Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encode the information exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to preserve the information which customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, and so on. Any info they enter in any box on the site will be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment data will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Typically, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be installed, which implies the overall cost for your presence online shall be higher. While this might not be an issue for a larger enterprise, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store which doesn't generate big earnings if additional money should be spent. This is the main reason why we have taken advantage of an extension called Server Name Indication (SNI) and we've made it possible to use a shared server IP address to install an SSL certificate.

Shared SSL IP in Hosting

A shared IP could be employed for any SSL certificate, regardless if you purchase it from us or from a different vendor and regardless of the hosting package that you have on our end. If you get the SSL from us, you will come across this option on the certificate order page within your hosting CP where you can also take full advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer you. If the latter is picked within the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP, so once you buy and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You could save the cash that you will otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will do the job in the same exact way, so any info the visitors submit shall be encrypted. The sole difference is that if you input the shared IP instead of your domain name in an Internet browser, the site shall not appear.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Any SSL certificate can be employed with our specially configured shared IPs, therefore if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you'll be able to use this option with simply a couple of mouse clicks when you install a certificate which you acquire through us or through some other vendor. For the SSLs that we offer you can also take advantage of an additional function and have our system set everything up for you. Thus the minute you approve the SSL, the shared IP address shall be set for the specific domain name or subdomain and the certificate shall be installed with no action expected on your end, and so any data that website visitors submit on your Internet site will be secure. The SSL will perform in the same exact way no matter if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP and the only thing which is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL within a browser will not open your site.

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