Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed data requires substantially less disk space than the original one, so additional content could be stored on identical amount of space. You can find various compression algorithms that function in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are erased, so once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data following that will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a huge amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, therefore every Internet hosting platform that employs compression in real time should have enough power to support this 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 storing the actual code.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your web hosting account shall be generated employs the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The benefits may be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Although it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the entire content in every single web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

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