IonCube Loader is a tool, that is needed to run files which are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an application that is used to make PHP code human unreadable, to protect it from reverse engineering and / or illegal usage. A great number of script-driven applications, particularly discussion forums, content management systems and e-commerce solutions are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder, therefore when you obtain a script and you find that ionCube is one of the web hosting environment prerequisites, you have to ensure that your website hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. While it is not that hard to install it if you have your own server, it's almost impossible to do that on a shared hosting server due to the fact that the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all clients on the server shall be affected.

IonCube in Cloud Hosting

IonCube Loader is installed on all the web servers that are part of our cloud web hosting platform, so whatever the cloud hosting that you pick during the signup process, you'll be able to enable it through the Hepsia Control Panel. This process is as easy as clicking an On/Off button from the Advanced section, so even if this will be your first web hosting account ever, you won't need to do anything complex. The very same section allows you to choose the PHP release for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), which means that if you decide to switch to a different version, you only have to activate ionCube Loader for it too. As our platform is rather flexible, you can even set some other PHP version and another status of ionCube using a php.ini file in every domain folder. If this is something you need to do but you do not have much experience, the 24/7 tech support team will help you quickly.

IonCube in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you get a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you'll be able to take advantage of any script-driven app that requires ionCube Loader for the reason that the tool is installed on all the servers which are a part of our innovative cloud website hosting platform. In addition, we support multiple releases of PHP, which means that if you switch from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for example, you can enable ionCube for this particular release with only a click in your Hepsia Control Panel. Our system will remember your decision, so in case you switch back to the previous version of PHP, the tool will already be active. For more tech-savvy users, we also offer the option to choose the PHP version and whether ionCube will be active or not for a particular domain without altering the settings for the whole web hosting account. This can be done by putting a php.ini file in a domain folder with a couple of lines of program code.