SSL, which is an acronym for Secure Sockets Layer, is a security protocol which encrypts the data that customers submit on a website. If they type in a username and a password on a login page or they buy services and products online and they type in their credit card details, the data will be exchanged with the hosting server in an encrypted form, so an unauthorized third-party will not be able to see it. An SSL certificate will increase the security of your site and shall make it more appealing to customers, but in addition to the cost for the SSL, you must spend more funds for a dedicated IP address, that's normally required for the SSL installation. If you manage a modest e-commerce portal and your budget is tight or you are a part of a non-profit organization and you can find far better use for the money, you could avoid the additional expense by taking advantage of our services since our cloud website hosting platform supports SSL certificates not only on a dedicated IP address, but also on a shared one.
Shared SSL IP in Cloud Hosting
You will be able to use this option with all our cloud hosting packages and with any SSL certificate issued from any dealer. If you decide to work with an SSL from our company, everything will be arrange automatically and you will not have to do anything after you purchase and approve the certificate. The SSL order wizard will allow you to select a shared IP address to be used and the SSL to be set up by our system, so using this function requires only 2 additional clicks after you fill the required information for the certificate. The adequate operation of the SSL won't be affected in any way and any information that site visitors submit on your website will be encrypted and secured in the exact same way. The sole difference from employing a dedicated address is that http:// won't open your site, but it is extremely unlikely that anyone will ever seek to access it that way instead of inputting your domain name inside the web browser URL bar.
Shared SSL IP in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Any SSL certificate can be used with our specially set up shared IPs, thus if you have a semi-dedicated hosting account, you can use this option with only several mouse clicks when you install a certificate you obtain through us or through some other vendor. For the SSLs that we offer you are also able to take advantage of another function and have our system set everything up for you. In this way as soon as you approve the SSL, the shared IP address will be set for the given domain name or subdomain and the certificate will be installed without any action expected on your end, and so any info that site visitors submit on your site shall be secure. The SSL will work in the same exact way regardless if it's set on a shared or a dedicated IP address and the only thing that is different between the two setups is that typing the shared IP as a URL within a browser will not open your website.