IonCube Loader is a tool, which is needed to run files that are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an app employed to make PHP code human unreadable, as a way to protect it from reverse engineering and unauthorized use. Plenty of script-driven apps, especially community forums, cms and e-commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, so when you acquire a script and you notice that ionCube is on the list of website hosting environment prerequisites, you have to ensure that your web hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. Although it's not that difficult to install it if you have your own server, it is close to impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server due to the fact that the PHP environment should be precompiled and all clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Shared Website Hosting
IonCube Loader is supplied with each Linux shared website hosting that we offer and you'll be able to activate it at any time with just a couple of clicks, so you can employ script applications which need it. You'll be able to do that through the PHP Configuration area of your Hepsia Control Panel and all it takes to enable or deactivate ionCube is to click a button. The change will take effect within a minute, which means that you can proceed and set up the app that you'd like right away. The very same section allows you to change the PHP version which is active for your account, because we support a variety of releases on our advanced cloud platform. In case you move to a version that you've never used to date, you'll need to enable ionCube Loader again. More advanced users can use a php.ini file in a particular domain folder to set a PHP release different from the one for the whole account or enable/disable ionCube Loader.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you get a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you'll be able to use any kind of script-driven application which needs ionCube Loader because the tool is installed on all servers which are a part of our modern cloud hosting platform. We also support multiple releases of PHP, which means that if you switch from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for instance, you can enable ionCube for that particular release with only a click from your Hepsia Control Panel. Our system will remember your decision, and in case you move back to the previous release of PHP, the tool will already be active. For more tech-savvy users, we also provide the option to choose the PHP version and if ionCube will be active or not for a specific domain without altering the settings for the whole website hosting account. This is done by placing a php.ini file in a domain folder with a couple of lines of program code.