IonCube Loader is a software tool, which is necessary 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 unauthorized use. A great number of script-driven applications, particularly online forums, content management systems and electronic commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, therefore if you get a script and you notice that ionCube is on the list of website hosting environment prerequisites, you need to make sure that your website hosting server has the tool pre-installed. Although 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 as the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all clients on the server will be affected.

IonCube in Shared Web Hosting

IonCube Loader is supplied with each and every Linux shared web hosting that we provide and you're able to enable it at any time with just a couple of clicks, so you can work with script apps which need it. You'll be able to do that from the PHP Configuration area of your Hepsia Control Panel and all it will take to activate or deactivate ionCube is to click a single button. The change takes effect in a minute, therefore you will be able to proceed and install the application that you would like without delay. The same section will allow you to switch the PHP version which is active for your account, as we support a number of versions on our cutting-edge cloud hosting platform. If you move to a version that you have never used to date, you'll need to activate ionCube Loader again. Experienced users will be able to use a php.ini file in a specific domain folder 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 get a semi-dedicated server package from us, you will be able to use any kind of script-driven app which requires ionCube Loader since the software tool comes with all servers that are part of our advanced cloud hosting platform. We also support various releases of PHP, and if you move from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for instance, you can enable ionCube for that particular version with only a click from your Hepsia Control Panel. Our platform will remember your decision, so if you move back to the previous release of PHP, the software tool will already be active. For more tech-savvy users, we also provide 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 whole website hosting account. This is done by placing a php.ini file within a domain folder with a few lines of program code.