Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encrypt the info exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to secure the info that clients submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, and so on. Any data they input in any box on the site will be submitted 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 set up, which means the overall cost for your web presence will be higher. While this might not be a problem for a larger company, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop that doesn't generate big earnings if additional money should be spent. That's 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 install an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Shared Website Hosting

A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you buy it from our company or from some other dealer and regardless of the shared website hosting service which you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you shall discover this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you could also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer. If the latter is selected in the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you via the specifically configured server shared IP, therefore once you buy and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You can save the funds that you will otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will do the job in the exact same way, so any data that the website visitors submit shall be encrypted. The sole difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain within a web browser, the website will not display.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers

Any SSL certificate can be used with our specifically set up shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you'll be able to use this option with just several clicks when you install a certificate which you acquire through us or through some other dealer. For the SSLs that we offer you can also take advantage of another function and have our system set everything up for you. Thus the minute you approve the SSL, the shared IP shall be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed with no action required on your end, and thus any info that visitors submit on your Internet site shall be secure. The SSL will work in the same exact way regardless if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the only thing which is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL in a browser will not open your Internet site.