Step 1 Important Things You Should Know Before purchase SSL

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.

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