The ionCube Loader Installer is the quickest and easiest way to install the appropriate Loader onto your web server. While the Installer runs on Windows, it can automatically deploy the correct loader into the correct place on a server, regardless of what version of PHP and what operating system it is running. In this tutorial, we will be looking at how to configure the Loader Installer.

 

Installing to a Local Server

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Installing to a local server requires much less setup than installing to a remote server. All that is required is to specify the URL to access your site from a web browser and the location of the folder on your system where you place your files for the website. To give an example, a fresh WAMP installation would be filled out as follows:

 

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This is because when the WAMP server is running, you go to http://localhost in your web browser to access the files located at C:\wamp\www. Once these have been filled in, it is simply a case of running the Installer by pressing the “Start” button and letting the Installer run.
Note: You will be required to restart Apache at some points during the process. This is very important as changes made by the Installer may not be detected by Apache until it is restarted. This may also result in the Installer reporting an installation failure, when in reality, the server just required restarting.

 

Installing to a Remote Server

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Installing to a remote server requires some additional configuration than is required for a local server. The first thing you will need to provide are details to connect to your server via FTP or SFTP, depending on which option you have chosen. You will need to specify the hostname or IP address that is used to connect to the server, the port on which the FTP/SFTP service is listening (If you do not know what this is, leave it set to the default) and the username and password that you use to login to the server.

 

Once this has been filled in, the last two fields are the same for installing to a local server, the URL to access your site from a web browser and the location of the folder on your system where you place your files for the website. An example of deploying to a remote Linux server can be seen below:

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In this example, the Installer will attempt to connect via FTP to the server at www.example.com on port 21, and attempt to login using the provided username and password. If it is able to connect, it will attempt to install the Loader.

Note: You will be required to restart your server at some points during the process. This is very important as changes made by the Installer may not be detected until it is restarted. This may also result in the Installer reporting an installation failure, when in reality, the server just required restarting.

 

Using the Loader Installer
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