Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encrypt the information exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the information which customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, and so on. Any content they input in any box on the Internet site will be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment data will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Usually, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, meaning that the overall cost for your online presence will be higher. While this might not be an issue for a larger company, 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 main 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 Cloud Website Hosting
A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you purchase it from our company or from a different seller and regardless of the cloud website hosting plan that you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you shall find 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. If the latter is picked inside the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you via the specifically configured server shared IP, therefore once you acquire and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You can save the cash you will otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall do the job in the exact same way, so any data the site visitors submit shall be encrypted. The only difference is that if you enter the shared IP instead of your domain name inside an Internet browser, the website won't display.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
The shared IP option is available with all Linux semi-dedicated servers and the setup takes merely 2 mouse clicks within the hosting CP no matter if you obtain an SSL from our business or from a third-party supplier. There won't be any difference in terms of how the certificate works or encodes the info which your website visitors submit, so your site shall be secure without having to spend the extra money for a dedicated IP. The sole thing which will be different is that https://the-shared-IP will not open your website, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever try to access your internet site in this way rather than inputting your domain name. We also offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs bought through our company and if you select it and you decide 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 without the need for any action on your end.