Earn Your Customers Trust with SSL Website Security
Have you ever noticed the lock icon in the top left corner of a website next to the URL? That little lock means that the website has a secure connection and an SSL certificate. Customers recognize that little lock icon and are more likely to share their information with you knowing that it's safe and secure. What's even better is that your own business data is protected as well! See what else SSL website security can do for you:
Mask data from unauthorized sources
Make personal data unreadable using 256-bit encryption
Necessary for eCommerce and transactional websites
Search engines like Google favor secure websites with SSL
SSL certificates are all guaranteed with a warranty
A variety of SSL certificates to serve small business needs
How Much Does SSL Website Security Cost?
There are many different types of SSL certificates to accomodate different small business website security needs. See which package makes sense for you below:
To speak to a customer service representative about your SSL website security needs call 1-800-932-4678
Questions About SSL Website Security
From validation to multiple subdomains, read on to learn about how to protect all the critical areas of your website using SSL certificates.
What is an SSL Certificate?
An SSL Certificate is the electronic counterpart to a passport or a driver's license. It is a digital certificate you install on the server that hosts your website. SSL Certificates have two primary functions:
- To authenticate the identity of your website to visiting browsers and your identity or business to the visiting customer, and
- To "encrypt" - or protect - private information that's exchanged on your site, such as credit card numbers or customer account information.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, which is the technology used to protect private information on your site.
Why do I need an SSL Certificate?
In today's environment, online customers are more wary than ever of Internet fraud, identity theft and "phishing" schemes. Installing the proper security and validation for your site is essential to gaining your customers' trust, and for letting potential customers know your site is a secure place where they can exchange confidential information, purchase products and services and complete secure transactions.
How will customers know my site is secure?
When you have an SSL Certificate installed on your server, your site will display three instantly recognizable symbols that let customers know your site is secure:
- A padlock symbol that appears in their web browser when your site is opened.
- The "https" prefix in front of your URL address in the browser.
- A Web.com Site Seal that appears on your website.
When you install an Extended Validation certificate, the browser bar on newer versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox will appear green whenever your site is opened, indicating that your site has the highest level of validation available.
Which certificate is right for me?
Essential: Recommended for personal websites, blogs or forums that need basic encryption and have no transactions.
Premium: Recommended for eCommerce websites with ~50-250 transactions per month, as well as medium sized businesses.
Wildcard: Recommended for customers who require encryption on a subdomain. A subdomain is part of a root domain and is typically separated by a "." in the URL.
Extended Validation: Recommended for businesses that require the highest level of website security, only certain businesses qualify.
Unified Communications Certificate (UCC): This multi-domain SSL is best suited for a customer that owns or managed multiple websites. This certificate allows for easy management of expiration and renewals, plus bulk pricing savings for a customer with 3 up to 99 domains. It is available by calling (800) 932-4678.
What is Validation?
Validation is the process of having your domain and business or individual identity authenticated by a Certificate Authority. It's similar to a Driver's License, or any official document that provides you with proof of your identity and credentials. Once your Certificate is installed on your server, customers can view your authenticated information by clicking on the padlock symbol in the browser or on the Web.com Site Seal - this will automatically display your qualifications to the public, similar to how professionals hang framed copies of licenses, degrees and other credentialing documents on their office walls.
How long does it take to get validated?
The following are approximate processing times for validation and issuance of SSL Certificates:
Essential SSL Certificate (Domain ownership validation): In most cases instant validation.
Premium SSL Certificate (Domain and Business and/or individual validation): 1 business day. Validation times can vary depending on the documents you provided.
Extended Validation SSL Certificate: 4-5 business days. Validation times largely depend on the documentation provided by the customer.
What is Extended Validation?
Extended Validation is the highest level of validation any business can receive. A unique benefit of an Extended Validation (EV) Certificate is that it turns the browser bar green whenever your site is opened in newer versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox - giving your visitors an instant visual indication that your site has the highest level of assurance.
The EV application is more extensive than other certificates. For this reason it has a slightly longer validation time. The following types of entities may qualify for Extended Validation:
- Corporation/Limited Liability Company
- Sole Proprietorship/Unincorporated Business
- Government Organization
- NGO/International Treaty Organization
What is Automatic Installation?
If you've purchased one of our new hosting packages after 5/30/18 and your domain name is registered with Web.com, you have the option to install most of our SSL certificates with just a few mouse clicks. This will greatly facilitate the installation process - and is something that few other SSL providers can offer.
Automatic installation applies to all certificates for which you've had us create a Certificate Signing Request during set up - with the exception of Wildcard SSL Certificates, which do not offer the automatic install option.
What are subdomains?
A subdomain is part of a root domain and is typically separated by a "." in the URL. Subdomains allows website owners to create new areas of their website for users, separate from their main website. For example, eCommerce websites could create a subdomain for the checkout area of their website. The subdomain might look something like: checkout.yourwebsite.com. By putting the checkout section of a website on a subdomain, website owners could buy a separate SSL certificate with added security for that section only. If you have multiple subdomains, buy an SSL certificate that accomodates your situation.
What is encryption?
Encryption is the technical process behind SSL Certificates that allows data to be transmitted securely over computer networks. It essentially masks data so that unauthorized sources are unable to read or intercept it. All Web.com SSL Certificates offer up to 256-bit encryption - the highest standard in the industry.
Do SSL Certificates have a warranty?
All Web.com SSL certificates come with a warranty. You can be 100% sure that you and your customers are protected on your website. The warranty is different for each SSL website security package. The amount represents the maximum site visitors could receive in compensation for a loss. Here is a list of warranties included with our SSL certificates:
- Essential: $10,000 USD Warranty
- Premium: $250,000 USD Warranty
- Wildcard: $250,000 USD Warranty
- Extended Validation: $1.5 Million USD Warranty
The amounts above represent the maximum amount site visitors may receive in compensation for a loss.
Why should I trust Web.com with my security needs?
Web.com is one of the most recognized names in the industry. Millions of web-based businesses trust us with their online services. Getting an SSL Certificate from Web.com allows your website and your online business to benefit from a well recognized and well established name. You'll also have the advantage of our experienced customer call center.
Can all websites accomodate an SSL certificate?
Yes, pretty much all websites can accomodate an SSL certificate and certainly all of the websites Web.com provides can include SSL website security. If you're an existing Web.com customer and you would like to purchase SSL, contact us to see what your best options are. Keep in mind that our DIY website builder has basic SSL website security built in for your convenience and protection. To speak to a customer service representative about your SSL website security needs call 1-800-932-4678.
Are there special requirements for installing an SSL Certificate on my website?
Installation for Web.com hosting and website customers is easy and mostly automated. A few clicks and approvals may be required for validation. However, if you are hosting your website on your own server or with another hosting provider, you will be required to generate or request a CSR during the setup process to access and download your SSL Certificate CRT files. You can call our customer support team at (800) 932-4678 for questions or help to setup your new product.