HTTP is the backbone of all web communication, if you regularly use the web you are regularly making HTTP requests. You may have noticed have noticed the “https://” in web addresses, this tells the browser to make a request. In fact, all web sites use HTTP, but most browsers will allow you to omit it and will add it on for you. Some sites add an S (https://), which stands for ‘secure’, so you don’t need to worry when entering passwords or sensitive information.


So what’s an HTTP request?

A HTTP request follows what is known as the client-server model. That is to say the client requests something and the server responds with what was requested, for instance If you visit a website your browser (the client) make a HTTP request to the website (server), which responds with the page you requested.


This response usually comes with a status code to inform the client of the status of the request, ranging from a 200 code meaning every went fine, to a 500 status meaning the server couldn’t handle your request. Tune in next week for a more in-depth discussion of the individual status codes and find out what Error 404 actually means!

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