Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encode the information exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the info that customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, and so on. Any content they enter in any box on the Internet site will be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment data shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Usually, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be installed, which means the overall cost for your online presence shall be higher. While this might not be an issue for a larger business, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop which does not generate big profits if additional money should be spent. That's the key 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 Cloud Website Hosting

You can use a shared IP for an SSL certificate with each cloud website hosting plan which we offer and regardless if the SSL is acquired through our company or through a third-party vendor. If the SSL is acquired on our end, not only can you choose 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 shall do the installation for you within a couple of seconds and you will not have to do anything manually. The one difference between employing a shared IP and a dedicated one is that your website will not appear if you try to open https://the-IP-address as opposed to https://your-domain-name, but aside from that, everything shall be identical. With this function you'll be able to protect the data of your customers and have a risk-free site without the added expense for a dedicated IP.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate could be used with our specially configured shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you could use this option with simply a couple of mouse clicks when you install a certificate you purchase through us or through another vendor. For the SSLs we offer you are also able to take advantage of an extra function and have our system set everything up for you. In this way as soon as you approve the SSL, the shared IP address will be set for the particular domain name or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action needed on your end, and so any information that site visitors submit on your Internet site shall be secure. The SSL will function in the same exact way irrespective if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the only thing that is different between the two setups is that entering the shared IP as a URL inside a browser will not open your Internet site.