Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encode the data exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to secure the info that visitors submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, and so on. Any information they enter in any box on the site shall be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment data will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Typically, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be installed, which implies the overall cost for your presence online will be bigger. While this may not be an issue for a larger business, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store that doesn't generate big income if additional money should be spent. That's the 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 install an SSL certificate.
Shared SSL IP in Shared Website Hosting
You'll be able to use this option with all our shared website hosting packages and with any SSL certificate issued from any dealer. If you decide to use an SSL from our company, everything shall be set up automatically and you'll not have to do anything after you buy and approve the certificate. The SSL order wizard will allow you to pick a shared IP address to be used and the SSL to be set up by our system, so using this feature requires only two additional mouse clicks after you fill the required data for the certificate. The proper functioning of the SSL won't be influenced in any way and any data that site visitors submit on your website will be encrypted and secured in the very same way. The only big difference from working with a dedicated address is that http:// shall not open your website, but it is extremely unlikely that anybody will ever seek to access it in this way as opposed to inputting your domain name in the web browser URL bar.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Any SSL certificate could be used with our specifically configured shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you could use this option with simply a few mouse clicks when you install a certificate which you acquire through us or through another vendor. For the SSLs we offer you could also take advantage of an extra 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 specific domain name or subdomain and the certificate will be installed with no action required on your end, so any info that website visitors submit on your Internet site will be secure. The SSL shall work in the exact same way regardless if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the only thing which is different between the two setups is that entering the shared IP as a URL in a browser will not open your website.