Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encrypt the information exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to preserve the data that customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, and so forth. Any info they enter in any box on the Internet site shall be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment information will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Usually, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, which implies the overall cost for your online presence will be bigger. While this may not be an issue for a larger firm, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store which doesn't generate big profits if additional money should be spent. This is the reason why we have taken advantage of an extension called 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 Shared Hosting
A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, no matter if you purchase it from our company or from a different vendor and regardless of the shared hosting package that you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you will come across this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you could also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer you. If the latter is chosen in the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP address, so once you acquire and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the funds that you will otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will function in the exact same way, so any info which the website visitors submit shall be encrypted. The only difference is that if you input the shared IP address instead of your domain name inside a web browser, the website will not appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Any SSL certificate could be employed with our specially set up shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you'll be able to use this option with only a few clicks when you install a certificate you obtain through us or through any other retailer. For the SSLs that we offer you can also take advantage of an additional function and have our system set everything up for you. In this way as soon as you approve the SSL, the shared IP shall be set for the given domain name or subdomain and the certificate will be installed with no action expected on your end, and thus any info that visitors submit on your Internet site shall be protected. The SSL shall perform in the exact same way irrespective if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the one thing that is different between the two setups is that entering the shared IP as a URL in a web browser will not open your site.