IonCube Loader is a software instrument, which is required to run files that are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an application which is used to make PHP code human unreadable, so as to protect it from reverse engineering or not authorized usage. A number of script-driven apps, in particular online forums, content management systems and e-commerce solutions are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder, which means that if you get a script and you notice that ionCube is one of the website hosting environment requirements, you have to ensure that your hosting server has the tool pre-installed. Though it is not that difficult to set it up when you have your own server, it is almost impossible to do that on a shared hosting server for the reason that the PHP environment should be precompiled and all the clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Hosting
IonCube Loader is supplied with each and every hosting plan that we offer and you'll be able to enable it anytime with just a few clicks, so you'll be able to take advantage of script apps that require it. You will be able to do this from the PHP Configuration section of your Hepsia Control Panel and all it takes to enable or disable ionCube is to click a button. The change will take effect within a minute, therefore you'll be able to go ahead and install the app that you would like without delay. The exact same section will allow you to switch the PHP version that's active for your account, as we support several releases on our cutting-edge cloud hosting platform. If you move to a release that you've never used to date, 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 version different from the one for the whole account or enable/disable ionCube Loader.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you obtain a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you will be able to take advantage of any script-driven app that needs ionCube Loader as the software tool is installed on all the servers that are part of our state-of-the-art cloud website hosting platform. In addition, we support multiple versions of PHP, and if you move from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for example, you can activate ionCube for this particular release with only a click in your Hepsia Control Panel. Our platform will remember your decision, so if you switch back to the earlier release of PHP, the tool will already be active. For more experienced 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 web hosting account. This can be done by placing a php.ini file within a domain folder with a few lines of code.