If you would like to protect the information that visitors submit on your Internet site, you will require an SSL certificate. The abbreviation refers to Secure Sockets Layer and that is a protocol used to encrypt any information exchanged between a site and its users as to guarantee that even if an unauthorized person intercepts any info, they'll not be able to read or use it in any way. The current level of encryption makes it pretty much impossible to decrypt the real content, so if you have a login form of some kind or you offer services and goods online and clients submit credit card details, using an SSL certificate will be an assurance that the info is secure. Typically a dedicated IP address is needed to install an SSL, which will increase the cost to maintain your site. The additional cost may matter in case you run a small web shop, a non-profit organization or any other entity that does not generate a big income, so to save you the funds, our cloud hosting platform supports installing an SSL certificate on a shared server IP address, not a dedicated one.
Shared SSL IP in Web Hosting
A shared IP can be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you buy it from us or from another dealer and regardless of the web hosting plan you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL from us, you'll come across this option on the certificate order page inside your hosting CP where you can also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer. If the latter is selected in the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you through the specifically configured server shared IP, thus once you obtain and approve the SSL, there won't be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the cash that 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 shall be encoded. The one difference is that if you input the shared IP address instead of your domain name inside an Internet browser, the website will not appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
Any SSL certificate can be employed with our specifically set up shared IPs, thus if you have a semi-dedicated server account, you could use this option with just a few mouse clicks when you install a certificate you acquire through us or through another retailer. For the SSLs that we offer you could 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 will be set for the given domain name or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action needed on your end, and thus any information that visitors submit on your site will be secure. The SSL shall perform in the exact same way regardless if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the 1 thing which is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP address as a URL in a web browser will not open your website.