Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encode the information exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to secure the info which clients submit on your Internet site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any info they type in in any box on the site will be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Typically, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be set up, meaning that the overall cost for your web presence will be higher. While this may not be an issue for a larger enterprise, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop which does not generate big income if additional money should be spent. That is the key reason why we've taken advantage of an extension known as 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 Shared Web Hosting

You can use a shared IP address for an SSL certificate with every single shared web hosting solution which we offer and irrespective if the SSL is bought through our company or through a third-party vendor. If the SSL is bought on our end, not only can you choose the shared IP to be set during the order, but you may also select our auto-configuration option, so once you complete the purchase and approve the certificate, our system will handle the installation for you within a matter of seconds and you'll not have to do anything yourself. The one difference between using a shared IP and a dedicated one is that your site won't appear in case you try to open https://the-IP-address as opposed to https://your-domain-name, but other than that, everything shall be exactly the same. With this function you could protect the data of your customers and have a risk-free site without the added expense for a dedicated IP address.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The shared IP option is available with all semi-dedicated hosting and the setup takes just a couple of mouse clicks within the hosting Control Panel regardless if you buy an SSL through our company or via a third-party supplier. There won't be any difference in terms of how the certificate operates or encodes the information your website visitors submit, so your Internet site will be protected without spending the additional cash for a dedicated IP address. The only thing that will be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your website, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's quite unlikely that anybody will ever try to access your internet site in this way rather than typing your domain name. Additionally we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs purchased via our company and if you select it and you choose to use a shared IP rather than a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the minute the SSL is approved and issued with no need for any action on your end.