Data compression is the compacting of information by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed data takes less disk space than the initial one, so additional content might be stored on identical amount of space. There're various compression algorithms which work in different ways and with some of them just the redundant bits are deleted, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others remove excessive bits, but uncompressing the data later will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a large amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so any Internet hosting platform that uses compression in real time must have ample power to support this feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the actual code.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared website hosting account shall be made works by using the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Although it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate numerous daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change 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 positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will quicken any website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take a reduced amount of space than standard backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.