SSL Certificates Explained

Stuff you really need to know about SSL certificates


Did you know that the true name of the modern protocol is actually Transport Layer Security (TLS), and not SSL?

The last protocol version released under the name “SSL”, was 3.0 way back in 1996.

However the name SSL has stuck in website vocabulary and so we still call it that today.

Additional Benefits of SSL Certificates

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Types of SSL Certificates

SSL Certificate enables https

Single Domain / Basic SSL Certificates

Basic SSL Certificates will support one website on one domain name in one certificate.

A certificate issued for can only add HTTPS support to and, but NOT

A certificate issued to can only be used for and NOT

Wildcard SSL certificate

Wildcard SSL Certificates

Wildcard SSL certificates will support all subdomains of one domain name in one certificate.

A wildcard certificate issued for * can also be used for, and

multi-domain ucc san certificate

Multi-Domain or UCC/SAN SSL Certificates

Multi-domain or UCC/SAN certificates can support multiple domain names in one certificate.

A multi-domain certificate for and can support, and

A multi-domain wildcard certificate supports multiple domain names and all subdomains of each domain name.

Sub-Types of SSL Certificates

Certifying Authorities only release certificate files after you validate your certificate order. Based on the level of validation there are sub-types of the above types of certificates.

  • DOMAIN VALIDATION (DV) - DV certificates are a the most poular, quick, and simple way to secure your website. It consists of validating ownership of the domain name via an emailed link, file upload, or DNS update. A registered business is not needed. view paid options | view free option
  • ORGANIZATION VALIDATION (OV) - DV + Basic Organization vetting - In addition to domain ownership you need to prove that the existence of your business via a public business registration record. OV certificates displays the organisation name when you check the certificate's details. view options
  • EXTENDED VALIDATION (EV) - DV + Detailed Organization vetting - In addition to OV requirements, you also need to provide detailed organization information including proof of operational existence, and physical address & telephone verification. EV certificates are the most trusted certificates and enable the display of the organization name in the browser address bar whent he website is visited. view options

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