A lot of script-driven applications, particularly paid cms, encode their files so as to make sure that they will not 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 would like to set it up in a hosting account, a software tool called ionCube Loader needs to be present on your server. Without it, you can't install the script or in case you somehow manage to do this, it won't work effectively since almost all of the script code will be encoded to a degree where it can't be interpreted. That's why, you should ensure that ionCube Loader is present if you get a fresh website hosting account and you want to employ some paid web application. If you purchase a shared web hosting account and the tool is not present, it cannot be added because the whole server PHP environment shall have to be compiled again.
IonCube in Shared Hosting
IonCube Loader is available on all web servers that are part of our cloud web hosting platform, therefore irrespective of the shared hosting plan that you select during the signup process, you can activate it from the Hepsia Control Panel. The process is as simple as clicking an On/Off button in the Advanced section, so even if this is your first website hosting account ever, you won't have to do anything complicated. The exact same section enables you to select the PHP release for your account (4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5), which means that if you choose to switch to another version, you only need to activate ionCube Loader for it too. Due to the fact that our platform is really flexible, you can even set a different PHP version and another status of ionCube using a php.ini file in every domain folder. If this is something you'd like to do but you don't have much experience, our 24/7 tech support team will be able to help you very quickly.