Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encode the data exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to preserve the info that clients submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any info they input in any box on the website will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment details will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Typically, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, meaning that the overall cost for your presence online will be bigger. While this may not be a problem for a larger enterprise, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store which does not generate big income if additional money should be spent. That's the 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 set up an SSL certificate.
Shared SSL IP in Shared Hosting
A shared IP could be employed for any SSL certificate, regardless if you purchase it from us or from a different retailer and regardless of the shared hosting package which you have on our end. If you get the SSL from us, you will find this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you can also take full advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is picked inside the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you using the specially configured server shared IP, therefore once you obtain and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You could save the funds you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall do the job in the same exact way, so any information the site visitors submit will be encrypted. The one difference is that if you input the shared IP address instead of your domain name within a web browser, the Internet site won't appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
You can use a shared IP address for an SSL obtained through us or through any other dealer with any one of our Linux semi-dedicated hosting packages. The setup is quite simple and if you obtain the certificate from our company, you can also take full advantage of our SSL wizard where with just a few mouse clicks you could select the SSL to be installed automatically for the selected domain name or subdomain on the shared IP address which is configured to be used for this specific purpose. This option will save you time and work considering that you won't have to do anything after you approve the SSL through e-mail, not mentioning the funds you will save for the IP on a monthly basis. Your Internet site will be secured and any client will feel assured that their data shall be protected as using a shared IP address does not influence the proper functioning of the certificate and the only real difference from using a dedicated one is that the IP address cannot be used as a URL to access your website.