IonCube Loader is a software instrument, which is needed to run files which are encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder. The aforementioned is an app used to make PHP code human unreadable, in order to protect it from reverse engineering and illegal use. Lots of script-driven apps, especially message boards, content management systems and electronic commerce solutions are protected with ionCube PHP Encoder, therefore when you purchase a script and you find that ionCube is among the website hosting environment prerequisites, you have to make sure that your web hosting server has the instrument pre-installed. Although it is not that difficult to set it up if you have your own server, it's close to impossible to do that on a shared hosting server as the PHP environment should be precompiled and all clients on the server shall be affected.
IonCube in Shared Hosting
IonCube Loader comes with all of the shared hosting packages that we provide, so any time you need it to set up and run a script app which needs it, you can activate it with a single click from the Advanced area of the Hepsia Control Panel. As you can switch the PHP release which is active for your account in the same section, you'll have to enable the tool for every new version that you set. If you're more experienced, you can use a php.ini file in a domain or subdomain folder and set the PHP version as well as the status of ionCube Loader for this particular website only, without affecting the entire account. In this way you can run both new and older script applications for multiple websites within the same account - a thing that you can't do with many other website hosting providers on the market.