If you'd like to protect the info which visitors submit on your 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 an Internet site and its users as to ensure that even if an unauthorized person intercepts any information, they will not be able to read or use it in any way. The present level of encryption makes it practically impossible to decrypt the authentic content, so if you have a login form of some sort or you offer goods and services online and clients submit credit card info, using an SSL certificate will be an assurance that the info is protected. Typically a dedicated IP address is needed to install an SSL, which will increase the cost to maintain your site. The additional expense may matter if you run a small online store, a non-profit organization or any other entity which doesn't make a big revenue, so to save you the money, our cloud website 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 purchase it from us or from a different seller and regardless of the hosting plan you have on our end. If you get the SSL through us, you shall find this option on the certificate order page in your hosting CP where you could also take full advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option that we offer you. If the latter is selected inside the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you using the specifically configured server shared IP address, so once you obtain and approve the SSL, there will not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the money you will otherwise have to pay for a dedicated IP address and the SSL will work in the exact same way, so any data which the website visitors submit will be encoded. The one difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain name within a web browser, the website 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 merely two clicks in the hosting CP regardless if you buy an SSL through our business or via a third-party supplier. There will not be any difference with regards to how the certificate operates or encrypts the data that your visitors submit, so your Internet site shall be protected without spending the extra money for a dedicated IP. The only thing that'll be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it is unlikely that anyone will ever try to access your site in this way rather than entering your domain name. In addition, we offer an auto-configuration option for the SSLs obtained through 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 minute the SSL is approved and issued without the need for any action on your end.