The term data compression means lowering the number of bits of data that should be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing info, so what will be deleted in the course of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and the quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find different compression algorithms that are more effective for different type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes lots of processing time, therefore the server performing the action must have adequate resources to be able to process the data quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared web hosting account will be generated employs the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is better in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits are significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. While it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to make a large number of daily backups of the full content in every single hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last backup which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they take significantly less space compared to standard backups.