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All about SSL certificates and why it’s important your website has one

Having an SSL certificate on your website (showing HTTPS in the browser for your web address) is essential not only for encrypting your customers’ data but also giving your users (including search engines!) confidence when viewing your website.

Up until a few years ago, if you weren’t collecting information from people using your site, it didn’t matter too much if you didn’t have an SSL. Now if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, someone trying to look at your website could be seeing one of these:

Screenshot of a Security Warning in Firefox stating that there is a potential security threat ahead, due to not having an SSL certificate.

In 2015, Google announced that it would give higher search rankings to websites that included HTTPS, and now web browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are showing warnings about websites without HTTPS.

At Eco Web Hosting, we provide three types of SSL certificates. These are Extended Verification SSL, Standard SSL, and Let’s Encrypt SSL.

Extended Verification (EV) SSL

The EV SSL provides the highest level of authentication. It comes with a highly visible green bar showing the domain is owned by a verified legal entity.

Screenshot of a browser window showing what it looks like when you view the site information for a site protected by an EV SSL certificate.

To get an EV SSL certificate, the applicant must be able to provide proof that their company or organisation has been legally registered. An EV SSL certificate also comes with a $100,000 warranty which covers against loss of money when submitting a payment on the website. An EV SSL certificate is valid for 12 months once it has been issued. EV SSL certificates are ideal for the following types of websites:

  • Registered companies and organisations
  • Large ecommerce websites
  • Any website that wants to offer extra peace of mind to end users

Standard SSL

A Standard SSL certificate is ideal for websites that take occasional payments online. There’s a standard padlock on the website that shows the site is secure. A Standard SSL is valid for 12 months once issued and comes with a $50,000 warranty.

Screenshot of a browser window showing what it looks like when you view the site information for a site protected by a Standard SSL certificate.

The Standard SSL is ideal for the following websites:

  • Small ecommerce websites
  • Growing websites where you want to show that the SSL certificate is from a reputed vendor
  • Domains where you can’t use Eco Web Hosting’s Let’s Encrypt SSL offering (such as not being able to use our nameservers)

Let’s Encrypt SSL

The free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate is our entry level SSL. If your domain is on our nameservers, you can use Let’s Encrypt and activate it in the web hosting control panel for your website.

Screenshot of the web hosting control panel showing that under Security there's the option for SSL/TLS, where you can pick your Let's Encrypt SSL.

The free Let’s Encrypt certificate is valid for 3 months once applied, and will be automatically renewed. Let’s Encrypt is ideal for:

  • Information and brochure-type websites
  • Blogs
  • Simple sites where you want the SEO boost

If you can’t set the nameservers to Eco Web Hosting’s, you can still secure your website by purchasing a Standard SSL certificate.

You can buy your SSL certificate through your Eco Web Hosting account on the Manage Subscriptions page. Scroll down to SSL Certificates and choose the domain you want to purchase one for. And if you’re still not sure what type of SSL certificate would be suitable for your website, please get in touch with us, and we’ll be more than happy to help!