What is IonCube? Why is it present on nearly every present-day server running PHP?
IonCube Loader is a tool, that is needed to run files which are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder. The aforementioned is an application employed to make PHP code human unreadable, in order to protect it from reverse engineering or not authorized use. Various script-driven apps, especially discussion forums, cms and e-commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, which means that when you buy a script and you find that ionCube is one of the web hosting environment prerequisites, you need to make sure that your web hosting server has the tool pre-installed. Although it is not that hard to install it if you have your own server, it is almost impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server because the PHP environment will have to be precompiled and all of the clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Cloud Web Hosting
IonCube Loader is present on all web servers which are part of our cloud hosting platform, which means that regardless of the Linux cloud web hosting plan
that you pick during the signup process, you'll be able to enable it from your Hepsia Control Panel. This process is as easy as clicking an On/Off button inside the Advanced section, so even if this is your first hosting account ever, you will not have to do anything complex. The same section will allow you to pick the PHP version for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), which means that in case you would like to switch to some other version, you only have to activate ionCube Loader for it too. Because our platform is very flexible, you can even set another PHP version and another status of ionCube using a php.ini file in each domain folder. If this is something you want to do but you don't have much experience, the 24/7 tech support team will be able to assist you in no time.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you obtain a semi-dedicated server
package from our company, you can employ any kind of script-driven application that requires ionCube Loader due to the fact that the software tool is installed on all the servers that are a part of our cutting-edge cloud web hosting platform. Furthermore, we support various versions of PHP, therefore if you move from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for example, you can enable ionCube for this particular version with just a click in your Hepsia Control Panel. Our system will remember your choice, so in case you move back to the previous release of PHP, the instrument 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 specific domain without altering the settings for the entire website hosting account. This is done by putting a php.ini file inside a domain folder with a few lines of code.