The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of information that needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of information, so what will be deleted in the course of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. There are various compression algorithms which are better for different sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server executing the action must have plenty of resources to be able to process your data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared website hosting account will be created works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that similar file systems use, but it's also quicker. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a number of daily backups of the entire content in each hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.