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

Shared SSL IP in Hosting

A shared IP can be used for any SSL certificate, no matter if you acquire it from us or from another retailer and regardless of the hosting service that you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL through us, you'll come across this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you could also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer you. If the latter is picked within the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP address, therefore once you obtain and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the cash you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall function in the exact same way, so any information the site visitors submit will be encrypted. The sole difference is that if you type the shared IP address instead of your domain in a browser, the site shall not show up.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers

Any SSL certificate could be employed with our specially set up shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you'll be able to use this option with only several mouse clicks when you install a certificate that you acquire through us or through some other dealer. For the SSLs that we offer you could also take advantage of an additional function and have our system set everything up for you. That way the instant you approve the SSL, the shared IP will be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed without any action needed on your end, and so any data that site visitors submit on your Internet site will be protected. The SSL shall perform in the exact same way irrespective if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the one thing which is different between the two setups is that entering the shared IP address as a URL in a browser will not open your website.