Tripod / iPage ... Do either support PHP?

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Quick question... Tripod / iPage ... Do either support PHP? Looking forward for any answer or 2. 2nd question I got is.. I have just searches the iPage site and google about these two but still did not decide for myself what is better...Does anyone use shared SSL?Why is it more recommended to use private one if you are running an online business? I found many similar topics to mine here but still I cound not see clear answer why shared SSL is not good. And if I will buy private then which one is better?There are hips of them out there...Hmmm..

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Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you an answer..

Comment #1

Thanks for your answer,.

Then I guess I will need a private one...IS 256-bit encryption good ?Is Name in Seal (like Organization & iPage domain Name or just iPage domain Name ) important? Is it important to have iPage site Seal also or Certificate only is enough?..

Comment #2

256-bit encryption is great..

And I believe everyone that provides SSL also provides some sort of logo for you to put on your iPage site to show it's SSL enabled..

And it is wise to show that logo (or seal) just to let your customers (and potential customers) know you are concerned about their privacy and security, and you've taken the extra step to help insure privacy and security...

Comment #3

Thank you one more time, Jim,.

Yes it is better to have the sseal displayed but they charge extra 100 $ for that...What if I just put myself an image of such seal on my iPage site together with their SSL protection will it be illegal? It is a bit funny to pay for the image...There hips of SSLs and I am realy not sure about whether I should take just basic SSL cover or professional.....

Comment #4

Not all ssl certificate issuers are recognized by all browsers. Stick to a big name and you'll be fine. Thawte and Verisign are probably the most well known. Geotrust RapidSSL is supposed to be a good balance of inexpensive and well known. Godaddy is very cheap and I've heard that not everyone accepts them. Either way, I'd go out of my way to avoid giving them any money..

Shared SSLs work just fine but you have to use their name (.




Or something similar). For $100 (give or take) it looks better to have.


On the certificate...

Comment #5

If you have to pay an extra $100 just to show the seal, you have the wrong SSL provider, IMHO.

There are cheaper alternatives..

And like I said, as long as the lock appears in the browser, everything else is just "fluff" to the average surfer...

Comment #6

I started to understand now:-)Thanks to your answers and looking for some info in Goggle...It is definately better to pay 100$ more and your name in the browser. I was just thinkin to buy Geotrust RapidSSL...But it is written it is good for shops that get around 50 transactions a week and under 50 $ each...I am not getting that many, nothing at all now so I guess it would be good solution for me.....

Comment #7

The only difference is, usually, the name of the url. With shared ssl's, you have to use the name the host assigns to the server. Some shop owners consider this unprofesional but I know of many sucessful sites that use a shared ssl so I don't think it matters. All the majority of web surfers care about, or even know about for that matter, is that the url switches to https and a lock is displayed in the browser. As long as the cert will do that, which they all do, that is all you need. Paying for a 256 bit cert is just throwing money away.

They won't have graphics like a Commodo or some of the more expensive certs but, again, that is just something for your enjoyment. They do offer iPage site seals though. No matter what you choose, remember that it won't make any difference to your average visitor. I suggest starting with the shared ssl and see how that works for you. You can change to a private one at any time..


Comment #8

If you looking to spend little money, and get the seal, go to, they arer part of comodo and it's 40 bucks for a 5 year cert. it's 128/256, and includes the seal. I just got one myself...

Comment #9

And if shared SSL doesn't work for you I promise not to laugh and say "I told you so"..

Regardless of what Jack or anyone else may tell you, there are cases I've seen where it was next to impossible to get it to work..

I don't know if it was a server problem, an install problem, a user problem, or some combination thereof..

All I know is it was a b*tch..

Fortunately, this only occurs on a small number of installs, so if you do try shared SSL the odds are in your favor...

Comment #10

Well, I will not try shared SSL, I will go for the Private one:-).

Which SSL did you buy from,Kevin? Positive or Instatnt? well, price looks definetely good to me...

Comment #11

I have installed shared ssl on my shop without any problems. It also depends on what contributions you are using..

Regarding the topic starters question:.

Having a shared SSL Cert isnt bad, the only real difference your customer may see is the when they enter a secure area on the shop the url will change...

Comment #12

Thats right Allison, always it good to go with the thing that makes the customer feel secure. You can always go for a shared SSL but purchasing a private SSL has it's advantages like the browser not displaying the names of the iPage hosting company and your iPage domain name comes in the browser. RapidSSL has good choices of packages for the thought, as well there is Verisign that also has some good packages. You can check out the competitive rates for trusted SSL providers for a good bargain..

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Jan Zonjee.

: 29 January 2009, 21:58..

Comment #13

I wouldn't recommend using that iPage site as a referene for pricing. Both godaddy and namecheap have ssl's for $15. There's just no reason to pay two to many times that for a cert..


Comment #14

So what! .... Jack, I think that having a multiple choice is a much better option than something less...

Comment #15

Is it really multiple choices when the other choices start at over double the price and go up from there? SSL's are really just for show, for the most part, so there simply isn't a reason to spend more than necessary on one. But if someone wants multiple choices, they can find that.



Comment #16

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.