Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encrypt the information exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the data that site visitors submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any content they input in any box on the site will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment data will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Usually, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which implies the overall cost for your web presence shall be bigger. While this might not be an issue for a larger business, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store that does not generate big earnings if additional money should be spent. This is the key reason why we've taken advantage of an extension referred to as Server Name Indication (SNI) and we have made it possible to use a shared server IP address to install an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Web Hosting

You shall be able to use this option with all our web hosting packages and with any SSL certificate issued from any dealer. If you decide to work with an SSL from our company, everything shall be arrange automatically and you won't need to do anything after you order and approve the certificate. The SSL order wizard will allow you to pick a shared IP to be used and the SSL to be installed by our system, so using this function requires a maximum of two additional mouse clicks after you fill the needed information for the certificate. The adequate functioning of the SSL will not be affected in any way and any information which site visitors submit on your website shall be encrypted and secured in the exact same way. The sole big difference from employing a dedicated address is that http:// shall not open your site, but it is extremely unlikely that anyone will ever attempt to access it in this way as opposed to inputting your domain name in the Internet browser URL bar.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate could be used with our specially set up shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you could use this option with just several clicks when you install a certificate you acquire through us or through some other retailer. For the SSLs we offer you could also take advantage of another function and have our system set everything up for you. This way once you approve the SSL, the shared IP address will be set for the particular domain name or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed with no action expected on your end, and so any info that site visitors submit on your site shall be secure. The SSL will work in the same exact way no matter if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the one thing which is different between the two setups is that inputting the shared IP as a URL in a browser shall not open your website.