Shared 128 Bit SSL Certificate
What Is A Shared 128 Bit SSL Certificate?
If you are accepting credit card payments, or other sensitive customer data from your web site, then it is essential to have some form of data encryption between the web browser and your customer when they fill in their details.
The strongest data encryption publicly available is 128 bit Secure Socket Layer data encryption. We have two choices for providing this on your web site. A shared 128 bit SSL certificate, or your own dedicated 128 bit SSL certificate.
A shared 128 bit SSL certificate is the same as a regular 128 bit SSL certificate, except that it is shared amongst a no. of domain names. A dedicated 128 Bit SSL certificate is used by your domain name only.
Who Should Use A Shared 128 Bit SSL Certificate?
Shared SSL is ideal for web site owners who wish to collect credit card or other sensitive customer data in a secure, 128 bit encrypted environment, but who's web site is not busy enough to warrant purchasing their own dedicated SSL certificate.
What Are The Advantages Of Using Shared SSL?
The main advantage of using Shared SSL for your web site. is cost. We can provide shared 128 bit SSL for existing customers as an add-on for your existing web hosting plan for only $5.50 per month. A dedicated SSL certificate requires that you have a dedicated IP address for your domain name, in addition to purchasing your own SSL certificate. The cost of this works out to be around 4 times the price of Shared SSL.
The other advantage of Shared SSL is that we can have your Shared SSL certificate enabled within minutes of receiving your order. With a dedicated SSL certificate, verification of your business and other details are required before the certificate can be issued, which can sometimes take several days.
Are There Any Disadvantages Of Using Shared SSL?
The main disadvantage of using Shared SSL is that your customer will no longer have your own domain name in the Address bar of the web browser when they are transferred to Shared SSL.
Instead of having 'https://www.yourdomain.com', it will be a URL like 'https://www.128bitssl.com/~username'. Some customers may be reluctant to give their credit card details if they see this. Our own experience shows that this is not an issue with the vast majority of customers however.
Certain software (such as some shopping carts) may also not work correctly in a shared SSL environment, or there may need to be changes made to the software in order for it to function correctly.
Apart from this, there are no other real disadvantages. The encryption technology is the same, regardless of whether it is a Shared 128 bit SSL certificate, or your own dedicated SSL certificate.
Does My Web Site Have To Be Hosted With You To Use Shared SSL?
No, you can still use Shared SSL whether or not your main web site. is hosted with us. However there are incentives to having your main web site. hosted with us.
If your main web site. is hosted with us, the cost for Shared 128 bit SSL is only $5.50 per month, however if your main web site. is hosted with another party, then the cost is $11.00 per month. However this is still at least a 50% saving from having your own dedicated SSL certificate.
128 Bit SSL Certificate Comparison Chart
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*The monthly or yearly cost for Shared 128 bit SSL is for TrueBlueWeb hosting customers only. For customers who have their main web site hosted with another web hosting company, the cost is $11.00 per month with a $33.00 setup fee.