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What are the differences between the SSL Certificates?

SSL Certificates

SSL Certificates provide security for your website by encrypting communications between the server and the person visiting your website. Otherwise any information such as passwords and credit card numbers would be sent as text and any hop between the end-user and your site could view that information.

So what are the differences between the SSL certificates we offer?

Domain Validation (DV)

RaipdSSL and Comodo Essential

This is the cheapest form for a SSL certificate for your domain name. Perfect for situations were you want to encrypted usernames and passwords, and for general e-commerce stores to accept credit card payments.

The Certificate Authority (CA) checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name. No company identity information is vetted and no information is displayed other than encryption information within the Secure Site Seal which is why these certificates are available in a short period of time as only an email address is required to prove you own the domain name.

Organisation Validation (OV)

True BusinessID and Essential Wildcard
(Also called Company Validation)

The next step up. The Certificate Authority (CA) checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name PLUS it conducts some vetting of the organisation, so in addition to verifying the email address, additional documentation must be provided to certify your company’s identity.


Essential Wildcard

A Wildcard SSL Certificate enables SSL encryption on unlimited subdomains using a single certificate. The subdomains must have the same second level domain name (i.e. domain.com).

Extended Validation (EV)

True Business ID with EV

This is where the Certificate Authority (CA) checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name PLUS it conducts a THOROUGH vetting of the organisation. The issuance process of EV SSL Certificates is strictly defined in the EV Guidelines, as formally ratified by the CA/Browser forum in 2007, that specify all the steps required for a CA before issuing a certificate, and includes:

  • Verifying the legal, physical and operational existence of the entity
  • Verifying that the identity of the entity matches official records
  • Verifying that the entity has exclusive right to use the domain specified in the EV SSL Certificate
  • Verifying that the entity has properly authorised the issuance of the EV SSL Certificate

This is why they’re is up to a 10 day provisioning time for EV SSL Certificates as there are quite a few requirements for obtaining an EV based SSL certificate.


Provided by cPanel

The AutoSSL is a free SSL Certificate available to all hosting platforms we support (Entry, Business, and Reseller).  It is built into the cPanel control panel system and will apply to any VPS or Dedicated servers with cPanel installed.

The AutoSSL works much like the Wildcard SSL, with the major differences being the following.

  • dns for the domain must point directly at the server to work (this means if you are using Cloudflare or another CDN, the ssl will not install/generate).
  • the ssl certificate renews every 90 days, and barring there are no issues, it should auto renew without any interaction by anyone.

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