IonCube Loader is an instrument, which is required to run files that are encoded 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 or unauthorized usage. A large number of script-driven apps, particularly discussion boards, cms and e-commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, so when you get a script and you find that ionCube is one of the hosting environment prerequisites, you need to make sure that your web hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. Although it's not that difficult to install it if you have your own server, it's almost impossible to do that on a shared hosting server for the reason that the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all clients on the server will be affected.

IonCube in Shared Hosting

IonCube Loader is available with all the shared hosting packages that we provide, so if you require it to set up and execute a script app that needs it, you can activate it with a single click in the Advanced area of the Hepsia Control Panel. As you can switch the PHP release that's active for your account from the same section, you will need to activate the instrument for any new version which you set. If you are more experienced, you're able to take advantage of a php.ini file in a domain or subdomain folder and set both the PHP version and the status of ionCube Loader for that particular website only, without affecting the whole account. Thus you're able to manage both new and older script apps for multiple sites inside the same account - a thing that you will not be able to do with numerous other website hosting providers on the market.