IonCube Loader is a software tool, which is needed to run files that are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder. The aforementioned is an app designed to make PHP code human unreadable, to protect it from reverse engineering or illegal usage. Many script-driven apps, in particular discussion boards, content management systems and electronic commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, therefore if you purchase a script and you find that ionCube is on the list of web hosting environment prerequisites, you have to make sure that your web hosting server has the tool pre-installed. While it is not that hard to install it if you have your own server, it is almost impossible to do that on a shared hosting server for the reason that the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all the clients on the server will be affected.

IonCube in Shared Hosting

IonCube Loader is supplied with every single Linux shared hosting package that we provide and you'll be able to enable it at any time with just a couple of clicks, so you'll be able to employ script applications that require it. You are able to do this through the PHP Configuration section of the Hepsia Control Panel and all it'll take to activate or deactivate ionCube is to click a single button. The change takes effect in a minute, so you can proceed and install the app that you need right away. The exact same section will allow you to change the PHP release that's active for your account, because we support a number of releases on our advanced cloud platform. In case you move to a release that you have not used so far, you will have to enable ionCube Loader again. Experienced users can use a php.ini file in a particular 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

If you aquire a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you'll be able to take advantage of any script-driven app that requires ionCube Loader since the software tool is available on all of the servers that are part of our state-of-the-art cloud hosting platform. In addition, we support different releases of PHP, which means that if you move from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for instance, you can activate ionCube for that particular release with just a click from your Hepsia Control Panel. Our system will remember your choice, and if you move back to the previous version of PHP, the tool will already be active. For more experienced users, we also offer the option to choose the PHP version and whether ionCube will be active or not for a specific domain name without altering the settings for the entire hosting account. This is done by placing a php.ini file within a domain folder with several lines of program code.