Using Our SSL Certificate (Shared SSL)

Some of our plans offer Shared SSL certificate, you can use it instead of purchasing a certificate of your own. Unlike a regular SSL certificate, it costs less, does not require a dedicated IP, and belongs to an equally trusted Certificate Authority. The disadvantage of shared SSL is that it can be used only with third level domains.

Shared SSL requires that your site runs on a shared IP.

To secure your site with Shared SSL, do the following:


Select Domain info in the Domain Settings menu.


Click the Edit icon in the Web Service area.


Enable Shared SSL for the domain in the list. Select the "ON" icon to enable





Agree to charges, if any. You may need to "apply changes" for the server configuration at the top of the page.



If you are using a second level domain (, you will be asked to create a third level domain alias (e.g. domain alias.  This is located under WEB SERVICES in the control panel.



If you require your own certificate, please contact us for purchasing guidelines.

Now the site is available both at the non-secured second level domain name (e.g. and at the secured third level domain alias (e.g. Note that Shared SSL certificates work only within one domain level, i.e. for and not for In the example above, the certificate will not work for, and your visitors will get the warning: "The name on the security certificate does not match the name of the site".  Your published url for your secure site will be The "https" refers to the site being accessed through a secure port.

When designing your pages set any internal links to images or frames as <a href=' .jpg'> or simply <a href='/images/example.jpg'>. If you use the <a href='http://...> link, your visitors will get the message: "The page contains both secure and non-secure items". This isn't much of a problem in terms of security, since visitors may simply choose the "do not display non-secure items" option, but no graphics will be displayed. You can change the images to a secure image folder under this same directory to eliminate the pop-up messages for your customer.