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 information which visitors submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, etc. Any data they enter 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 individuals. Typically, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which implies the overall cost for your presence online will be higher. While this might not exactly be an issue for a larger enterprise, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store which does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That's the key reason why we've taken advantage of an extension called 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 Cloud Web Hosting
A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you purchase it from us or from another vendor and regardless of the cloud web hosting service which you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL through us, you will come across this option on the certificate order page within your hosting Control Panel where you could also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is chosen within the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you through the specially configured server shared IP address, so once you acquire and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You can save the cash that you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will function in the same exact way, so any data the visitors submit shall be encoded. The sole difference is that if you enter the shared IP instead of your domain in a web browser, the website will not appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
Any SSL certificate could be employed with our specially configured shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you can use this option with merely a few mouse clicks when you install a certificate you purchase through us or through any other retailer. For the SSLs which we offer you could also take advantage of an extra function and have our system set everything up for you. Thus once you approve the SSL, the shared IP address will be set for the particular domain or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed without any action expected on your end, and thus any info that visitors submit on your site shall be secure. The SSL will do the job in the exact same way irrespective if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the 1 thing that is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP address as a URL inside a browser shall not open your website.