To help you pick the right SSL certificate, let's review the three main levels of authentication available.
The most simple way to get certified. Ideal for personal sites, blogs and such. You will get the security lock in the address bar and it will improve SEO ranking. Our hosting packages include some form of this SSL certificate.
It takes some time to get this level of validation, because authentication is done manually. Good option for online shops and any other site with registration feature or any other form of personal information exchange.
Top level of authentication, which requires extensive vetting from the Certificate Authority. Best option for businesses. Proven to increase sales conversion, with green address bar status in all browsers.
Here are just some of the reasons why your website should have an SSL certificate.
More than ever, trust is a very important online issue that we all deal with, especially when it comes to e-commerce. A trustworthy relationship with your online customers starts with simple validation, which shows users exactly who they're dealing with. Knowing that your website protects their valuable personal information helps you gain trust and as you can probably imagine - that's good for business.
If your website is SSL certified, it gets extra points from Google and ranks higher than your competitors. In order to take full advantage of this, you have to make sure that all pages on your site have SSL enabled. So, make sure that your SSL certificate is installed and configured properly. If you have multiple sites or multiple subdomains, you also have to make sure you pick the right certificate to begin with to cover everything.
Multiple consumer behavior studies indicate that SSL encryption on an e-commerce website influences shoppers' decision on buying a product or completely abandoning the website. Moreover, ALL of the shoppers notice the green address bar on websites which have Extended Validation and it actually helps increase sales. With Extended Validation being the most expensive option, these studies prove that in most cases with increased sales, this option practically pays for itself.
Cybercrime today takes many forms and affects all types of business online. Customer information stolen from your website is the last thing any business wants to deal with. With social networking today, bad reputation spreads like fire and brands with cybercrime issues take massive losses. SSL encryption helps prevent small cybercrime issues and protect your customers valuable information.
In order to accept credit card payments, your e-commerce website must be PCI compliant. Having a valid SSL certificate is just one of the requirements. Make sure you check the requirement to find out that type of SSL certificate you need and purchase it before you start the compliance process to avoid any procedural delays.
Contrary to popular myths, websites with SSL load faster than those without it. Not only your customers will benefit from faster load times, it also helps with SEO ranking, because websites that load faster also get bonus points from Google.
Online security is ever evolving, so is SSL. SSL is being upgraded to Transport Layer Security (TLS). It's faster, has better verification processes and new encryption algorithms. When you're ready, you will just need to upgrade your certificate and not go through the whole process from scratch.
We can help you buy, configure and install one of these certificates. All you have to do is choose one
GeoTrust is a digital certificate provider with resources and tools to manage TLS/SSL certificates through the entire certificate lifecycle. Their world-class SSL Certificates offer fast-delivery at a cost-effective price and include a range of DigiCert, Norton and GeoTrust True Site Seals.
As a leading global certificate authority, Thawte provides online security trusted by millions around the world, including expert support, robust authentication practices.
At DigiCert, finding a better way to secure the internet is a concept that goes all the way back to company roots. That’s why their certificates are trusted everywhere, millions of times every day, by companies across the globe. It’s why they will continue to lead the industry toward a more innovative and secure future.
As the world's largest commercial Certificate Authority with more than 700,000 customers and over 20 years of experience in online trust, Sectigo partners with organizations of all sizes to deliver automated public and private PKI solutions for securing webservers, user access, connected devices, and applications.
We understand, it’s hard to pick from such a big list of different options. We are more than happy to help out and make sure you get the right certificate for your needs. Our representative will respond within 24 hours.
WIn short, it's a security feature for your website, which helps your visitors and customers know that private information they share with you is protected. There are three basic levels of security and each level also has different features you might want to take advantage of.
Technically, you can run a website without a certificate, accept online payments via PayPal or similar service and not worry about security. But, Google has announced that they will give better ranking to websites with SSL and websites which don't have one will appear as "Not Secure" in Chrome browser. We recommend that you at least implement a free version right away, which is included with all of our hosting packages.
Read about the validation levels above, that should give you a good start. If you must have a certificate, because it's a requirement, usually the requirement indicates which level of security you should have. If you're still unsure, please don't hesitate to contact us our sales team will help you out.
Once you've purchased a certificate, you can install it directly from your cPanel. This is a process which has to be done right, otherwise your certificate will not work properly. There are quite a few tutorials on YouTube, which will explain the process and our tech support team can also help you with installation.