IonCube Loader is a software tool, that's required to run files which are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an app that is used to make PHP code human unreadable, as a way to protect it from reverse engineering and / or not authorized usage. A great number of script-driven applications, particularly community forums, content management systems and electronic commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, which means that if you obtain a script and you find that ionCube is on the list of web hosting environment requirements, you have to make sure that your web hosting server has the tool pre-installed. Though it's not that hard to set it up when you have your own server, it's close to impossible to do that on a shared hosting server as the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all of the clients on the server will be affected.
IonCube in Cloud Web Hosting
IonCube Loader is available on all of the web servers that are part of our cloud hosting platform, which means that regardless of the Linux cloud web hosting service that you select during the signup process, you can enable it through the Hepsia Control Panel. The process is as simple as clicking an On/Off button from the Advanced section, so even if this is your first hosting account ever, you won't need to do anything complicated. The very same section allows you to choose the PHP release for your account (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), which means that if you want to switch to a different version, you just have to activate ionCube Loader for it too. Due to the fact that our platform is quite flexible, you may even set another PHP version and another status of ionCube by employing a php.ini file in every domain folder. In case this is something you need to do but you don't have much experience, the 24/7 support team will help you within minutes.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you obtain a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you will be able to take advantage of any script-driven app that requires ionCube Loader because the software tool comes with all of the servers which are a part of our innovative cloud hosting platform. Furthermore, we support various releases of PHP, and if you move 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 that particular release with only a click in your Hepsia Control Panel. Our system will remember your choice, and if you move back to the previous version of PHP, the software tool will already be active. For more tech-savvy users, we also provide the option to pick the PHP version and whether 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 putting a php.ini file inside a domain folder with several lines of code.