Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a web app set up that needs the following SSL encryption: -> SSL -> SSL -> SSL

If I'm correct, I could run one SSL certificate for my whole* pages. The problem is that I have a subdomain called that either needs to be on a separate IP address to work with SSL.

Right now I have one server, one public IP and a number of Virtual Hosts in apache to make this work.

I'd rather not buy an expensive Wildcard SSL certificate to secure just one subdomain. What is your advice on this? If it IS the only solution any tips on getting a price worthy wildcard SSL cert is appreciated.

I have read about SNI that allows the use of multiple SSL certs, but not all browsers (IE6!) support this. Since we are building a web app for the public, we cannot have IE6 to run on unencrypted connections.

Thanks for you help

share|improve this question
possible duplicate of SSL certificate selection based on host-header: is it possible? – Warner Jul 27 '10 at 14:02

You could use UCC certificate, which can hold a number of domains rather than just 1 or n.

Costs about 100 dollars, I know GoDaddy sells them:

share|improve this answer
what's the compatibility compared to SNI? – solsol Jul 27 '10 at 9:23
It think it is the same, from what I'm reading now. More info here: – tore- Jul 27 '10 at 9:36
the same would suck as SNI doesn't support IE6+IE7 on XP correctly. Will look in to it more! – solsol Jul 27 '10 at 10:16
I would recommend sending an mail to Go Daddy and just ask :) – tore- Jul 28 '10 at 12:39

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.