which will have an effect on the search engine ranking. [...]  

What does the '404 Not Found' error mean?

How often have you stumbled upon a dead end while surfing the net? HTTP 404 error pages are commonplace online to inform users that the requested page isn’t available. As well as being annoying for visitors, they spell bad news for website owners since a dead link may have a bad influence on a website’s search engine ranking. In this article, we’ll demonstrate the importance of 404 pages and explain how you can create your own. [...]  

REST: the HTTP solution for web services

Combining different application systems has become increasingly important over the past few years. This trend is especially due to the increasing number of web applications being developed. In order to react to this trend, many different web services were developed that make data transfer across multiple systems possible. The Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architectural style that serves as a popular basis for developers seeking to realize these goals. [...]  

Learn to code: an intro on how to get the basics down

Welcome to the digital age: every day the average American spends hours looking at smartphone screens and PC monitors. But most still lack even a basic understanding on how the programs affecting their everyday life work. If you think you may fit into this demographic, don’t worry: thanks to online courses, videos tutorials, and supportive internet communities, it’s never been easier to learn skills like HTML, C++, and PHP. [...]  

What is a server? One term, two definitions

When talking about web hosting, it is impossible to avoid the term ‘server’. So what is a server? And how does it work? In IT, there are actually two definitions of the term. The traditional server is the software for network services, but more recently the word has also been used to describe the corresponding hardware used to carry out server programs. Here is our overview of the most common types of servers. [...]