Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encode the information exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to preserve the information that visitors submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any info they type in in any box on the site will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment details will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Normally, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be set up, meaning that the overall cost for your presence online shall be higher. While this might not exactly be a problem for a larger enterprise, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store which does not generate big earnings if additional money should be spent. That's the key reason why we have taken advantage of an extension known 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 Cloud Hosting

You'll be able to use a shared IP address for an SSL certificate with each cloud hosting plan that we offer and no matter if the SSL is purchased through our company or through a third-party company. If the SSL is obtained on our end, not only could you pick the shared IP to be set during the order, but you may also select our auto-configuration option, so as soon as you complete the purchase and approve the certificate, our system will set it up for you within a matter of seconds and you'll not have to do anything by hand. The sole difference between using a shared IP address and a dedicated one is that your Internet site will not appear in case you try to open https://the-IP-address rather than https://your-domain-name, but besides that, everything will be identical. With this feature you can protect the information of your customers and have a reliable site without the additional expense for a dedicated IP.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate could be employed with our specially set up shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you'll be able to use this option with just a few clicks when you install a certificate 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 the minute you approve the SSL, the shared IP shall be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action required on your end, and so any data that site visitors submit on your site will be protected. The SSL will work in the exact same way regardless 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 address as a URL in an Internet browser won't open your website.