IonCube Loader is a tool, that's necessary to run files which are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder. The latter is an app used to make PHP code human unreadable, as a way to protect it from reverse engineering and unauthorized use. Plenty of script-driven applications, particularly forums, cms and e-commerce solutions are encrypted with ionCube PHP Encoder, which means that when you buy a script and you find that ionCube is among the hosting environment requirements, you have to make sure that your web hosting server has the tool pre-installed. Although it is not that hard to install it when you have your own server, it's almost impossible to do that on a shared web hosting server due to the fact that the PHP environment shall have to be precompiled and all the clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Cloud Hosting
IonCube Loader comes with all of the cloud hosting plans that we offer, so every time you need it in order to set up and execute some script application which requires it, you can enable it with a click in the Advanced section of your Hepsia Control Panel. Because you'll be able to change the PHP release which is active for your account from the same section, you'll have to activate the tool for any new version that you set. In case you are more skillful, you are able to use a php.ini file in a domain or subdomain folder and set the PHP version and the status of ionCube Loader for this particular website only, without affecting the whole account. Thus you will be able to manage both new and older script apps for multiple sites within the same account - something that you will not be able to do with many other website hosting service providers available on the market.