SSL, which is an acronym for Secure Sockets Layer, is a security protocol that enciphers the data which users submit on a website. If they type in a username and a password on a login page or they buy services and products online and they input their credit card info, the data will be exchanged with the hosting server in an encrypted form, which means that an unauthorized third-party won't be able to see it. An SSL certificate will increase the security of your website and will make it more attractive to customers, but in addition to the cost for the SSL, you need to spend additional funds for a dedicated IP address, that is typically needed for the SSL installation. If you manage a modest e-commerce portal and your budget is tight or you are a part of a non-profit organization and you can find better use for the money, you can avoid the additional expense by taking advantage of our services given that our cloud hosting platform supports SSL certificates not only on a dedicated IP address, but also on a shared one.
Shared SSL IP in Hosting
A shared IP can be used for any SSL certificate, regardless if you purchase it from us or from another dealer and regardless of the hosting service 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 can also take advantage 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 via the specifically configured server shared IP, thus once you order and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You could save the money you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL shall do the job in the same exact way, so any data the site visitors submit shall be encrypted. The only difference is that if you input the shared IP instead of your domain within an Internet browser, the site will not display.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Any SSL certificate can be employed with our specially set up shared IPs, thus if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you can use this option with only a few clicks when you install a certificate which you acquire through us or through another retailer. For the SSLs that we offer you can also take advantage of another function and have our system set everything up for you. This way the moment you approve the SSL, the shared IP address shall be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed with no action needed on your end, and thus any information that visitors submit on your site will be secure. The SSL will function in the exact same way regardless if it is set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the 1 thing that is different between the two setups is that inputting the shared IP as a URL in a browser will not open your site.