Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encode the data exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to preserve the info that clients submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an Internet store, etc. Any data they input in any box on the website will be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment information will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. In general, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be installed, meaning that the overall cost for your presence online shall be bigger. While this may not be an issue for a larger company, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store which does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That is the reason why we have 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 Hosting

You'll be able to use this option with all of our hosting plans and with any SSL certificate issued from any vendor. If you prefer to work with an SSL from our company, everything will be set up automatically and you won't have 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 no more than 2 additional clicks after you fill the required information for the certificate. The adequate functioning of the SSL shall not be affected in any way and any info that website visitors submit on your website shall be encrypted and secured in the very same way. The sole big difference from working with a dedicated address is that http:// shall not open your Internet site, but it is unlikely that anyone will ever try to access it that way rather than entering your domain inside the browser URL bar.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate can be used with our specifically set up shared IPs, thus if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you can use this option with only a few mouse clicks when you install a certificate you acquire through us or through another retailer. For the SSLs that we offer you could also take advantage of an additional function and have our system set everything up for you. Thus once you approve the SSL, the shared IP address shall be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action expected on your end, and so any info that website visitors submit on your website shall be secure. The SSL shall work in the same exact way regardless if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the one thing that's different between the two setups is that inputting the shared IP address as a URL within a browser won't open your Internet site.