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 employing an SSL is to secure the data which visitors submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, and so on. Any information they input in any box on the site will be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. In general, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be set up, which implies the overall cost for your presence online will be higher. While this may not be a problem for a larger firm, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop which doesn't generate big revenue 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 install an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Shared Web Hosting

A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, regardless if you buy it from our company or from a different vendor and regardless of the shared web hosting package which you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL through us, you shall find this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you could also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option which we offer. If the latter is picked within the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specially configured server shared IP address, so once you buy and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the cash that you will otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will do the job in the same exact way, so any data the site visitors submit shall be encrypted. The sole difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain name inside an Internet browser, the website won't appear.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The shared IP address option is available with all semi-dedicated hosting and the setup takes just two clicks within the hosting Control Panel irrespective if you get an SSL from our enterprise or through a third-party vendor. There will not be any difference in the way the certificate works or encrypts the information your site visitors submit, so your Internet site shall be secure without spending any additional cash for a dedicated IP address. The one thing that will be different is that https://the-shared-IP won't open your site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's highly unlikely that anyone will ever try to access your website in this way instead of entering your domain name. Additionally we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs purchased via our company and if you select it and you opt to use a shared IP address as opposed to a dedicated one, our system shall set everything up the moment the SSL is approved and issued without the need for any action on your end.