Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encrypt the information exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to secure the data that clients submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any info they type in in any box on the site will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Normally, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be set up, which implies the overall cost for your presence online will be higher. While this might not exactly be a problem for a larger enterprise, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store which doesn't generate big income if additional money should be spent. This is the main reason why we've taken advantage of an extension referred to as Server Name Indication (SNI) and we have made it possible to use a shared server IP address to install an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Cloud Hosting

A shared IP can be used for any SSL certificate, regardless if you acquire it from us or from a different dealer and regardless of the cloud hosting service which you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL from us, you shall discover this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you could also take full advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is selected within the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specially configured server shared IP, thus once you buy and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You could save the cash you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall do the job in the same exact way, so any info which the site visitors submit shall be encoded. The one difference is that if you enter the shared IP instead of your domain inside a web browser, the site won't appear.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate could be employed with our specially set up shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you'll be able to use this option with simply several clicks when you install a certificate you purchase through us or through another dealer. For the SSLs which we offer you can also take advantage of an additional function and have our system set everything up for you. In this way the minute you approve the SSL, the shared IP will be set for the particular domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action expected on your end, and thus any data that site visitors submit on your website will be protected. The SSL will perform in the exact same way irrespective if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the one thing that's different between the two setups is that inputting the shared IP as a URL within a web browser shall not open your website.