IonCube Loader is an instrument, that's needed to run files that are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an app employed to make PHP code human unreadable, as a way to protect it from reverse engineering and illegal usage. A number of script-driven applications, in particular online forums, content management systems and e-commerce solutions are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder, so when you buy a script and you notice that ionCube is among the web hosting environment requirements, you have to ensure that your web hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. While it's not that hard to install it when you have your own server, it's almost impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server since the PHP environment should be precompiled and all clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Website Hosting
IonCube Loader is supplied with each Linux website hosting that we offer and you are able to enable it at any time with just a couple of clicks, so you can use script apps that require it. You will be able to do that from the PHP Configuration section of the Hepsia Control Panel and all it will take to enable or deactivate ionCube is to click a button. The change will take effect in a minute, therefore you're able to proceed and set up the application that you would like without delay. The same section will allow you to change the PHP version that's active for your account, as we support several versions on our hi-tech cloud hosting platform. If you switch to a version that you have never used so far, you'll have to enable ionCube Loader again. More advanced users will be able to use a php.ini file in a specific domain folder in order to set a PHP version different from the one for the whole account or enable/disable ionCube Loader.