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Using a different server for SSL checkout?


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Hi guys,


Is it possible to spread the shopping site across two servers, one NON-ssl which handles all the adding to basket and has the database, and as soon as the user clicks "checkout" it transfers to a server that supports SSL (but which can't have a database)?


My hosting ISP has seperate servers for standard and ssl space. It's not possible to host the entire site on the SSL server as it doesn't support mysql databases.


Many thanks for any light you can shed on this.





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I think it is best to have the ssl and non-ssl hosts to be the logical same box, otherwise you would need to duplicate the oscommerce environment on another server. You could have the other server pointing back to the real database, but this would mean that you would have raw SQL traffic between the two servers ( unless you ssl this as well , which is a new ball game ), which would defeat the purpose. I must admit the idea has some merit since some hosting shops give you a free shared ssl certificate.



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