If you would like to protect the info that visitors submit on your website, you need an SSL certificate. The abbreviation refers to Secure Sockets Layer and this is a protocol employed to encode any information exchanged between an Internet site and its users as to ensure that even if an unauthorized individual intercepts any data, they will not be able to read or use it in any way. The existing level of encryption makes it virtually impossible to decrypt the actual content, therefore if you have a login form of some type or you offer services and products online and customers submit credit card info, using an SSL certificate shall be an assurance that the data is protected. Usually a dedicated IP address is needed to install an SSL, which will increase the cost to maintain your website. The additional expense may matter when you manage a small web shop, a non-profit organization or any other entity that doesn't generate a big revenue, so to save you the money, 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 used for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you buy it from us or from a different vendor and regardless of the web hosting package you have on our end. If you obtain the SSL from us, you will come across this option on the certificate order page within your hosting CP where you could also take advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option we offer you. If the latter is selected in the SSL order wizard, our system will install and set up everything for you via the specially configured server shared IP address, therefore once you acquire and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You can save the money you'll otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will work in the exact same way, so any data that the visitors submit will be encoded. The sole difference is that if you type the shared IP address instead of your domain name in a browser, the website shall not appear.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The shared IP address option is available with all Linux semi-dedicated hosting packages and the setup takes just 2 clicks within the hosting CP irrespective if you purchase an SSL through our company or through a third-party vendor. There will not be any difference in the way the certificate functions or encrypts the info which your website visitors submit, so your website shall be protected without having to spend any additional funds for a dedicated IP. The only thing that will be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's extremely unlikely that anybody shall ever try to access your internet site in this way instead of keying in your domain name. We also offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs ordered through our company and if you select it and you opt to use a shared IP as opposed to a dedicated one, our system shall set everything up the instant the SSL is approved and issued without the need for any action on your end.