Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encrypt the information exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to protect the information which customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, and so on. Any info they enter in any box on the site will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Typically, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, meaning that the overall cost for your online presence shall be bigger. While this may not be an issue for a larger company, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store which doesn't generate big earnings if additional money should be spent. That's the main reason why we've taken advantage of an extension referred to 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 Hosting

A shared IP could be employed for any SSL certificate, no matter if you acquire it from us or from some other retailer and regardless of the shared hosting service which you have on our end. If you get the SSL from us, you'll discover this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you can also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is picked within the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you using the specially configured server shared IP, so once you buy and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You can save the funds you will otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will do the job in the same exact way, so any data the website visitors submit shall be encoded. The only difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain in an Internet browser, the website will not display.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The shared IP address option is available with all Linux semi-dedicated hosting and the setup takes only 2 clicks inside the hosting CP irrespective if you get an SSL from our business or from a third-party vendor. There will not be any difference in the way the certificate functions or encodes the information your site visitors submit, so your site will be protected without having to spend the additional funds for a dedicated IP. The one thing that'll be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your Internet site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's unlikely that anybody shall ever try to access your website in this way as opposed to inputting your domain. Additionally we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs bought through our company and if you select it and you choose to use a shared IP instead of a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the instant the SSL is approved and issued without any action on your end.