If you want to protect the data that visitors submit on your website, you'll need an SSL certificate. The abbreviation is short for Secure Sockets Layer and that's a protocol employed to encode any information exchanged between a site and its users as to guarantee that even if an unauthorized person intercepts any data, they'll not be able to read or use it in any way. The current level of encryption makes it literally impossible to decrypt the real content, so if you have a login form of some sort or you offer services and products online and clients submit credit card info, using an SSL certificate will be an assurance that the data is protected. Typically a dedicated IP address is required 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 shop, a non-profit organization or any other entity that doesn't generate a big revenue, so to save you the funds, our cloud web hosting platform supports installing an SSL certificate on a shared server IP address, not a dedicated one.
Shared SSL IP in Cloud Hosting
You can use a shared IP address for an SSL certificate with each and every cloud hosting
plan which we offer and irrespective if the SSL is purchased through our company or through a third-party vendor. If the SSL is obtained on our end, not only can you select the shared IP to be set during the order, but you can also select our auto-configuration option, so when you complete the purchase and approve the certificate, our system will set it up for you within a few seconds and you will not have to do anything yourself. The one difference between using a shared IP and a dedicated one is that your Internet site won't appear if you try to open https://the-IP-address rather than https://your-domain-name, but other than that, everything shall be the same. With this feature you can protect the data of your clients and have a reliable website without the additional expense for a dedicated IP address.
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 only a couple of clicks in the hosting CP no matter if you buy an SSL from our enterprise or via a third-party vendor. There will not be any difference with regards to how the certificate operates or encodes the information that your visitors submit, so your site shall be secure without spending the additional funds for a dedicated IP address. The one thing which will be different is that https://the-shared-IP shall not open your Internet site, unlike https://the-dedicated-IP, but it's quite unlikely that anyone shall ever try to access your site in this way instead of typing 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 opt to use a shared IP as opposed to a dedicated one, our system shall set everything up the minute the SSL is approved and issued without any action on your end.