What precisely is IonCube? Why is it present on nearly every present-day web server running PHP?
In order to avoid the reverse engineering of script applications, numerous developers encrypt their program code with tools such as ionCube PHP Encoder in order to make it human unreadable. This is valid for paid applications in particular, because anyone would be able to use and change the unprotected code without paying the needed license fees. In case you get web software encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder, you'll be able to use it without any problems as long as an instrument known as ionCube Loader is installed on the hosting server. This loader enables you to execute encoded files and you'll often notice it as one of the prerequisites for a particular script app to be installed. Because the encoded files are already precompiled, they are normally executed a lot quicker and this can increase the overall speed of your site.
IonCube in Cloud Web Hosting
IonCube Loader comes with all of the cloud web hosting plans that we supply, so when you need it to install and execute some script application which requires it, you can activate it with a click in the Advanced section of the Hepsia Control Panel. Due to the fact that you're able to switch the PHP release that is active for your account in the same section, you will need to enable the instrument for every new version that you set. When you're more experienced, you can take advantage of a php.ini file in a domain or subdomain folder and set both the PHP version and the status of ionCube Loader for this particular website only, without affecting the entire account. Thus you can run both new and older script apps for multiple websites in the same account - something that you cannot do with a lot of other website hosting providers on the market.