SSL is no longer a buzzword and if you don't have a certificate yet, it's time to learn about it and make sure your websites have SSL encryption. Make sure your web pages are loading with the Padlock next to your URL.
An SSL certificate does a lot more than add the Padlock that you see in your web browser. An SSL certificate takes any data entered in forms (logins, email contact forms, shopping cart checkout, payment info, etc) and encrypts the data prior to processing it.
You have likely noticed that all browsers (desktop, tablet and mobile) are all displaying a 'not secure' notification to you when you visit a website that does not have a valid SSL certificate.
Although no search engine ranking signals are made public, it has been noted several times that search engines are placing additional emphasis to rank sites higher that use the HTTPS protocol.
Domain Validation (DV)
Domain Validation is the quickest way to get a certificate issued. The only verification required is control of your domain and the certificate can be issued within minutes.
Organization Validation (OV)
Organization Validation requires a little bit more work than the Domain Validated certificates. In addition to verifying ownership of your domain, you will also need to be able to provide a business document (utility bill or similar).
Extended Validation (EV)
EV certificates provide the 'Green Address Bar' in web browsers and require the most validation. In addition to proving ownership of your domain and providing business documents, Sectigo or Geotrust will also be calling you to verify your phone number.
Any of our listed certificates that do not say Wildcard will cover 1 FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) or 1 subdomain. If you are looking to secure subfolders (ie., yourdomain.com/folder), this type of certificate will work for you.
Wildcard certificates are only needed when you need to secure subdomains (ie., subdomain.yourdomain.com). These certificates are a little bit more expensive and none are offered with the EV (Green Address Bar) validation.
Essential SSL is the most economical and easiest to issue certificate. Essential SSL can be issued and installed on your server within 10 minutes and it's perfect for all information and small ecommerce websites. This certificate is great for securing a single domain name.
$28 - 1 Year
$49 - 2 Years