What are SSL and Digital Certificates?

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a protocol developed by Netscape in 1996 which quickly became the method of choice for securing data transmissions across the Internet. SSL is an integral part of most web browsers and web servers, and it makes use of the public-and-private key encryption system developed by Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman.

In order to make an SSL connection, the SSL protocol requires the server to have a digital certificate installed. A digital certificate is an electronic file that uniquely identifies individuals and servers. Digital certificates serve as a kind of digital passport or credential which authenticates the server prior to establishing the SSL session.

It’s all about the padlock

Many internet users now recognise the padlock in their browser and look for this prior to filling in personal details on a website. If there’s no padlock, chances are you’re losing sales. When you install an SSL certificate and activate it on your website, your users will see the padlock and feel reassured that it is safer to enter their details. This leads to more conversions, fewer abandoned carts and can even benefit your search engine results page ranking.

Which SSL should I choose?

There are hundreds of SSL certificates to choose from, but we offer 4 types of SSLs issued through our Certificate Authority partner Trustwave®.

The Standard SSL certificate is by far our least expensive and quickest to issue, which should suit most websites. The Premium SSL certificate validates your organization’s identity and includes it in the certificate so your visitors can have more confidence in your website. The Wildcard SSL certificate is similar to the Premium except it can also be used for unlimited subdomains of your domain name. The EV (Extended Validation) SSL certificate comes with the highest level of validation for your company, which your customers will recognize by seeing your organization’s name in green in the address bar when visiting your website.

Standard SSL


£24 + VAT/year!

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Value


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Premium SSL


£74 + VAT/year!

Organization
Validation


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Wildcard SSL


£142 + VAT/year!

Unlimited
Subdomains


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EV SSL


£249 + VAT/year!

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E-Commerce


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Spotlight Features

Padlock in Address Baryesyesyesyes
Organization Name in Address Baryesyesyesyes
Authentication MethodDomain ValidationOrganization ValidationOrganization ValidationExtended Organization Validation
SSL EncryptionSHA-256 encryption
2048-bit root
SHA-256 encryption
2048-bit root
SHA-256 encryption
2048-bit root
SHA-256 encryption
2048-bit root
Domains SecuredSingleSingleSingle & Unlimited SubdomainsSingle
Estimated Issuance24 hours48 Hours48 Hours2-3 weeks
Trusted Commerce® Site SealSample Trustwave® Trusted Commerce® Site SealSample Trustwave® Trusted Commerce® Site SealSample Trustwave® Trusted Commerce® Site SealSample Trustwave® Trusted Commerce® Site Seal
Mobile Device Compatibilityyesyesyesyes
99+% Browser Compatibilityyesyesyesyes
Warranty$10K$100K$100K$250K
Free Customer Supportyesyesyesyes
Purchase Price£24 + VAT

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