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 using an SSL is to preserve the data that clients submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, and so on. Any content they enter in any box on the website shall be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment data shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Normally, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, meaning that the overall cost for your online presence shall be higher. While this might not be an issue for a larger business, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small web 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 Shared Website Hosting

You can use a shared IP address for an SSL certificate with each shared website hosting solution we offer and irrespective if the SSL is bought through us or through a third-party business. If the SSL is obtained on our end, not only could you choose the shared IP to be set during the order, but you may also select our auto-configuration option, so once you complete the purchase and approve the certificate, our system shall do the installation for you within a few seconds and you will not have to do anything yourself. The sole difference between using a shared IP and a dedicated one is that your Internet site will not appear if you try to open https://the-IP-address rather than https://your-domain-name, but other than that, everything will be the same. With this function you'll be able to protect the data of your clients and have a risk-free site without the additional expense for a dedicated IP.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers

Any SSL certificate can be used with our specially configured shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you'll be able to use this option with only a couple of clicks when you install a certificate you purchase 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. That way the minute you approve the SSL, the shared IP will be set for the specific domain name or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed without any action needed on your end, so any information that website visitors submit on your site will be protected. The SSL will do the job in the same exact way irrespective if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the 1 thing that is different between the two setups is that inputting the shared IP address as a URL inside an Internet browser shall not open your site.