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Sun Microsystems is the #1 server manufacturer in the world. The reason? Reliability, dependability and scalability. All MMA accounts are hosted Sun Sparc machines with the Solaris operating system.


eXtensible Markup Language (XML) helps separate content from appearance, making it easier to update design and data independtly. The result can be a time-savings when it comes to maintaining large, data-intensive sites.

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Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Encryption

1) What is SSL encryption?

As a feature of our Commerce and Enterprise accounts, MMA offers secure socket layer (SSL), frequently referred to as Secure Server encryption. This allows a capable browsers to communicate with your hosting in a secure SSL encrypted session. It is often used to securely transfer credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

2) What is the cost for this feature?

The cost for using the secure server is included in the monthly fee for these accounts. However, to use SSL without a browser warning, your company will need to purchase a certificate from a certificate signing authority such as
Verisign or Thawte.

3) Can I order encryption after my server has been setup?

SSL can be added at any time to a hosting account.

4) How long does it take to setup encryption?

SSL requires processing of a digital certificate for your company issued by Verisign. Currently, Verisign requires approximately four weeks for processing of new certificates while Thawte typically takes one week.

5) What additional information will MMA need to setup encryption?

To add encryption MMA needs to know the domain name associated with the hosting account as well as the company name, city and state. You will need to provide directly to your chosen Certificate Authority the additional documentation they require for ordering the digital certificate.

6) What does a digital certificate do?

A server uses a digital certificate to prove its authenticity. The digital certificate established a legal relationship between a legitimate company and their web site. For example, if you go to Novell's web page and decrypt their digital certificate it legally proves that this web site is authorized by Novell (or whoever's name is actually in the digital certificate).

7) What information will I need to provide to the Certificate Authority to get a certificate?

In order to purchase a certificate you must provide to the Certificate Authority a signed copy of either a business license or articles of incorporation. You must also supply a signed letter stating your business' right to use the domain name for which you are registering. The cost for a certificate varies depending on the chosen authority. For more information visit
Thawte or Verisign.

8) What if I want additional licenses/certificates for other web sites I support?

Only one certificate is supported per domain name and that certificate can only be used with your own domain. If you wish to purchase SSL service for other domains, you may add it to those accounts separately.

9) How do I order a digital certificate?

In order to avoid potential problems it is best to coordinate ordering certificates with MMA. Requests should be sent to
ssl@mmaweb.net for processing. Certificate processing takes a minimum of 5 days. Please allow plenty of time for obtaining and installing your certificate

10) How do I activate SSL?

Once your certificate request has been processed and your certificate is installed, to access your site via SSL, simply change the URL to read https instead of http.


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