Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encode the information exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to preserve the data which 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 safely to the server, so their login or payment information 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 presence online shall be higher. While this might not exactly be an issue for a larger enterprise, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that doesn't generate big profits if additional money should be spent. This is the key reason why we've 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 Cloud Website Hosting
A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, no matter if you purchase it from us or from a different retailer and regardless of the cloud website hosting service you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you shall find this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you can also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer you. If the latter is picked in the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you using the specifically configured server shared IP address, thus once you buy and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You could save the money that you'll otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will work in the exact same way, so any info that the website visitors submit shall be encrypted. The one difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain inside an Internet browser, the Internet site will not show up.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Any SSL certificate can be employed with our specifically set up shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you'll be able to use this option with just a few mouse clicks when you install a certificate you acquire through us or through some other retailer. For the SSLs that we offer you can also take advantage of an extra function and have our system set everything up for you. Thus once you approve the SSL, the shared IP will be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed without any action needed on your end, and thus any information that website visitors submit on your website will be secure. The SSL shall do the job in the exact same way irrespective if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the one thing that's different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP address as a URL inside a web browser will not open your website.