Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encode the information exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to preserve the info that customers submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, and so on. Any info they type in in any box on the website will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment information will 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 shall be higher. While this might not exactly be an issue for a larger enterprise, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store which does not generate big profits if additional money should be spent. This is the reason why we've 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 install an SSL certificate.
Shared SSL IP in Shared Web Hosting
You can use a shared IP address for an SSL certificate with each and every shared web hosting
plan that we offer and no matter if the SSL is purchased through us or through a third-party firm. If the SSL is bought on our end, not only will you be able to pick the shared IP to be set during the order, but you can also select our auto-configuration option, so once you complete the purchase and approve the certificate, our system shall set it up for you within a few seconds and you will not have to do anything by hand. The only difference between using a shared IP address and a dedicated one is that your site will not appear in case you try to open https://the-IP-address instead of https://your-domain-name, but besides that, everything shall be identical. With this feature you can protect the data of your customers and have a risk-free Internet site without the additional expense for a dedicated IP.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The shared IP address option is available with all Linux semi-dedicated hosting
and the setup takes just a couple of clicks in the hosting CP irrespective if you buy an SSL from our enterprise or via a third-party vendor. There will not be any difference in the way the certificate operates or encodes the info which your visitors submit, so your Internet site shall be secure without having to spend the extra funds for a dedicated IP. The sole thing that will be different is that https://the-shared-IP will not open your Internet site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's extremely unlikely that anybody will ever try to access your website in this way instead of entering your domain
. We also 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 as opposed to a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the instant the SSL is approved and issued without the need for any action on your end.