Data compression is the compacting of information by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed info will require less disk space than the original one, so additional content might be stored on the same amount of space. You'll find different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others remove excessive bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a large amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, therefore every web hosting platform that employs compression in real time needs to have ample power to support this feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account will be created employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The gains can be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make multiple daily backups of the whole content in each and every web hosting account, so should you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them since they need significantly less space than ordinary backups.