Secure Socket Layer (SSL) allows a secure communication channel
to be set up between the server and your customer's browser. Once
this connection has been made, information, like credit card numbers,
can be exchanged with no chance of a third party intercepting the
If your account does not have SSL installed by default you should
upgrade to an account with this feature
To view your pages securely, see the SSL page to determine your
SSL site address. This site address functions just like any domain
name that is mapped to your account, being mapped to the root directory
of your web space. This means that there is no need for you to upload
your pages separately to a secure server.
To remove SSL from your account click the 'Remove SSL' link on the
SSL page. You will be asked to confirm the action before SSL is
actually removed from your account.
Path To Your Web Space
When your site is accessed via SSL, the full system path to your
web space changes. It is based on your account username and the
number of the web server your account is hosted on which you can
get from the Hosting Accounts page. For an account with the username
'joebloggs', hosted on Server No. 4, the path to it's web space
when accessed over SSL would be:
You must substitute '4', 'j', 'o' and 'joebloggs' with your server
number, the first and second letters of your HOSTING account name,
and your account username respectively.
Using mySQL with SSL
If you wish your secure pages to be able to access your mySQL database,
you must use the data base server host name 'serverX' in your secure
pages. Where X is the number of the web server your account is hosted
on, you can get this information from the Hosting Accounts page.
Using this hostname means that mySQL database connections will be
made across the network rather than through a local socket. Since
local sockets are much quicker and efficient, this special host
name should only be used in secure pages.
Notes On SSL
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.