Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encrypt the data exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to secure the info which clients submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, etc. Any information they enter in any box on the site shall be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment data shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. In general, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which means the overall cost for your presence online shall be bigger. While this might not be an issue for a larger business, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that doesn't generate big profits 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 install an SSL certificate.
Shared SSL IP in Shared Website Hosting
A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you get it from us or from a different seller and regardless of the shared website hosting plan you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL through us, you'll discover this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting Control Panel where you can also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer you. If the latter is chosen inside the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specially configured server shared IP, therefore once you buy and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You can save the cash you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will work in the exact same way, so any information the site visitors submit shall be encoded. The one difference is that if you type the shared IP address instead of your domain name inside a web browser, the Internet site won't show up.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
The shared IP option is available with all semi-dedicated plans and the setup takes only a couple of mouse clicks inside the hosting CP irrespective if you obtain an SSL via our enterprise or through a third-party supplier. There won't be any difference in terms of how the certificate functions or encrypts the info that your visitors submit, so your website shall be protected without having to spend any additional funds for a dedicated IP. The sole thing which will be different is that https://the-shared-IP will not open your site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it is highly unlikely that anybody shall ever try to access your internet site in this way as opposed to entering your domain name. In addition, we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs acquired through our company and if you select it and you decide to use a shared IP address instead of a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the moment the SSL is approved and issued with no need for any action on your end.