What is SSL? Text Tutorial

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is an emerging standard developed by Netscape Communications to transfer information securely across the Internet. SSL will enable your customer's browser to connect to your web site and transparently negotiate a secure communication channel. Once this connection has been made, information, like credit card numbers, can be exchanged securely.

Please note that SSL does not include software to process credit card transactions. Although you can securely receive credit card information through SSL, actual processing of the credit card will require a "Merchant Account" from an accredited financial institution.

To install a SSL you will first need a dedicated IP issued to you by an admin. Dedicated IPs are $50 a year or $5.00 a month available on the personal and the business package and free with the Advanced plan. Dedicated IPs are required for SSL installations because you must separate your account from the rest of the server or other users could potentially use your SSL. We offer SSL verified by GeoTrust for $59.95 or you can purchase a SSL from a 3rd party and we can install it for you for $19.95 and $9.95 each year after for the renewal of the SSL.

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