The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of data which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of info, so what will be erased at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and its quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find different compression algorithms that are more effective for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes lots of processing time, so the server carrying out the action should have enough resources to be able to process your data fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared website hosting account is created employs the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The benefits will be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the full content in each and every Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.