IonCube Loader is a tool, which is necessary to run files that are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an application that is used to make PHP code human unreadable, in order to protect it from reverse engineering and / or illegal usage. A large number of script-driven apps, in particular discussion forums, content management systems and e-commerce solutions are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder, so if you get a script and you notice that ionCube is among the website hosting environment requirements, you need to make sure that your web hosting server has the tool pre-installed. While it is not that difficult to set it up if you have your own server, it is almost impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server since the PHP environment should be precompiled and all the clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Shared Website Hosting
IonCube Loader is supplied with every single shared website hosting service that we offer and you're able to enable it anytime with only a few clicks, so you will be able to employ script apps that need it. You will be able to do that from the PHP Configuration section of the Hepsia Control Panel and all it takes to activate or disable ionCube is to click a single button. The change takes effect within a minute, so you are able to go ahead and set up the application that you'd like right away. The exact same section allows you to switch the PHP release that is active for your account, as we support numerous releases on our advanced cloud platform. In case you move to a release that you have not used so far, you'll need to enable ionCube Loader again. Experienced users can use a php.ini file in a specific domain folder in order 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 buy a semi-dedicated server package from our company, you will be able to use any kind of script-driven app which requires ionCube Loader as the software tool comes with all servers that are part of our modern cloud website hosting platform. In addition, we support various versions of PHP, and if you switch from PHP 4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, for example, you can activate ionCube for this particular release with only a click from your Hepsia Control Panel. Our platform will remember your decision, so in case you switch back to the earlier release of PHP, the instrument will already be active. For more experienced users, we also provide the option to choose the PHP version and whether ionCube will be active or not for a particular domain name without altering the settings for the whole hosting account. This can be done by placing a php.ini file within a domain folder with a few lines of code.