The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of data which has to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of information, which means that what will be deleted in the course of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. There are different compression algorithms that are more efficient for different sort of data. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes plenty of processing time, so the server performing the action should have enough resources to be able to process your info quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared website hosting account shall be made employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also a lot faster. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content like website files. Even though it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.