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I'm trying to install WHMCS (protected by ionCube) in a shared hosting server. I'm hitting on following error - 
"Site error: the ionCube PHP Loader needs to be installed. This is a widely used PHP extension for running ionCube protected PHP code, website security and malware blocking. Please visit get-loader.ioncube.com for install assistance." 
 

I contacted my hosting provider and this is what they responded.. 
"IonCube loader is no longer supported because it is incompatible with PHP opcache. This is a defect with ionCube loader and is not under our control.." 

Is there a fix for this issue? Or is there a workaround for me to get my script installed? sadly this protection is infact killing its purpose and preventing customers.. Any help is highly appreciated..

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OPcache and ionCube are not good friends since encoded files cannot be cached. As far as I know the only option you have is to get rid of OPcache.

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Have seen other places, like wpengine, losing support for ioncube.  Having ioncube and opcache enabled at same time wont be an issue, have that setup currently, but as mentioned they just wont cache.

As you're on a shared server and the provider is tossing ioncube, your options are limited to moving to a different host or different platform with them that has ioncube. 

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that's  weird.  Ideally, added security should help us to do a better job - here its killing whole purpose of having it.. 😞 too bad..

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Well, on the flip side of that ioncube prevents malware scanners from finding their targets.  So one can say removing it actually improves security as well.   Though really the host in question should provide options to continue to use it on their systems. 

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