If you'd like to protect the info that visitors submit on your Internet site, you'll need an SSL certificate. The abbreviation stands for Secure Sockets Layer and that's a protocol used to encode any information exchanged between a website 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 pretty much impossible to decrypt the real content, so if you have a login form of some kind or you offer products and services online and customers submit credit card info, using an SSL certificate will be a guarantee that the information is secure. Normally a dedicated IP address is required to install an SSL, which will increase the cost to maintain your website. The additional cost may matter when you run a small online store, a non-profit organization or any other entity that does not generate a big profit, so to save you the funds, our cloud website hosting platform supports installing an SSL certificate on a shared server IP address, not a dedicated one.
Shared SSL IP in Website Hosting
You will be able to use this option with all of our website hosting packages and with any SSL certificate issued from any vendor. If you prefer to use an SSL from our company, everything will be set up automatically and you'll not have to do anything after you obtain and approve the certificate. The SSL order wizard will allow you to select a shared IP to be used and the SSL to be installed by our system, so using this feature requires a maximum of two additional mouse clicks after you fill the needed information for the certificate. The appropriate functioning of the SSL shall not be impacted in any way and any data which visitors submit on your website will be encrypted and protected in the very same way. The sole big difference from employing a dedicated address is that http:// won't open your site, but it is unlikely that anybody will ever attempt to access it that way rather than entering your domain in the browser URL bar.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Any SSL certificate can be used with our specially configured shared IPs, so if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you could use this option with just several mouse clicks when you install a certificate which you obtain through us or through another retailer. For the SSLs which we offer you are also able to take advantage of another function and have our system set everything up for you. This way the instant you approve the SSL, the shared IP shall be set for the specific domain or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action needed on your end, and so any information that visitors submit on your site shall be protected. The SSL shall do the job in the same exact way no matter if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the 1 thing that is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL inside a web browser will not open your website.