Data compression is the compacting of information by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed info will need substantially less disk space than the original one, so a lot more content could be stored on the same amount of space. There're many different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with a number of them only the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a huge amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore every Internet hosting platform that employs compression in real time must have adequate power to support that feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account shall be made uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to generate numerous daily backups of the entire content in every single hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of our servers.