Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encode the data exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to preserve the information which site visitors submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, and so on. Any content they input in any box on the Internet site shall be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment details will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Usually, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which suggests the overall cost for your online presence shall be higher. While this might not be a problem for a larger enterprise, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store which does not generate big income if additional money should be spent. This is the 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
A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you acquire it from us or from a different vendor and regardless of the web hosting service you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you shall find this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you can also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer. If the latter is picked within the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you via the specially configured server shared IP address, thus once you order and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the cash that you'll otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall function in the same exact way, so any information the website visitors submit shall be encoded. The one difference is that if you type the shared IP instead of your domain inside an Internet browser, the site won't display.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
The shared IP option is available with all semi-dedicated servers and the setup takes merely two clicks inside the hosting Control Panel no matter if you order an SSL from our enterprise or from a third-party provider. There will not be any difference in terms of how the certificate works or encodes the info that your site visitors submit, so your site will be secure without having to spend the additional money for a dedicated IP. The one thing which will be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's unlikely that anybody shall ever try to access your website in this way instead of inputting your domain. We also offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs bought via our company and if you select it and you decide to use a shared IP as opposed to a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the instant the SSL is approved and issued with no need for any action on your end.