Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol used to encode the data exchanged between a web server and its users. The practical application of using an SSL is to preserve the data that customers submit on your website - a login page, a payment page if you run an online store, etc. Any information they enter in any box on the site shall be submitted safely to the server, so their login or payment details will be protected from being accessed by unauthorized people. Typically, an SSL certificate requires a dedicated IP address to be set up, which implies the overall cost for your presence online will be higher. While this might not exactly be an issue for a larger business, it might matter for a non-profit organization or a small online store that does not generate big revenue if additional money should be spent. That's the reason why we have taken advantage of an extension known as 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 can be employed for any SSL certificate, regardless if you purchase it from us or from some other dealer and regardless of the cloud hosting service you have on our end. If you get the SSL from us, you will come across this option on the certificate order page within your hosting Control Panel 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 specially configured server shared IP, therefore once you order and approve the SSL, there shall not be anything else to do on your end. You'll be able to save the funds you will otherwise need to pay for a dedicated IP and the SSL will work in the exact same way, so any info that the website visitors submit will be encoded. The only difference is that if you input the shared IP instead of your domain within an Internet browser, the site will not show up.