Why does bluehost not allow multiple SSL per account?
Just wondering, because when I asked bluehost support via chat/ticket they never gave me a straight answer, and I don't want to keep asking them the same question if they are just going to give the same answer. They just kept insisting that you can only have one SSL cert per account, and that it needs to be the main account. I had to have them make one of my addon domains my primary domain for my first account because of this issue. Right now this isn't exactly a deal breaker for me that I need to setup a separate account for sites that need certs, but I am in talks with multiple clients about launching ecommerce sites for them. If things go well and word of mouth spreads this may lead to a lot of ecommerce business. I understand that I would need to purchase 1 cert for 1 domain, so if I had 5 stores I would need 5 certs. I am not trying to share 1 cert across multiple domains like I have seen others here post. I would really just prefer to have all of the domains that I manage be under one account, so that management and tasks like backups are easier. Also, this makes it a pain if one of my current clients who does not need a ssl cert currently, decides later on that they need one. I would then need to introduce downtime to move them onto another server just to fit with this policy. I know I can give the client a bs reason for the downtime, but I really try to avoid it when possible.
Is this a technical limitation of bluehost's system, or just a bluehost policy imposed limitation? If it is just a policy maybe I can find a way to work out a deal for maybe more money, and if it is a technical limitation does anyone know any hacks to get around it? Again, money isn't really a huge issue as my clients pay me for my hosting which I obviously mark up, but if business really gets booming and I start managing 50+ websites I can see where this could become a big website management issue.
Again I am just wondering because so far my experience with bluehost has been good, but resolving this issue would make it excellent. Otherwise, I am wondering if I should start considering other hosting options later on as my company and clientele grow. I would hate to move to another host as I really like bluehost and the support community in these forums. But, I was under the impression from my initial dealings with the sales people that got me to use bluehost that I could manage all of my domains with one account. I guess I neglected to think about the ssl issue, which has a potential to become a deal breaker later on, but for now I can live with it. Any thoughts?
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