The term data compression describes decreasing the number of bits of information that has to be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing info, so what will be removed during the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the info and the quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There're different compression algorithms that are more effective for different type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes a lot of processing time, so the server carrying out the action must have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your data quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared web hosting account will be created uses the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The gains may be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in each and every web hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is way quicker, in particular with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of multiple clusters working together. In combination with the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them since they take a lot less space than conventional backups.