Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encode the info exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to protect the information which clients submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, and so forth. Any info they type in in any box on the site shall be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment details shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Usually, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which suggests the overall cost for your web presence will be bigger. While this may not be an issue for a larger enterprise, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small web store that doesn't generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That is the key reason why we have taken advantage of an extension called 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 could be used for any SSL certificate, no matter if you buy it from our company or from some other dealer and regardless of the web hosting service which you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL through us, you shall come across this option on the certificate order page within your hosting Control Panel where you could also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option which we offer you. If the latter is selected within the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you via the specially configured server shared IP, so once you obtain and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the funds that you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall work in the exact same way, so any data which the visitors submit shall be encrypted. The one difference is that if you enter the shared IP instead of your domain in an Internet browser, the website won't show up.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
The shared IP address option is available with all Linux semi-dedicated service and the setup takes only a couple of clicks within the hosting Control Panel irrespective if you purchase an SSL via our enterprise or from a third-party supplier. There shall not be any difference with regards to how the certificate works or encrypts the information which your visitors submit, so your website shall be secure without spending the additional money for a dedicated IP. The only thing which will be different is that https://the-shared-IP will not open your Internet site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it is extremely unlikely that anyone will ever try to access your website in this way rather than entering your domain. In addition, we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs acquired via our company and if you select it and you decide to use a shared IP rather than a dedicated one, our system will set everything up as soon as the SSL is approved and issued without any action on your end.