IonCube Loader is a software instrument, that is needed to run files that are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an app used to make PHP code human unreadable, in order to protect it from reverse engineering or not authorized usage. A number of script-driven applications, in particular online forums, cms and electronic commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, so when you get a script and you notice that ionCube is one of the hosting environment prerequisites, you have to make sure that your website hosting server has the tool pre-installed. While it is not that difficult to set it up when you have your own server, it's almost impossible to do that on a shared hosting server since the PHP environment should be precompiled and all the clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Web Hosting
IonCube Loader comes with all the web hosting plans which we offer, so every time you need it in order to install and execute some script application that needs it, you can activate it with a click inside the Advanced area of the Hepsia Control Panel. As you are able to switch the PHP version which is active for your account in the same section, you will need to activate the instrument for any new version which you set. If you're more skillful, you can take advantage of a php.ini file in a domain or subdomain folder and set both the PHP version and the status of ionCube Loader for that particular site only, without affecting the whole account. Thus you're able to operate both new and older script apps for multiple sites in the same account - a thing that you can't do with a lot of other hosting providers available on the market.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Servers
IonCube Loader is provided with all semi-dedicated plans that we supply, which means that you will not experience any kind of problems if you'd like to install and use a script app that requires the tool to operate properly. Enabling it is as easy as clicking a single button inside the Advanced area of the Hepsia Control Panel which comes with all the semi-dedicated accounts and the change will take effect in less than a minute, which means that you'll be able to proceed with the application installation without delay. For the reason that we employ a revolutionary custom-made platform and we support a number of versions of PHP at the same time, you will need to activate ionCube any time you move to a version that you haven't used before. Additionally, you have the option to enable ionCube loader and even to set a PHP version different from the one in the account as a whole by creating a php.ini file in an individual domain or subdomain folder and adding a couple of lines of program code within it.