Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encrypt the information exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the info which visitors submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, and so forth. Any data they enter in any box on the website shall be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment data will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. In general, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be set up, which suggests the overall cost for your web presence will be bigger. While this may not be a problem for a larger business, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store that does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That's the key reason why we've taken advantage of an extension called Server Name Indication (SNI) and we've made it possible to use a shared server IP address to set up an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Shared Hosting

A shared IP could be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you get it from us or from a different vendor and regardless of the shared hosting service which you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL from us, you shall come across this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you could also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option which we offer you. If the latter is picked inside the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you via the specially configured server shared IP address, thus once you obtain and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the funds you will otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will function in the exact same way, so any data which the site visitors submit will be encoded. The sole difference is that if you enter the shared IP instead of your domain inside a web browser, the website shall not appear.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate could be used with our specially configured shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you could use this option with merely a couple of mouse clicks when you install a certificate you purchase through us or through another vendor. For the SSLs that we offer you can also take advantage of an extra function and have our system set everything up for you. That way the minute you approve the SSL, the shared IP address shall be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action needed on your end, and thus any data that visitors submit on your website shall be secure. The SSL shall work 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 typing the shared IP as a URL inside a browser will not open your website.