Multiple apps over ssl and subdomains


#1

It seems as though if I wanted to install multiple apps (a ruby on rails app and a wiki) over ssl using subdomains, then I would need to pay for a separate ssl subdomain for each app:

https://app1.mydomain.com
https://app2.mydomain.com

Do I have that right? Would I have the ability to run more than one app over ssl if I don’t use subdomains and set them up like this:

https://mydomain.com/app1
https://mydomain.com/app2

? I think that would mean I couldn’t use passenger in this scenario, since it seems to take over the whole domain or subdomain.

Stephen


#2

Yes and Yes.

Dreamhost don’t support Wildcard SSL Certificates (which is what you need to have a single cert handle multiple subdomains).

Wilcard certs are somewhere on the other side of “cheap” and require that you run a gamut of bureaucratic red tape for the most part. This aforementioned red tape may, or may not, compromise of sending in dental x-rays no less than 12 months old, blood types of all relatives up to and including 4th cousins twice removed and, if you happen to live in the USofA, a visit from some moonlighting TSA guys for a thorough ‘How’s Yer Mother?’.

Unique IPs are ~ $3/month, DH SSL cert ~ $15/year.


#3

If you don’t need a verified certificate you can save the $15.00 year for each domain by following option 4 on this page: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Secure_Hosting You will still need a dedicated IP for each sub-domain tho.

The free class 1 certificate is fine if you just require protection of privacy and prevention of eavesdropping, but it really wouldn’t be suitable for an e-commerce site.