Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encode the information exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to secure the info that site visitors submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any content they type in in any box on the website shall be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment data will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. In general, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be installed, meaning that the overall cost for your web presence will be higher. While this might not exactly be an issue for a larger company, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store that does not generate big income if additional money should be spent. This is the main 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 set up an SSL certificate.
Shared SSL IP in Shared Website Hosting
A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, regardless if you buy it from our company or from a different dealer and regardless of the shared website hosting package you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL through us, you will find this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you could also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer you. If the latter is picked inside the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you via the specially configured server shared IP, therefore once you buy and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the cash you will otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will work in the same exact way, so any info which the site visitors submit will be encrypted. The one difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain name in a browser, the site will not appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The shared IP option is available with all semi-dedicated hosting and the setup takes only two mouse clicks within the hosting CP irrespective if you obtain an SSL via our enterprise or via a third-party provider. There will not be any difference with regards to how the certificate functions or encodes the info your visitors submit, so your website shall be secure without having to spend the extra cash for a dedicated IP address. The one thing that'll be different is that https://the-shared-IP won't open your site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's quite unlikely that anyone shall ever try to access your site in this way as opposed to typing your domain name. Additionally we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs acquired via our company and if you select it and you opt to use a shared IP address instead of a dedicated one, our system shall set everything up the minute the SSL is approved and issued with no need for any action on your end.