IonCube Loader is a software tool, which is needed to run files that are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an app that is used to make PHP code human unreadable, as a way to protect it from reverse engineering or not authorized usage. Various script-driven apps, especially forums, cms and electronic commerce solutions are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder, so if you acquire a script and you notice that ionCube is one of the web hosting environment prerequisites, you need to make sure that your hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. Although it is not that difficult to set it up when you have your own server, it is close to impossible to do that on a shared hosting server for the reason that the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all the clients on the server will be affected.

IonCube in Web Hosting

IonCube Loader is installed on all the web servers that are part of our cloud website hosting platform, which means that irrespective of the web hosting plan that you pick during the signup process, you can activate it through the Hepsia Control Panel. The process is as simple as right-clicking an On/Off button inside the Advanced section, so even if this will be your first website hosting account ever, you won't have to do anything complex. The very same section allows you to choose the PHP release for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2), and in case you decide to switch to another version, you only have to activate ionCube Loader for it too. Because our platform is very flexible, you can even set another PHP version and a different status of ionCube by using a php.ini file in every domain folder. If this is something you would like to do but you don't have much experience, our 24/7 support team will help you within minutes.