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 protect the info that customers submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any info they enter in any box on the Internet site shall be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Usually, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, which suggests the overall cost for your online presence will be higher. While this might not exactly be an issue for a larger business, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop that does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. This is the reason why we've taken advantage of an extension referred to as 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 Website Hosting
A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, regardless if you purchase it from our company or from another dealer and regardless of the shared website hosting package that you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL through us, you shall find this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you could also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer you. If the latter is picked in the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP, therefore once you order and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the cash that you will otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will do the job in the same exact way, so any information that the website visitors submit shall be encrypted. The one difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain name inside a browser, the Internet site won't appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The shared IP option is available with all semi-dedicated hosting packages and the setup takes only a couple of clicks in the hosting Control Panel irrespective if you get an SSL through our business or through a third-party supplier. There will not be any difference in the way the certificate functions or encodes the information your website visitors submit, so your Internet site will be protected without having to spend any additional funds for a dedicated IP address. The only thing that will be different is that https://the-shared-IP will not open your website, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's highly unlikely that anyone will ever try to access your website in this way instead of keying in your domain name. We also offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs ordered via our company and if you select it and you choose to use a shared IP instead of a dedicated one, our system will set everything up as soon as the SSL is approved and issued with no need for any action on your end.