Data compression is the compacting of info by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed info needs less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content could be stored using identical amount of space. You can find various compression algorithms that work in different ways and with a lot of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a significant amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, so every web hosting platform which uses compression in real time should have enough power to support this feature. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account will be created uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which some other file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits will be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each site hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is way quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that's not an issue for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them since they need considerably less space than standard backups.