What is (HTTP) Hypertext Transfer Protocol?

 Hypertext Transfer Protocol

In this article we will explain to you what the abbreviation HTTP is and why it is important. The abbreviation HTTP runs into every search query in the web browser. But what does it mean and how is it different from HTTPS? 

HTTP – what is it?

HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. This protocol can be used to transfer data in a network. The main use of HTTP is to display web pages . Without the log, you wouldn’t be able to access a website.

HTTP works according to the so-called client-server principle. The data is transmitted between a web server and a web browser (also called client). To call up a website, the client (browser) sends a request (HTTP request) to the server. Using the URL (Uniform Resource Locator), the client addresses a file on the server that the server should send to it. The request is then processed and answered with a response message. The simplest case of a response message is the display of the requested website.

What is HTTP?
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Hypertext Transfer Protocols

Methods are defined within the protocol that perform specific actions on the contacted server. In the following overview we have listed some of the methods for you:

GET Retrieve information associated with a specific URL

HEAD Get header information associated with a URL

POST Send data to the web server

PUT Replace data for a specific URL with the new data submitted by the client

DELETE Delete data behind the respective URL


Information transmitted via HTTP is unencrypted and appears in plain text . For more anonymity and secure data exchange on the Internet, there is the encrypted variant of the protocol – HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). You can tell whether websites are being transmitted securely by the URL. In this case, the URL should start with ” https:// ” instead of ” http:// “.