IonCube Loader is an instrument, which is required to run files which are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an app designed to make PHP code human unreadable, as a way to protect it from reverse engineering or illegal usage. A lot of script-driven apps, especially community forums, cms and e-commerce solutions are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder, which means that if you get a script and you find that ionCube is one of the hosting environment requirements, you should ensure that your website hosting server has the tool pre-installed. Although it is not that difficult to install it when you have your own server, it's close to 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 shall be affected.
IonCube in Web Hosting
IonCube Loader comes with all the web hosting packages which we supply, so every time you need it to set up and run a script application which needs it, you can activate it with a single click from the Advanced area of the Hepsia Control Panel. Because you'll be able to change the PHP version which is active for your account from the same section, you'll have to activate the instrument for any new version which you set. If you are more skillful, you are able to take advantage of a php.ini file in a domain or subdomain folder and set both the PHP version as well as the status of ionCube Loader for this particular website only, without affecting the entire account. This way you are able to run both new and older script applications for multiple sites within the same account - something that you cannot do with many other web hosting suppliers on the market.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you get a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you will be able to take advantage of any kind of script-driven application which needs ionCube Loader for the reason that the software tool is available on all the servers which are part of our state-of-the-art cloud hosting platform. In addition, we support different versions of PHP, so 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 enable 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 earlier release of PHP, the instrument will already be active. For more tech-savvy users, we also offer the option to select the PHP version and if ionCube will be active or not for a particular domain without altering the settings for the entire website hosting account. This is done by placing a php.ini file within a domain folder with several lines of code.