IonCube Loader is a software tool, that is needed to run files that are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an app which is used to make PHP code human unreadable, to protect it from reverse engineering and illegal usage. A lot of script-driven applications, in particular discussion boards, cms and e-commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, so when you obtain a script and you find that ionCube is on the list of web hosting environment prerequisites, you need to make sure that your hosting server has the tool pre-installed. While it is not that difficult to install it when you have your own server, it's close to impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server because the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all clients on the server shall be affected.

IonCube in Shared Web Hosting

IonCube Loader is supplied with each shared web hosting plan that we offer and you are able to activate it at any time with just a few clicks, so you will be able to work with script apps which require it. You are able to do this through the PHP Configuration section of your Hepsia Control Panel and all it takes to activate or disable ionCube is to click a single button. The change will take effect in a minute, therefore you'll be able to go ahead and install the application that you'd like right away. The very same section will allow you to switch the PHP release that's active for your account, as we support numerous versions on our hi-tech cloud hosting platform. In case you move to a release that you've never used to date, you will need to enable 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 Servers

As all semi-dedicated server accounts are created on our advanced cluster platform and ionCube Loader is available on it, you will be able to use any script application that needs the tool in order to function properly. With a couple of clicks in your Hepsia web hosting Control Panel you are able to activate or deactivate ionCube for the PHP version which is currently active for the account. Since we support multiple releases of PHP simultaneously, you will need to do this each and every time you switch to a different version, but if you revert back to a version which you have already used, our system will remember your choice and ionCube Loader will already be activated. If you have multiple websites inside the same account and they require different versions of PHP, you will be able to create a php.ini file in each and every domain folder and with several lines of code you are able to define both the PHP release as well as the status of ionCube irrespective of what is selected for the web hosting account altogether.