Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encode the data exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to preserve the information that site visitors submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, and so on. Any info they input in any box on the site shall be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment data will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Normally, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be set up, which suggests the overall cost for your online presence will be higher. While this may not be an issue for a larger enterprise, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That's the main reason why we have 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 Cloud Website Hosting
You will be able to use this option with all of our cloud website hosting solutions and with any SSL certificate issued from any retailer. If you choose to work with an SSL from our company, everything can be set up automatically and you won't have to do anything after you order and approve the certificate. The SSL order wizard will enable you to choose a shared IP address to be used and the SSL to be installed by our system, so using this function requires no more than 2 additional mouse clicks after you fill the required information for the certificate. The appropriate functioning of the SSL will not be impacted in any way and any information that site visitors submit on your website will be encrypted and protected in the exact same way. The sole big difference from employing a dedicated address is that http:// will not open your Internet site, but it is unlikely that anybody will ever attempt to access it this way instead of entering your domain name inside the web browser URL bar.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
Any SSL certificate can be used with our specially configured shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you could use this option with simply several mouse clicks when you install a certificate which you obtain through us or through some other retailer. For the SSLs that we offer you can also take advantage of another function and have our system set everything up for you. That way once you approve the SSL, the shared IP will be set for the given domain name or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed with no action expected on your end, and so any data that website visitors submit on your Internet site will be protected. The SSL will function in the exact same way irrespective if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the only thing that is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL inside a web browser will not open your website.