IonCube Loader is a tool, that's needed to run files which are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder. The aforementioned is an application which is used to make PHP code human unreadable, to protect it from reverse engineering and / or illegal use. Various script-driven applications, especially discussion boards, content management systems and e-commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, therefore if you acquire a script and you find that ionCube is on the list of website hosting environment prerequisites, you should make sure that your hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. While it's not that difficult to install it if you have your own server, it's almost impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server as the PHP environment should be precompiled and all of the clients on the server shall be affected.

IonCube in Shared Hosting

IonCube Loader is installed on all of the web servers that are a part of our cloud website hosting platform, which means that irrespective of the shared hosting plan that you select during the signup process, you will be able to activate it through the Hepsia Control Panel. This process is as simple as clicking an On/Off button from the Advanced section, so even if this will be your first website hosting account ever, you will not need to do anything complicated. The very same section allows you to select the PHP version for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), and in case you decide to move to some other version, you only have to activate ionCube Loader for it as well. As our platform is rather flexible, you can even set some other PHP version and a different status of ionCube using a php.ini file in every domain folder. If this is something you wish to do but you don't have much experience, the 24/7 support team will help you in no time.