If you wish to protect the info that visitors submit on your Internet site, you'll need an SSL certificate. The abbreviation refers to Secure Sockets Layer and this is a protocol used to encode any data exchanged between a website and its users as to ensure that even if an unauthorized individual intercepts any data, they shall not be able to read or use it in any way. The current level of encryption makes it literally impossible to decrypt the authentic content, so if you have a login form of some kind or you offer products and services online and clients submit credit card information, using an SSL certificate shall be an assurance that the data is secure. Typically a dedicated IP address is needed to install an SSL, which will increase the cost to maintain your website. The additional cost may matter if you run a small online shop, a non-profit organization or any other entity which doesn't make a big revenue, so to save you the cash, our cloud hosting platform supports installing an SSL certificate on a shared server IP address, not a dedicated one.
Shared SSL IP in Hosting
A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, no matter if you get it from us or from another vendor and regardless of the hosting service that you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL from us, you'll find this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting Control Panel where you can also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is picked inside the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you using the specially configured server shared IP address, therefore once you buy and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You could save the money you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will work in the exact same way, so any data the site visitors submit will be encrypted. The one difference is that if you type the shared IP address instead of your domain in a web browser, the site won't display.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
The shared IP address option is available with all semi-dedicated servers and the setup takes just a couple of mouse clicks inside the hosting CP regardless if you obtain an SSL through our business or via a third-party vendor. There will not be any difference in the way the certificate works or encrypts the data your visitors submit, so your site shall be protected without spending the additional funds for a dedicated IP. The only thing which will be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's quite unlikely that anybody shall ever try to access your website in this way as opposed to entering your domain. Additionally we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs bought via our company and if you select it and you opt to use a shared IP rather than a dedicated one, our system will set everything up the instant the SSL is approved and issued with no need for any action on your end.