Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and the process is really important in the web hosting field since information stored on hard disks is generally compressed so as to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This process uses plenty of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared web hosting account will be generated employs the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The benefits will be significant in particular on compressible content like website files. While it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make numerous daily backups of the entire content in each and every web hosting account, so if you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans that we offer are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that is better than any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and as a result, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function quicker. We are able to take advantage of the feature despite of the fact that it requires quite a great deal of CPU processing time because our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we do not make accounts on a single machine like the vast majority of companies do. There's an additional benefit of using LZ4 - since it compresses data very well and does that very quickly, we can also make several daily backup copies of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. By doing this, you'll always be able to bring back any content that you delete by mistake.