Designing a website is a learning process. We understand that coding and programming is difficult, so it is important to start with simple concepts. One of the terms everyone should know before learning web design is hypertext transfer protocol.
What is Hypertext Transfer Protocol?
If you open your web browser and look at the address bar you will see the letters http, or https. Those letters stand for hypertext transfer protocol. You may be wondering why that needs to be there when you type in a website’s address. Well, it’s because the Internet is made of hypertext — hypertext is how information is read across the Internet. This is where HTTP comes in.
According to Search Win Development HTTP is, “the set of rules for transferring files (text, graphic images, sound, video, and other multimedia files) on the World Wide Web. As soon as a Web user opens their Web browser, the user is indirectly making use of HTTP”. This means that when you input a website’s URL, that HTTP tells the web server to fetch that website.
Why is Hypertext Transfer Protocol Important?
Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, is a set of rules used to transfer information. The information includes files of any type across the Internet. These files include images, sound, video, and other multimedia files. HTTP is necessary for the Internet because all web servers have a program that reads HTTP requests. That is also why you don’t need to type in “http” before the website URL anymore. With HTTP, there are certain error codes. Error 404 is a common HTTP error code, meaning the page you’re looking for doesn’t exist. There are other less known error codes as well.
Basically, without hypertext transfer protocol the Internet wouldn’t work at all. Along with hypertext, it is a building block of the Internet.