Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encrypt the info exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to preserve the information that visitors submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, etc. Any data they type in in any box on the site will be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. In general, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be set up, meaning that the overall cost for your presence online shall be higher. While this might not exactly 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 income 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 have made it possible to use a shared server IP address to set up an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Shared Hosting

You'll be able to use this option with all our shared hosting solutions and with any SSL certificate issued from any dealer. If you prefer to work with an SSL from our company, everything shall be set up automatically and you won't need to do anything after you purchase and approve the certificate. The SSL order wizard will permit you to select a shared IP address to be used and the SSL to be set up by our system, so using this feature requires a maximum of two additional clicks after you fill the required data for the certificate. The appropriate operation of the SSL won't be affected in any way and any information which visitors submit on your website will be encrypted and protected in the same exact way. The one difference from using a dedicated address is that http:// shall not open your site, but it is unlikely that anyone will ever seek to access it that way instead of entering your domain name inside the Internet browser URL bar.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate can be used with our specially configured shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you can use this option with merely several mouse clicks when you install a certificate you obtain through us or through any other vendor. For the SSLs we offer you are also able to take advantage of another function and have our system set everything up for you. In this way the moment you approve the SSL, the shared IP address will be set for the particular domain name or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed with no action needed on your end, and so any data that visitors submit on your site shall be protected. The SSL will function in the exact same way no matter if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the 1 thing that's different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL in an Internet browser will not open your website.