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 secure the information that visitors submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, and so on. Any content they input in any box on the Internet site will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment details shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Usually, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be installed, which implies the overall cost for your online presence shall be bigger. While this might not be a problem for a larger business, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that does not generate big income if additional money should be spent. This 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 set up an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Website Hosting

A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you acquire it from our company or from some other dealer and regardless of the website hosting package which you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you shall discover this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting Control Panel 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 shall install and set up everything for you using the specifically configured server shared IP address, so once you acquire and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You can save the funds you will otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will work in the same exact way, so any info the visitors submit shall be encoded. The sole difference is that if you enter the shared IP instead of your domain name in an Internet browser, the site will not show up.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The shared IP address option is available with all Linux semi-dedicated hosting packages and the setup takes only a couple of mouse clicks within the hosting CP irrespective if you get an SSL from our enterprise or via a third-party provider. There will not be any difference with regards to how the certificate operates or encodes the info which your visitors submit, so your website will be protected without having to spend the extra cash for a dedicated IP address. The sole thing that'll be different is that https://the-shared-IP will not open your Internet site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's quite unlikely that anybody shall ever try to access your internet site in this way as opposed to keying in your domain name. In addition, we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs obtained through our company and if you select it and you decide to use a shared IP as opposed to a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the moment the SSL is approved and issued without any action on your end.