What exactly is IonCube? Why is it present on almost every present-day web hosting server running PHP?
IonCube Loader is an instrument, that's required to run files which are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an application used to make PHP code human unreadable, as a way to protect it from reverse engineering and / or not authorized usage. Numerous script-driven applications, in particular forums, content management systems and electronic commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, which means that when you buy a script and you notice that ionCube is one of the website hosting environment requirements, you need to ensure that your website hosting server has the tool pre-installed. While it is not that hard to set it up if you have your own server, it's close to impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server as the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all the clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Shared Website Hosting
IonCube Loader is present on all web servers that are a part of our cloud web hosting platform, so whatever the shared website hosting plan that you get during the signup process, you will be able to enable it through your Hepsia Control Panel. This process is as easy as right-clicking an On/Off button from the Advanced section, so even if this will be your first website hosting account ever, you will not have to do anything complicated. The exact same section will allow you to pick the PHP version for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), so if you want to switch to another version, you only need to activate ionCube Loader for it too. As our platform is quite flexible, you may even set a different PHP version and another status of ionCube by using a php.ini file in each domain folder. In case this is something you wish to do but you do not have much experience, our 24/7 tech support team shall help you very quickly.