A lot of licensed and some free of charge script-driven applications have encoded program code, that is not human readable. The reasoning behind this is to prevent the reverse engineering and the illegal use of such applications. One of the most popular encryption software instruments used for this specific purpose is named Zend Guard and it's widely used since it can be used to change any kind of PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7 and PHP 8 code. The only method for the encrypted files to run correctly on a web server afterwards is if an extra instrument called Zend Optimizer is available. When you wish to employ any paid web software requiring Zend Optimizer, you have to make sure that it is set up on the server where you'll host your website. In addition, websites that require the tool usually perform better due to the fact that their code is already precompiled and optimized, which means that it's executed faster.

Zend Optimizer in Semi-dedicated Servers

Zend Optimizer is installed on all of the servers that comprise our cluster web hosting platform, therefore you can use it for all of your script-driven apps with any of our semi-dedicated server packages. It will be available all the time even when you switch the PHP release for your account as our feature-rich platform will allow you to choose between PHP 4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2. Both changing the version and activating Zend Optimizer for the new one takes a couple of clicks in the PHP Configuration area of the Hepsia web hosting Control Panel that is used to take care of the semi-dedicated accounts. What is more, you may even use a different release of PHP and enable or disable Zend for every single site that you host in your account. You can do this by using a php.ini file in a domain folder with several lines of code inside it. In case you don't have previous experience and you are unsure how to do this, our 24/7 tech support can help you.