Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encrypt the info exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the info that clients submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, etc. Any information they enter in any box on the site will be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment data shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Normally, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, which suggests the overall cost for your presence online shall be higher. While this may not be a problem for a larger business, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. This is the main reason why we've taken advantage of an extension called 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 Web Hosting

You can use a shared IP for an SSL certificate with each web hosting solution we offer and no matter if the SSL is acquired through our company or through a third-party business. If the SSL is purchased on our end, not only could you choose the shared IP to be set during the order, but you could also choose our auto-configuration option, so when you complete the purchase and approve the certificate, our system shall install it for you within a couple of seconds and you won't have to do anything manually. The one difference between using a shared IP and a dedicated one is that your website won't appear in case you try to open https://the-IP-address instead of https://your-domain-name, but other than that, everything shall be identical. With this function you'll be able to protect the data of your customers and have a secure Internet site without the added expense for a dedicated IP.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate can be used with our specially configured shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you'll be able to use this option with simply a few mouse clicks when you install a certificate that you purchase through us or through another retailer. For the SSLs which we offer you could also take advantage of another function and have our system set everything up for you. This way once you approve the SSL, the shared IP address will be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed with no action needed on your end, so any information that visitors submit on your Internet site will be protected. The SSL shall do the job in the same exact way regardless if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the 1 thing which is different between the two setups is that inputting the shared IP as a URL within a browser shall not open your website.