(The Hosting News) – Encrypted data is critical for online businesses. Yet a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) has been both difficult and costly with traditional cloud providers due to changing IP addresses and complex load balancing. Pagoda Box Cloud Hosting changes all that.
A simple dashboard now guides users through 4 ways to add SSL to PHP apps:
1. Piggyback SSL
2. Self-Signed SSL
3. Third-Party SSL
4. Wildcard SSL Certs
Piggy Back SSL
Every Pagoda Box app automatically ‘piggy-backs’ our SSL via subdomains (ex: appname.pagodabox.com). No setup, custom domain or payment is required, which makes Piggy Back SSL ideal for developing or testing projects that need data encryption.
Wildcard Certs assigned to a root level DNS alias (domain.com) implicitly cover all subdomains like store.domain.com or blog.domain.com. Adding subdomains requires no additional configuration or effort. Web developers generate and implement Wildcard Certs exactly like Third-Party certs. Existing SSL Certificates are easily transferred from previous hosts.
Pagoda Box guides users through creating Third-Party SSL certificates from scratch, or transferring existing certificates from other hosts. Pagoda Box will generate a request to submit to an SSL provider such as Verisign, Digicert, or Thawte, who then supplies a Signed Certificate and a Certificate Authority. Paste these into corresponding fields in the dashboard, and assign to DNS Aliases through a simple dropdown.
This type of SSL is extremely simple to create on Pagoda Box, where onscreen instructions guide web developers through Self-Signed SSL creation. Self-Signed SSL certs securely encrypt data through HTTPS protocol, although they are not recognized by a Certificate Authority.
DNS Aliases: Point A-Records to a Unique IP
The last DNS / SSL feature from Pagoda Box simplifies changing an A-Record to point to a unique IP address. Once created, developers assign cloud SSL certificates to DNS Aliases through a simple dropdown list. Each alias with SSL receives a dedicated IP that remains unchanged, even as applications scale or migrate on Pagoda Box.
To learn more about DNS / SSL for PHP, see http://help.pagodabox.com/customer/portal/articles/175458-adding-ssl.
About Pagoda Box, Inc.
Pagoda Box provides fully scalable php hosting for web developers, eliminating their need to configure or administrate servers. The Pagoda Box “object-oriented hosting framework” streamlines web development workflows with rapid deployment and simple ongoing management.
The Pagoda Box team began as a high-availability e-commerce implementation firm specialized in hosting infrastructures and deployment. In October, 2011, Pagoda Box launched a cloud PaaS to help web developers launch and manage complex cloud infrastructures without specialized training.