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The internet is steadily moving towards the secure HTTPS as a default protocol. The SSL certificates are no longer only for sites that accept sensitive data like credit card information or login details. Having an SSL installed on your site is now a factor for the search engine standing and a requirement for using the latest and faster HTTP/2 protocol for loading your website. That is why we were among the first hosting providers to include the free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate in all our plans which allows every site to be run over a secure connection for free. For more advanced business needs we also provide Wildcard and EV SSL certificates.

Free Let's Encrypt SSL Certificates
Free Let's Encrypt SSL Certificates

Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate provides 2048-bit encryption, is fully automated and no payment or validation email is needed to issue a certificate. It is as secure as paid certificates and provides the same HTTPS protection to your website.

Free Comodo SSL Certificates
Bring Your Own SSL Certificate

If you already have your own SSL certificates and want to utilize those, not to worry! With Cloudways, you can install your own SSL certificates easily.

SNI Enabled - SSL Without Dedicated IP
SNI Enabled - SSL Without Dedicated IP

A costly dedicated IP is no longer required to install SSL. With SNI enabled on our servers, the cost of installing SSL is even less. On top of that, we offer SSL for free! No hidden cost, no setup fee, no need of expensive dedicated IPs!


WHAT SSL/TLS/HTTPS IS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT


When you visit a website or fill out a form, a connection is made between you and the web server to transmit data in between. If not properly encrypted, this data can potentially be intercepted, spied upon, stolen and even tampered with as it traverses the internet. HTTP, the protocol used to transmit data over the internet, is unencrypted by default.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a suite of cryptographic protocols designed to encrypt the connection between a user’s browser and the web server. It safeguards your visitors by creating encrypted connections between them and your website, protecting their privacy and the data they share with you over the internet. Combine HTTP with SSL and you get HTTPS, a bi-directionally secure way of accessing information. SSL is the predecessor to TLS (Transport Layer Security), but they are both frequently referred to as SSL.

As a website owner, if you want to enable encryption, you’ll need obtain a secure certificate from a trusted party that’s been authorized to issue them such as Let's Encrypt and Comodo. In addition to a minor SEO bump, there are two huge benefits that HTTPS brings:

SSL certificates are what make both of these things possible. Certificate authorities authenticate site ownership to varying degrees as part of the process of issuing certificates. The certificates themselves then enable the encryption of data between your server and a user’s browser.

A valid SSL-enabled website will have https:// in the URL and a padlock will be displayed in the address bar of your browser. In the case of an Extended Domain Validation Certificate, you’ll also see a green visual indicator being deployed. Each site is issued a unique SSL certificate. If a website is pretending to be on HTTPS but it’s certificate doesn’t match, or not professionally signed, then the browser will warn the user from connecting to the site.

Safety and security is a vital aspect to consider when hosting your website on the internet. HTTPS makes your website secure for your users and has traditionally been recommended largely for ecommerce sites in the past. The reality for website owners, however, is that every site that has a control panel (such as WordPress or other CMS based site) deals with the transmission of sensitive information, in the form of your login details if nothing else. This is why securing communication with HTTPs has now become a standard.


Key Benefits of SSL/TLS


SECURITY FOR WEBSITE AND EMAIL

You can install these certificates on any domain you own to secure your website and email, as long as they resolve to our servers. Installing a certificate onto a domain that you use for email will enable you to use SSL/TLS encryption while connection to the mail server over POP/IMAP/SMTP.


BETTER SEO

Boost SEO and security across all your websites with free SSL/TSL certificates. Security is a top priority for Google and as announced in August 2016 they use HTTPS as a ranking signal. So by enabling HTTPS with free Let’s Encrypt certificates, you can expect better search ranking on popular search engines such as Google.


BOOSTS CUSTOMER TRUST

Web browsers displays visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure visitors know when their connection is secured. This instills more trust in your customers when they see these cues and the will be more likely to buy from you.


OFFERS ADDED BRAND POWER

SSL certificate providers give trust seals to display on your website that indicates well-trusted encryption is in use. Displaying these branded icons gives customers an added level of assurance that their information is safe as it travels.


ENCRYPTS INFORMATION

SSL certificates encrypts information so that it can only be read and understood by the intended recipients. This is important because the information you send on the Internet is unencrypted by default and any intruder beteen you and the server can see the information passing through, such as passwords, credit card numbers etc. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes encrypted in a way that only your browser and the server can see it. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.


PROVIDES AUTHENTICATION

When obtaining an SSL certificate, another type of protection called a server certificate is also issued. This certificate acts as a mediator between browsers and SSL servers to show that the SSL certificate provider can be trusted. Each site is issued a unique SSL certificate. Certain types of SSL certificates, like EV SSL Certificates, require more validation than others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Both Shared as well as Dedicated/Private SSL satisfy the core aim of SSL; i.e. transmitting data in encrypted form over the networks, so it depends on you whether to stay with Shared SSL or opt for Dedicated SSL. One of the main considerations in using a shared or dedicated SSL is the URL and how it will appear to your customers.

No way! The SSL certificates we provide will accelerate your website load speed. When a user visits your website, their browser asks for proof of the validity of your certificate. It’s an automated process and ensures your website loads faster and visitors aren’t left hanging.

Every SSL certificate has a digital signature based on a one-way cryptographic hashing algorithm. In non-geeky terms it’s a secret code that works as a security mechanism to check the integrity of data. For a decade, the SHA-1 was the algorithm of choice. But, it hasn’t kept up with technology and is now vulnerable to attack. Websites that have SSL certificates with SHA-1 will trigger an alert message that warns that the site is unsafe. Those pesky hackers broke the code! All our SSL certificates have the SHA-2 algorithm.

SSL certificates can be classified is many different ways, certificates issued by certifying authority have highest trust among users and are used widely. Based on this there are three types of SSL certificates:

  • Domain validated SSL certificate
  • Organizationally validated SSL certificate
  • Extended validation SSL certificate
Wild Card certificates and Subject Alternative Names are the special kind of SSL certificates.

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