Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encode the data exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the data which clients submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any content they type in 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. Normally, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, meaning that the overall cost for your online presence shall be bigger. While this may not be a problem for a larger enterprise, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that doesn't generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That is the key reason why we have taken advantage of an extension called 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 Website Hosting

A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, no matter if you acquire it from us or from a different vendor and regardless of the shared website hosting package you have on our end. If you get the SSL through us, you will find this option on the certificate order page within your hosting Control Panel where you can also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is picked in the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specially configured server shared IP, thus once you acquire and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You could save the cash you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall do the job in the exact same way, so any info that the site visitors submit will be encrypted. The only difference is that if you type the shared IP instead of your domain name inside a web browser, the website shall not display.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate can be used with our specifically configured shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you'll be able to use this option with only a few mouse clicks when you install a certificate you purchase through us or through another retailer. For the SSLs that we offer you could also take advantage of an extra function and have our system set everything up for you. That way the moment you approve the SSL, the shared IP will be set for the specific domain name or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed with no action expected on your end, and so any info that site visitors submit on your website shall be secure. The SSL shall do the job in the same exact way no matter if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the 1 thing that is different between the two setups is that entering the shared IP as a URL within an Internet browser will not open your Internet site.