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basic shared SSL clarification for newbie?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by insertsitehere, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. insertsitehere

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    *everyone groans*
    Yup, I know, lots of discussion here already. But I want to be sure I understand the basics. I've never needed to use it personally, but am now reselling hosting. My upstream provider offers Shared SSL, which I can also share with my customers. The URL would be:

    https://secure.myprovidersname.com/ ~mycustomersCPanelUsername /file.shtml

    Fundamental questions follow:
    (1) My customer uploads the file he wants secure via FTP to a directory of his choosing on his site like always, but then sends his users to the pages he wants to appear secure by simply hardcoding any links to those file(s) to go through the above URL?
    (2) So, the same page would also appear UNsecure by going to:
    http://CustomersURL.com/file.shtml -- ?
    (3) I notice that absolute (/directory/file.ext) links don't work viewed within the https: path, but only relatives (../directory/file.ext) do? So any pages needing to appear secure ought not to use SSI (for instance) that otherwise use absolute links?
    (4) Now the world knows that customer's cPanel UserName? (although, of course, they'd have to know that's how the string works) So the customer better not have chosen an embarrassing or inappropriate username :D ?
    (5) Lastly, if I want, I can buy my own SSL, install it under my domain, and then offer my customers shared SSL through:
    https://secure.mydomain.com/ ~mycustomersCPanelUsername /file.shtml ?

    Am I understanding all of the above correctlly?

    Thanks in advance, and thanks for your patience...

    InsertSiteHere
     
  2. fwwebs

    fwwebs Well-Known Member

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    Yes. All your answers are on the mark. When you get your own SSL cert you will need a dedicated IP address. You may already know this though, since it seems that you have a good grasp of the shared SSL.
     
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    thanks!

    Much appreciated. I'm wrapping my brain around it, slowly. :confused:

    Thanks for the clarification...

    InsertSiteHere
     
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