SSL Requires a Dedicated IP Address
A private SSL certificate requires its own dedicated IP address. A Dedicated IP is included in our Business Hosting Essential and Advance Plan. For all other packages, the price of a dedicated IP address is $8 per month. When ordering an SSL certificate, a dedicated IP address will be added to your account automatically unless it already has one.
Changing to a Dedicated IP Address Requires Time to Propagate
When switching to a dedicated IP, the IP address of your website will change, and the DNS will subsequently need to propagate (update) worldwide, which requires approximately 4 to 8 hours.
This means that some visitors will be able to view your website at the new IP address immediately, while others will not be able to see it for up to 8 hours after the change to a dedicated IP address. Planning ahead can minimize the impact. For example, we don't recommend switching to a dedicated IP address when you are in the middle of a promotion or advertising campaign.
SSL Certificates Are Issued on an Annual Basis
SSL Certificates are usually purchased with a 1-year expiration date, although multi-year SSL certificates are also available by contacting our Billing team. Before a certificate expires, you will need to purchase a new SSL certificate with a new expiration date.
Despite sometimes being referred to as renewing an SSL certificate, technically you are purchasing a new certificate with a new expiration date. Although typically we are able to process SSL Certificate orders within 24 hours, due to the potentiality for complications, we recommend that you purchase a new SSL certificate at least one week prior to the expiration of your current SSL certificate.