IonCube Loader is a tool, that's needed 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 not authorized usage. Numerous script-driven applications, especially message boards, cms and e-commerce solutions are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder, therefore if you acquire a script and you find that ionCube is one of the hosting environment prerequisites, you need to ensure that your hosting server has the tool pre-installed. While it's not that hard to install it when you have your own server, it's almost impossible to do that on a shared hosting server for the reason that the PHP environment should be precompiled and all clients on the server will be affected.
IonCube in Shared Web Hosting
IonCube Loader is supplied with each shared web hosting that we offer and you will be able to activate it anytime with just a couple of clicks, so you can take advantage of script apps which need it. You'll be able to do that through the PHP Configuration area of the Hepsia Control Panel and all it will take to activate or deactivate ionCube is to click a single button. The change takes effect within a minute, so you will be able to go ahead and set up the application that you'd like right away. The very same section allows you to change the PHP version that's active for your account, because we support a number of releases on our leading-edge cloud platform. In case you move to a release that you haven't used to date, you will have to activate ionCube Loader once again. Experienced 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 Servers
In case you buy a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you'll be able to take advantage of any kind of script-driven application that needs ionCube Loader because the tool is installed on all of the servers which are part of our revolutionary cloud website hosting platform. We also support multiple versions of PHP, therefore if you move from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for example, you can enable ionCube for this particular version with just a click from your Hepsia Control Panel. Our platform will remember your choice, so in case you move back to the earlier version of PHP, the instrument will already be active. For more tech-savvy users, we also offer the option to pick the PHP version and if ionCube will be active or not for a specific domain name without altering the settings for the entire website hosting account. This is done by putting a php.ini file in a domain folder with a few lines of code.