Data compression is the compacting of information by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed information takes substantially less disk space than the original one, so much more content might be stored using identical amount of space. You can find many different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data following that will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a huge amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, so each and every hosting platform that uses compression in real time must have ample power to support that attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared web hosting account shall be generated works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The gains are significant especially on compressible content like website files. Even though it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in each Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, you'll be able to 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 distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform since it consists of multiple clusters working together. In addition to the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they need significantly less space compared to ordinary backups.