Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encode the data exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to preserve the information which clients submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, etc. Any info they enter in any box on the website shall be submitted safely and 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, meaning that the overall cost for your web presence 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 which does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. This is the key reason why we have 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 Shared Hosting
You will be able to use this option with all of our shared hosting solutions and with any SSL certificate issued from any vendor. When you choose to use an SSL from our company, everything shall be set up automatically and you will not have to do anything after you order and approve the certificate. The SSL order wizard will permit you to select a shared IP to be used and the SSL to be installed by our system, so using this function requires only two additional mouse clicks after you fill the necessary details for the certificate. The adequate operation of the SSL shall not be impacted in any way and any information which visitors submit on your website will be encrypted and secured in the same exact way. The sole big difference from employing a dedicated address is that http:// will not open your website, but it is extremely unlikely that anybody will ever seek to access it this way rather than typing your domain name within the browser URL bar.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
You'll be able to use a shared IP for an SSL acquired through us or through any other supplier with any of our semi-dedicated plans. The setup is quite easy and if you obtain the certificate from our company, you could also take full advantage of our SSL wizard where with merely a few clicks you could choose the SSL to be installed automatically for the specific domain name or subdomain on the shared IP which is configured to be used for this particular purpose. This option shall save you time and work as you won't need to do anything after you approve the SSL via email, not mentioning the money you'll save for the IP on a monthly basis. Your Internet site will be protected and any customer will feel assured that their info will be protected as using a shared IP address doesn't affect the proper functioning of the certificate and the only real difference from using a dedicated one is that the IP address cannot be used as a URL to access your Internet site.