IonCube Loader is a software tool, that is required to run files which are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an application which is used to make PHP code human unreadable, in order to protect it from reverse engineering and illegal use. A great number of script-driven applications, especially discussion boards, content management systems and e-commerce solutions are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder, therefore if you get a script and you notice that ionCube is one of the website hosting environment prerequisites, you should ensure that your website hosting server has the tool pre-installed. Although it's not that difficult to set it up if you have your own server, it is almost impossible to do that on a shared hosting server as the PHP environment will have to be precompiled and all the clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Shared Hosting
IonCube Loader is available with all of the shared hosting plans that we provide, so if you need it to install and run some script app that needs it, you can activate it with a single click inside the Advanced section of your Hepsia Control Panel. Due to the fact that you can change the PHP release that is active for your account in the same section, you'll need to enable the tool for each new version that you set. When you're more skillful, you are able to use a php.ini file in a domain or subdomain folder and set the PHP version and the status of ionCube Loader for that particular website only, without affecting the entire account. In this way you're able to manage both new and older script applications for multiple sites within the same account - something that you can't do with numerous other web hosting service providers out there.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you buy a semi-dedicated server package from us, you'll be able to employ any script-driven application that requires ionCube Loader due to the fact that the software tool is installed on all servers which are part of our cutting-edge cloud hosting platform. We also support different versions of PHP, and if you switch 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 system will remember your choice, so in case you move back to the earlier release of PHP, the tool will already be active. For more experienced users, we also offer the option to pick the PHP version and whether ionCube will be active or not for a specific domain name without altering the settings for the entire web hosting account. This can be done by putting a php.ini file within a domain folder with several lines of code.