Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encrypt the info exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the data that customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, etc. Any content they input in any box on the site will be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment details shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. In general, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be installed, which suggests the overall cost for your web presence will be bigger. While this may not be an issue for a larger enterprise, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop that doesn't generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That's the main reason why we've taken advantage of an extension known 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 Hosting

A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, no matter if you get it from us or from another seller and regardless of the hosting service you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL through us, you shall come across this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you can also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer you. If the latter is chosen within the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP, therefore once you obtain and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You could save the cash that you'll otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will do the job in the exact same way, so any information that the visitors submit will be encrypted. The sole difference is that if you type the shared IP instead of your domain within an Internet browser, the website shall not appear.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The shared IP address option is available with all semi-dedicated hosting and the setup takes merely 2 mouse clicks within the hosting CP irrespective if you purchase an SSL from our enterprise or from a third-party supplier. There won't be any difference in terms of how the certificate functions or encodes the information your site visitors submit, so your website shall be protected without spending the extra money for a dedicated IP. The sole thing which will be different is that https://the-shared-IP won't open your website, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's highly unlikely that anyone will ever try to access your internet site in this way instead of entering your domain. Additionally we 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 address as opposed to a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the minute the SSL is approved and issued without the need for any action on your end.