Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and the process is really important in the web hosting field because info stored on hard drives is often compressed in order to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency depending on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This process uses plenty of processing time, therefore a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared web hosting account will be created employs the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that similar file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The gains may be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to generate a number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.