Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info recorded on hard disks is typically compressed so as to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This process needs plenty of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared website hosting account is created uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it's also much faster. The benefits can be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. While it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a large number of daily backups of the entire content in every single Internet hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.