Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encrypt the info exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the data which visitors submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, and so on. Any information they type in in any box on the Internet site shall be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment details shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. In general, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, which implies the overall cost for your presence online shall be bigger. While this might not exactly be an issue for a larger company, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop which doesn't generate big profits if additional money should be spent. This is the main 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 can be used for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you get it from our company or from some other vendor and regardless of the cloud website hosting service which you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you will discover this option on the certificate order page within your hosting CP where you can also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is picked within the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP, therefore once you obtain and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the funds that you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL shall work in the same exact way, so any info which the site visitors submit shall be encoded. The only difference is that if you input the shared IP instead of your domain in an Internet browser, the website won't show up.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The shared IP address option is available with all semi-dedicated services and the setup takes just a couple of clicks inside the hosting CP irrespective if you purchase an SSL via our company or from a third-party provider. There shall not be any difference in the way the certificate functions or encrypts the data that your site visitors submit, so your website will be secure without spending the extra funds for a dedicated IP address. The sole thing that will be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it is unlikely that anyone will ever try to access your site in this way as opposed to entering your domain. We also offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs obtained through our company and if you select it and you opt to use a shared IP as opposed to a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the moment the SSL is approved and issued without any action on your end.