Data compression is the compacting of info by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed information will require substantially less disk space than the original one, so a lot more content might be stored on identical amount of space. There are different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are removed, so once the data is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others remove excessive bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a huge amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so every hosting platform which employs compression in real time must have adequate power to support this feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the whole code.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared website hosting account shall be made uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is greater in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it's also quicker. The benefits can be significant especially on compressible content like website files. Despite the fact that it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. 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 should you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not 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

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that runs on the innovative ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, which is a lot better than various other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk. That's why sites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform better as the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require much less space and they're generated a lot quicker, which allows us to have several daily backups of all your files and databases.