Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encrypt the data exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to preserve the information which customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, etc. Any info they enter in any box on the website will be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment data will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Usually, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, meaning that the overall cost for your web presence shall be bigger. While this may not be a problem for a larger firm, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that does not generate big profits if additional money should be spent. This is the main reason why we have taken advantage of an extension referred to 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 Website Hosting
A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you buy it from us or from some other retailer and regardless of the website hosting service which you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL from us, you'll come across this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you could also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option which we offer. If the latter is chosen in the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP, thus once you obtain and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the funds you'll otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall do the job in the exact same way, so any information the visitors submit shall be encoded. The one difference is that if you type the shared IP instead of your domain inside an Internet browser, the site won't show up.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
You could use a shared IP for an SSL purchased through us or through any other vendor with any of our Linux semi-dedicated servers. The setup is incredibly basic and if you obtain the certificate from our company, you could also benefit from our SSL wizard where with simply a couple of mouse clicks you'll be able to choose the SSL to be installed automatically for the specific domain or subdomain on the shared IP that is configured to be employed for this particular purpose. This option shall save you time and work since you will not have to do anything after you approve the SSL through e mail, not mentioning the funds you will save for the IP address on a monthly basis. Your website shall be secure and any customer will feel assured that their data shall be protected as using a shared IP address does not affect the proper operation of the certificate and the only difference from using a dedicated one is that the IP address can't be used as a URL to access your site.