Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that data kept on hard drives is often compressed to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing information and they have different efficiency depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The method requires plenty of processing time, so a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared web hosting account shall be created employs the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is better in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the whole content in every single web hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of the servers.