Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encode the information exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to secure the info which visitors submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, etc. Any data they enter in any box on the website shall be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Normally, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which implies the overall cost for your web presence will be higher. While this might not be an issue for a larger firm, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store which does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That's the 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 Hosting

A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you acquire it from our company or from a different vendor and regardless of the cloud hosting service you have on our end. If you get the SSL from us, you'll come across this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting Control Panel where you can also take full advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer you. If the latter is chosen within the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP, so 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 funds you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will do the job in the exact same way, so any information which the website visitors submit shall be encoded. The one difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain inside an Internet browser, the site won't show up.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers

Any SSL certificate could be used with our specifically set up shared IPs, thus if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you can use this option with just several mouse clicks when you install a certificate that you obtain 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 particular domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action required on your end, and so any info that website visitors submit on your website shall be protected. The SSL will perform in the same exact way irrespective if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the only thing which is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL in an Internet browser shall not open your Internet site.