There are things called Wildcards certificates, when you purchase that you are able to offer SSL to multiple users by giving them access to a secure URL. The problem with that is that not all users will have their own domain secured. More info here: http://www.geotrust.com/products/ssl.../wildcards.asp
There are many ways to do a shared ssl from https://server.host.com/~account/ as most CPanel hosts do it (I think) to the third level shared ssl of https://account.host.com/ which is done by hsphere and couple others. The third level version is by far the best (in my opinion) as it's simple and uses your document root instead of the server's document, but it also requires the host to get a wildcard ssl.
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I was wondering how do hosts offer an SSL service?
I heard they purchase a "shared" SSL account and therefore can operate SSLs off of it for multiple domains?
I'm just curious as I wish to purchase some, but not sure whether I should do it through my host or buy my own licenses.
You purchase a certificate and recieve a key from a provider like thawte. Then you use that key for that particular domain you purchased it for. Many provider give you a control panel like cPanel to put the key into and enable SSL.
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