What is IonCube? Why is it present on almost any present-day web hosting server running PHP?
A lot of script-driven apps, especially paid content management systems, encrypt their files so as to ensure that they won't be reverse engineered or tampered with. Most of them use an application called ionCube PHP Encoder to do that, so when you obtain a paid script and you intend to install it in a website hosting account, a tool known as ionCube Loader has to be present on the server. Without this, you won't be able to install the script or in case you somehow manage to do that, it won't operate properly because almost all of the script code will be encrypted to a degree where it can't be interpreted. That is why, you should ensure that ionCube Loader is installed when you get a fresh hosting account and you wish to work with some paid web application. If you purchase a shared hosting account and the tool is not present, it can't be added because your entire server PHP environment shall have to be compiled again.
IonCube in Shared Web Hosting
IonCube Loader is a part of all of the web servers that are part of our cloud hosting platform, therefore irrespective of the Linux shared web hosting package
that you choose during the signup process, you'll be able to activate it through your Hepsia Control Panel. This process is as easy as clicking an On/Off button inside the Advanced section, so even if this will be your first web hosting account ever, you will not have to do anything complicated. The same section allows you to select the PHP version for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), so in case you choose to move to a different version, you only need to activate ionCube Loader for it as well. As our platform is rather flexible, you can set a different PHP version and another status of ionCube using a php.ini file in each domain folder. In case this is something you want to do but you do not have much experience, the 24/7 support team will be able to assist you in no time.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you purchase a semi-dedicated server
package from our company, you can take advantage of any kind of script-driven application which needs ionCube Loader since the tool is available on all the servers which are a part of our innovative cloud web hosting platform. Furthermore, we support several versions of PHP, so if you move from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for example, you can activate ionCube for this particular release with only a click from your Hepsia Control Panel. Our platform will remember your choice, so if you move back to the previous version of PHP, the software tool will already be active. For more experienced users, we also offer the option to select the PHP version and whether ionCube will be active or not for a particular domain name without altering the settings for the whole hosting account. This can be done by putting a php.ini file within a domain folder with a few lines of code.