Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data recorded on hard drives is generally compressed to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The method requires a lot of processing time, therefore a hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared website hosting account shall be made works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate multiple daily backups of the full content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible 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 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's one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will speed up any site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that's provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take much less space than standard backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.