What's IonCube? How exactly does IonCube work and do you really need it for your PHP apps?
A lot of script-driven apps, especially paid content management systems, encrypt their files in order to ensure that they will not be reverse engineered or tampered with. Many of them use an application named ionCube PHP Encoder to do this, so if you buy a paid script and you would like to install it in a website hosting account, a software instrument known as ionCube Loader needs to be present on your server. Without it, you won't be able to install the script or if you somehow manage to do that, it will not operate appropriately for the reason that most of the script code will be encrypted to a point where it can't be interpreted. In this light, you need to make sure that ionCube Loader is installed if you get a new hosting account and you want to employ some paid web app. If you obtain a shared web hosting account and the instrument is not present, it can't be added since your entire server PHP environment shall have to be compiled again.
IonCube in Shared Web Hosting
IonCube Loader is a part of all the web servers that are a part of our cloud web hosting platform, which means that regardless of the Linux shared web hosting
that you pick during the signup process, you will be able to activate it through your Hepsia Control Panel. This process is as simple as clicking an On/Off button inside the Advanced section, so even if this will be your first website hosting account ever, you will not have to do anything complex. The exact same section will allow you to select the PHP release for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), which means that if you want to switch to another version, you only have to activate ionCube Loader for it too. Since our platform is flexible, you can even set another PHP version and a different status of ionCube by using a php.ini file in each domain folder. In case this is something you would like to do but you do not have much experience, the 24/7 technical support team shall assist you very quickly.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you aquire a semi-dedicated server
package from our company, you'll be able to employ any script-driven app that requires ionCube Loader because the tool is installed on all the servers that are part of our advanced cloud hosting platform. We also support different releases of PHP, therefore if you switch from PHP 4 to 5.2 or 5.3, for example, you can enable ionCube for this particular version with only a click in your Hepsia Control Panel. Our platform will remember your decision, so if you switch back to the previous release of PHP, the software tool will already be active. For more experienced users, we also offer the option to select the PHP version and whether ionCube will be active or not for a specific domain name without altering the settings for the whole hosting account. This can be done by placing a php.ini file inside a domain folder with several lines of program code.