How to manually enable the IonCube loader on select cPanel web hosts


Traffic Getting SEO Plugin™ will not work without the IonCube loader (which is free)  so…

This process will show you how to enable (turn on) the IonCube loader on select cPanel web host providers.

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Step-by-Step Process for Enabling IonCube Loader:

Step 1. Login to your cPanel.

Step 2. Click on [PHP Config].

Step 3. Select [PHP5 (Single php.ini)] and then click [Save Changes].

Step 4. Check the box [IonCube] and then click [INSTALL PHP.INI MASTER FILE].

Step 5. At the bottom of the page, click [Go Back].

Step 6. Click on [File Manager].

Step 7. Select [Web Root (public_html/www)] and click [Go].

Step 8. Look for the file ‘php.ini.default’ and check the box to the left of it.

Step 9. Click [Rename] at the top of the page.

Step 10. Rename the ‘php.ini.default’ to ‘php.ini’ and click [Rename File].

Step 11. You’ve successfully activated the ionCube loader for this web host.

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104 Responses to “How to manually enable the IonCube loader on select cPanel web hosts”

  1. Derek Nadeau 26. Feb, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Hi Jeff,
    I was able to successfully upload the plugin, however nothing happens when I click on the “Install Plugin” buttons.
    PLease advise.


  2. Denitst in naples fl 11. May, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Thank you for the advice on booting godaddy to the curb. Host gator is so so much better.. Thank you Jeff for the killer plug in. I am going to use it on all of my Dentist sites.. 😉

    Again thanks

  3. Matthew 26. Oct, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    This tutorial worked when nothing else would! Thanks 🙂

  4. Christine 06. Nov, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    This is nuts … where do you log on to the cPanel????? … this is very hard to just upload and use. From what I see the cPanel is not free. My web hosting is GoDaddy. Will the this IonCube loader work on GoDaddy. I am just totally confused how to even install this thing. I guess I am disappointed that going through this process has been very daunting. I just want to use this Traffic Getting SEO pluggin and I can’t. So please if you could help that would be wonderful.

    Thank you,

  5. Mikhail Tuknov 01. Dec, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    Its looking pretty impressive i have not used it before ..i will give it a try…

  6. Nancy 14. Jan, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Using for my website that I registered with and getting the Site error: the file /homepages/23/d114460298/htdocs/wordpress-1/wp-content/plugins/Free-TGSP-3.0-no-encr/core.php requires the ionCube PHP Loader to be installed by the site administrator.

    I can install other plugins.

    Thanks for any feedback.

  7. Rick 17. Jan, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Will enabling ioncube delete any of my wordpress blog files already installed since the path is changing?

    • Jeff Johnson 18. Jan, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      The safest thing to do is to check with your hosting account provider.

  8. Giovanni 23. May, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Wow, I’m a total noob at this and this solved my problem completely. Million thanks!

  9. yere 09. Jul, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    thank you.. really helpful.. 🙂

  10. Jupiter Jim 20. Jul, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Ok, I have been a CIW Certified Web Designer for 10 years and I do some PHP programming so your information pointed me in the right direction.

    However, please note that your instructions and screenshots for Hostmonster are woefully OUT OF DATE!

    I could barely figure out what buttons to click, so I know that a Newbie would be Totally lost using your screenshots above.

    Your information is out of date and I’m not blaming you. That’s just what happens in the world of the Internet!

    However, you best advice should be to just call customer service at your hosting company and have them walk you through it.

    I truly don’t know why more people don’t do that!

    Thanks for all your effors, however!

    ~ Jupiter Jim

    • Jeff Johnson 20. Jul, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks for the heads-up , I’ll pass it along to my team and see if they have time to update them.

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