Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encrypt the information exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to preserve the info which visitors submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, etc. Any content they input in any box on the Internet site will be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment information will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. In general, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, which implies the overall cost for your web presence shall be bigger. While this might not exactly be a problem for a larger business, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop that doesn't generate big income if additional money should be spent. That is the key reason why we have 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 install an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Shared Web Hosting

A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you acquire it from us or from some other seller and regardless of the shared web hosting service which you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL through us, you shall discover this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting Control Panel where you can also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer you. If the latter is selected inside the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you via the specially configured server shared IP, thus once you order and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You could save the money 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 website visitors submit will be encoded. The only difference is that if you type the shared IP instead of your domain within an Internet browser, the Internet site won't show up.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers

Any SSL certificate could be employed with our specifically configured shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you could use this option with only a couple of clicks when you install a certificate you obtain through us or through some other retailer. For the SSLs we offer you could also take advantage of an extra function and have our system set everything up for you. That way once you approve the SSL, the shared IP address will be set for the particular domain or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed without any action required on your end, and thus any info that site visitors submit on your Internet site shall be protected. The SSL shall function in the exact same way regardless if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the only thing that's different between the two setups is that inputting the shared IP address as a URL inside a web browser shall not open your Internet site.