Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and the process is very important in the web hosting field due to the fact that information filed on hard disks is typically compressed in order to take less space. You can find different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different efficiency based on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The process requires plenty of processing time, which means that a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared website hosting account shall be generated works by using the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that similar file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits will be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the full content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.