If you would like to protect the information which visitors submit on your website, you'll need an SSL certificate. The abbreviation stands for Secure Sockets Layer and this is a protocol used to encode any information exchanged between a website and its users as to guarantee that even if an unauthorized individual intercepts any info, they shall not be able to read or use it in any way. The existing level of encryption makes it literally impossible to decrypt the actual content, thus if you have a login form of some sort or you offer services and products online and customers submit credit card info, using an SSL certificate will be a guarantee that the data is protected. Normally a dedicated IP address is needed to install an SSL, which will increase the cost to maintain your Internet site. The additional cost may matter when you manage a small online store, a non-profit organization or any other entity that doesn't generate 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 Cloud Hosting
A shared IP could be used for any SSL certificate, regardless if you acquire it from our company or from another retailer and regardless of the cloud hosting plan which you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you shall find this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you can also make use of the 1-click automatic configuration option which we offer you. 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, therefore once you buy and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You can save the funds you will otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will function in the same exact way, so any information the website visitors submit shall be encoded. The sole difference is that if you enter the shared IP instead of your domain name inside a browser, the website will not show up.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Servers
You can use a shared IP address for an SSL bought through us or through any other retailer with any one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans. The setup is really simple and if you get the certificate from our company, you could also take advantage of our SSL wizard where with merely a couple of clicks you'll be able to choose the SSL to be installed automatically for the specific domain name or subdomain on the shared IP that is configured to be employed for this purpose. This option shall save you time and work since you'll not need to do anything after you approve the SSL through email, not mentioning the money you'll save for the IP on a monthly basis. Your website will be secured and any customer will feel certain that their data will be protected considering that using a shared IP address doesn't influence the adequate operation of the certificate and the only real difference from using a dedicated one is that the IP can't be used as a URL to access your site.