SSL Requires a Dedicated IP Address
A private SSL certificate requires its own dedicated IP address. You can add a dedicated IP to your hosting plan at any time, the price of a dedicated IP address is £2.50 per month. When ordering an SSL certificate, a dedicated IP address will not be added automatically to your account as you may ube using the certificate elsewhere.
If you plan to use your SSL Certificate with a hosting plan you hold with MediaBlaze Hosts then you will need to request this addon via your account dashboard.
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.
Only One SSL certificate per cPanel Account
On all of our accounts that utilize cPanel, there is a technical limitation of one SSL certificate and one dedicated IP per cPanel. If you would like to have more than one SSL certificate (for a different domain or subdomain), you will need to create another cPanel account.
More Than One Secured Domain Per Certificate Allowed
Although there is a limit to the number of SSL Certificates per individual cPanel, it is possible to have more than one secured domain name or subdomain incorporated into a single SSL Certificate. This is achieved by purchasing a multi-domain SSL certificate or a wildcard SSL certificate, Although more expensive than a regular, single-domain private SSL, you are able to have all the secured domains and subdomains within a single account. They all can share the same dedicated IP address, which saves both the cost of maintaining separate accounts and purchasing more than one dedicated IP.
To order a Multi-Domain SSL or Wildcard SSL, please call us to discuss your requirements.
SSL Certificates Are Issued on an Annual Basis
SSL Certificates are usually purchased with a 1-year expiration date, although we do offer 2 and 3 year expiration date certificates. Before a certificate expires, you will need to renew or 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.