IonCube Loader is a tool, that's needed to run files which are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder. The aforementioned is an app that is used to make PHP code human unreadable, as a way to protect it from reverse engineering and / or not authorized usage. A number of script-driven applications, particularly discussion forums, content management systems and electronic commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, so if you acquire a script and you notice that ionCube is among the web hosting environment prerequisites, you need to make sure that your web hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. While it is not that hard to set it up when you have your own server, it is close to impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server because the PHP environment should be precompiled and all the clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Shared Web Hosting
IonCube Loader is present on all of the web servers that are part of our cloud web hosting platform, so regardless of the shared web hosting that you select during the signup process, you will be able to activate it from your Hepsia Control Panel. This process is as simple as right-clicking an On/Off button in the Advanced section, so even if this will be your first hosting account ever, you won't have to do anything complex. The same section enables you to select the PHP version for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), and in case you would like to switch to a different version, you just have to activate ionCube Loader for it as well. Because our platform is rather flexible, you can set another PHP version and another status of ionCube using a php.ini file in every domain folder. In case this is something you need to do but you do not have much experience, our 24/7 technical support team will be able to assist you in no time.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you aquire a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you can take advantage of any script-driven application which needs ionCube Loader because the software tool is installed on all servers which are part of our revolutionary cloud website hosting platform. In addition, we support several versions of PHP, so if you switch from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for example, you can enable ionCube for that particular release with only a click in your Hepsia Control Panel. Our platform will remember your choice, and if you switch back to the earlier release of PHP, the tool will already be active. For more tech-savvy users, we also provide the option to pick the PHP version and whether ionCube will be active or not for a specific domain without altering the settings for the whole hosting account. This can be done by placing a php.ini file in a domain folder with a few lines of program code.