Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encode the data exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to secure the data that clients submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, and so forth. Any info they type in in any box on the Internet site will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. In general, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which implies the overall cost for your presence online will be bigger. While this might not exactly be an issue for a larger firm, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store that does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That is the key reason why we've taken advantage of an extension called Server Name Indication (SNI) and we've made it possible to use a shared server IP address to set up an SSL certificate.
Shared SSL IP in Cloud Web Hosting
A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, regardless if you buy it from us or from a different retailer and regardless of the cloud web hosting service that you have on our end. If you get the SSL through us, you shall come across this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you can also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option which 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, so once you acquire and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You could save the cash that you'll otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will work in the same exact way, so any info the website visitors submit will be encoded. The only difference is that if you type the shared IP address instead of your domain in a browser, the site shall not appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
Any SSL certificate can be used with our specially configured shared IPs, thus if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you'll be able to use this option with only a couple of mouse clicks when you install a certificate you purchase through us or through some other retailer. For the SSLs which we offer you are also able to take advantage of an additional function and have our system set everything up for you. Thus the instant you approve the SSL, the shared IP will be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action needed on your end, and so any data that visitors submit on your Internet site shall be secure. The SSL will do the job in the exact same way regardless if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the 1 thing that is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL inside a web browser will not open your website.