SSL, which is short for Secure Sockets Layer, is a security protocol that enciphers the information that clients submit on an Internet site. If they enter a username and a password on a login page or they purchase goods and services online and they type in their credit card details, the data will be exchanged with the hosting server in an encrypted form, thus an unauthorized third-party shall not able to see it. An SSL certificate will heighten the protection of your site and shall make it more attractive to consumers, but besides the cost for the SSL, you must spend additional funds for a dedicated IP address, that's usually required for the SSL installation. In case you have a small e-commerce portal and your budget is small or you're a part of a non-profit organization and you could find much better use for the money, you can avoid the additional expense by making use of our services due to the fact that our cloud website hosting platform supports SSL certificates not just on a dedicated IP address, but also on a shared one.
Shared SSL IP in Shared Hosting
A shared IP can be used for any SSL certificate, regardless if you purchase it from our company or from a different retailer and regardless of the shared hosting plan that you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL from us, you shall find this option on the certificate order page within your hosting CP where you could also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is selected within the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP, so once you obtain and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You can save the cash you'll otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall do the job in the same exact way, so any data that the website visitors submit shall be encoded. The sole difference is that if you input the shared IP address instead of your domain name within an Internet browser, the website will not display.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
The shared IP address option is available with all Linux semi-dedicated servers and the setup takes only 2 mouse clicks within the hosting CP irrespective if you obtain an SSL via our enterprise or from a third-party provider. There won't be any difference in terms of how the certificate functions or encodes the data which your website visitors submit, so your website will be protected without spending the extra money for a dedicated IP. The one thing that'll be different is that https://the-shared-IP will not open your website, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's extremely unlikely that anybody will ever try to access your website in this way instead of inputting your domain name. In addition, we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs acquired through our company and if you select it and you choose to use a shared IP instead of a dedicated one, our system shall set everything up the moment the SSL is approved and issued without the need for any action on your end.