Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that is used to encrypt the info exchanged between a hosting server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to secure the info which customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run a web-based store, etc. Any content they type in in any box on the site will be submitted securely to the server, so their login or payment details shall be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Usually, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, which means the overall cost for your online presence will be bigger. While this might not exactly be a problem for a larger business, it may matter for a non-profit organization or a small online shop which does not generate big income if additional money should be spent. This is the key reason why we've taken advantage of an extension called Server Name Indication (SNI) and we have made it possible to use a shared server IP address to install an SSL certificate.
Shared SSL IP in Cloud Hosting
A shared IP could be employed for any SSL certificate, irrespective if you buy it from us or from another seller and regardless of the cloud hosting plan that you have on our end. If you acquire the SSL from us, you will find this option on the certificate order page in your hosting Control Panel where you could also take full advantage of the 1-click automatic configuration option which we offer. If the latter is chosen inside the SSL order wizard, our system shall install and set up everything for you via the specially configured server shared IP, so once you obtain and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the funds that you will otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL shall work in the exact same way, so any info which the website visitors submit shall be encoded. The one difference is that if you enter the shared IP address instead of your domain name inside a web browser, the site will not appear.