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16/12/2018  

 

Windows SSL

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 data.

Installing SSL
To install SSL on a Windows Virtual Server account click the 'Install SSL' link on your account control panel. There is an additional annual charge for SSL on a Windows virtual server, you will have the opportunity to review this charge before SSL is actually installed on your account.

Removing SSL
If SSL is no longer required on an account, you can remove it. 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. Note that the amount you paid to add SSL to this account will not be refunded and should you wish to add SSL to this account again in the future, you will need to pay the charge again.

Using SSL
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.

Path To Your Web Space
When your site is accessed via SSL, the full system path to your web space changes. We recommend that you use relative paths, in which case the following is irrelevant, however if you wish to use the full system path in any of your scripts, you will need to note the following in order for them to function when accessed over SSL. The path to your web space when accessed over SSL 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. 9, the path to it's web space when accessed over SSL would be:

\\server9\Home\j\o\joebloggs

You must substitute '9', 'j', 'o' and 'joebloggs' with your server number, the first and second letters of your account username, and your account username respectively.



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