What exactly is IonCube? Why is it present on nearly every present-day web server running PHP?
IonCube Loader is a tool, that is required to run files that are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder. The aforementioned is an app that is used to make PHP code human unreadable, so as to protect it from reverse engineering and illegal use. A lot of script-driven apps, especially forums, content management systems and electronic commerce solutions are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder, which means that when you get a script and you notice that ionCube is among the hosting environment requirements, you should make sure that your hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. Though it is not that hard to set it up if you have your own server, it's almost 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 shall be affected.
IonCube in Semi-dedicated Hosting
IonCube Loader is available with all of the Linux semi-dedicated hosting
that we supply, and you will not encounter any kind of problems if you'd like to install and work with a script application that requires the instrument to function appropriately. Activating it is as simple as clicking a button inside the Advanced area of the Hepsia Control Panel which comes with all of the semi-dedicated accounts and the change will take effect in less than a minute, so you will be able to move forward with the application set up without delay. For the reason that we employ an avant-garde tailor-made platform and we support a number of versions of PHP simultaneously, you will need to enable ionCube any time you move to a version that you haven't used before. Additionally, you have the option to enable ionCube loader and even to set a PHP version different from the one in the account as a whole by creating a php.ini file in an individual domain or subdomain folder and adding a couple of lines of program code inside it.