ionCube Loader is a free tool for executing pre-compiled PHP code. The code must have been pre-compiled using the ionCube PHP Encoder for the ionCube Loader to be able to execute it. The advantage of pre-compiled code means that the code has already been slightly processed and is no longer human readable. The PHP code will also execute faster since it has already been pre-compiled.
Many web applications (such as content management systems) that can be purchased online may be pre-compiled using ionCube PHP Encoder or other similar tools to prevent reverse engineering or tampering of the PHP code. To be able to install a web application that has been pre-compiled using ionCube PHP Encoder, you will need to install ionCube Loader in your web space before the code will execute properly.
Save the file as phpinfo.php to your desktop.
Please reference our FTP section of the 1&1 Help Center for more help if necessary.
Tip: If your package allows SSH access, you may create symbolic links in subfolders that point to your original php.ini file. This way, if the original php.ini file needs to be edited, the changes will then be recognized by all symbolic links that point to it instead of having to overwrite all php.ini files in all the subfolders.