Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encrypt the info exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to secure the information that visitors submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, and so forth. Any information they type in in any box on the site will be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment details will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. In general, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which suggests the overall cost for your web presence shall be higher. While this may not be a problem for a larger enterprise, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop that does not generate big earnings if additional money should be spent. That's the reason why we have taken advantage of an extension known as Server Name Indication (SNI) and we have made it possible to use a shared server IP address to set up an SSL certificate.
Shared SSL IP in Cloud Hosting
A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, regardless if you acquire it from us or from another vendor and regardless of the cloud hosting service which you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you'll come across this option on the certificate order page in your hosting Control Panel where you can also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer you. If the latter is selected within the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you through the specially configured server shared IP address, so once you obtain and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You could save the cash that you will otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL shall function in the same exact way, so any data which the visitors submit will be encoded. The sole difference is that if you type the shared IP address instead of your domain in a browser, the Internet site won't appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
Any SSL certificate could be used with our specially set up shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you'll be able to use this option with only a couple of clicks when you install a certificate which you obtain through us or through some other dealer. For the SSLs we offer you are also able to take advantage of an additional function and have our system set everything up for you. In this way the moment you approve the SSL, the shared IP shall be set for the given domain or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed without any action needed on your end, so any information that visitors submit on your site will be protected. The SSL will work in the exact same way no matter if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the 1 thing that's different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL within an Internet browser will not open your website.