Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol employed to encode the data exchanged between a server and its users. The practical application of employing an SSL is to protect the data that visitors submit on your site - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any info they type in in any box on the website will be submitted safely and securely to the server, so their login or payment information shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Typically, an SSL certificate needs a dedicated IP address to be set up, which means the overall cost for your presence online will be bigger. While this might not be a problem for a larger enterprise, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that does not generate big income if additional money should be spent. That is the key reason why we've 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 Website Hosting

You could use a shared IP address for an SSL certificate with every single website hosting package which we offer and irrespective if the SSL is purchased through our company or through a third-party vendor. If the SSL is bought on our end, not only will you be able to pick the shared IP to be set during the order, but you could also choose our auto-configuration option, so as soon as you complete the purchase and approve the certificate, our system will set it up for you within a couple of seconds and you'll not need to do anything manually. The only difference between employing a shared IP address and a dedicated one is that your site will not appear if you try to open https://the-IP-address as opposed to https://your-domain-name, but besides that, everything shall be exactly the same. With this function you'll be able to protect the information of your customers and have a reliable site without the additional expense for a dedicated IP.

Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The shared IP address option is available with all semi-dedicated hosting and the setup takes just two clicks inside the hosting Control Panel regardless if you buy an SSL through our business or from a third-party provider. There won't be any difference in the way the certificate functions or encrypts the info your site visitors submit, so your site shall be protected without having to spend the additional money for a dedicated IP address. The sole thing that will be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your Internet site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's unlikely that anyone will ever try to access your site in this way instead of keying in your domain name. In addition, we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs bought 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 the moment the SSL is approved and issued with no need for any action on your end.