What's IonCube? Precisely how does IonCube work and do you really need it for your PHP applications?
Plenty of script-driven apps, especially paid content management systems, encrypt their files in order to ensure that they won't be reverse engineered or tampered with. Many of them use an application known as ionCube PHP Encoder to do that, so when you acquire a paid script and you want to install it in a web hosting account, a software tool called ionCube Loader has to be present on the server. Without having it, you can't install the script or in case you somehow manage to do that, it won't work efficiently for the reason that most of the script code will be encrypted to a point where it cannot be interpreted. That is why, you have to make sure that ionCube Loader is present when you get a fresh hosting account and you would like to work with some paid web app. If you obtain a shared website hosting account and the instrument is not present, it cannot be added since the entire server PHP environment shall have to be compiled again.
IonCube in Shared Website Hosting
IonCube Loader is available on all of the web servers which are a part of our cloud web hosting platform, which means that regardless of the Linux shared website hosting package
that you select during the signup process, you'll be able to activate it through your Hepsia Control Panel. The process is as easy as clicking an On/Off button in the Advanced section, so even if this will be your first hosting account ever, you will not have to do anything complicated. The same section allows you to select the PHP release for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), so if you want to switch to some other version, you just need to activate ionCube Loader for it as well. Due to the fact that our platform is really flexible, you can even set some other PHP version and another status of ionCube using a php.ini file in every domain folder. In case this is something you wish to do but you don't have much experience, the 24/7 tech support team will help you within minutes.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you purchase a semi-dedicated server
package from our company, you'll be able to employ any script-driven app which requires ionCube Loader because the tool is installed on all of the servers that are a part of our cutting-edge cloud hosting platform. Furthermore, we support different releases of PHP, which means that if you move from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for instance, you can enable ionCube for this particular release with only a click in your Hepsia Control Panel. Our system will remember your decision, so if you move back to the earlier version of PHP, the software instrument will already be active. For more experienced users, we also provide the option to pick the PHP version and if ionCube will be active or not for a specific domain without altering the settings for the entire website hosting account. This is done by putting a php.ini file inside a domain folder with a couple of lines of program code.