What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It might sound complex, but it's really not. SSL Certificates validate your website's identity, and encrypt the information visitors send to, or receive from, your site. This keeps thieves from spying on any exchange between you and your shoppers.
When you have an SSL Certificate protecting your website, your customers can rest assured that the information they enter on any secured page is private and can't be viewed by cyber crooks. GoDaddy makes it easy to install your certificate and secure your server.
For more information, see Defining SSL Certificates.
What are the benefits of having an SSL Certificate on my website?
GoDaddy SSL Certificates inspire trust and show visitors that you value their privacy. An SSL Cert protects your customers' sensitive information such as their name, address, password, or credit card number by encrypting the data during transmission from their computer to your web server. SSL is the standard for web security, and a Server Certificate is required by most merchant account services – you'll need one if you plan to accept credit cards on your website.
For more information, see How does an SSL certificate work?
How will people know my website is safe?
How you build your website is entirely up to you. In fact, most basic secure websites can be hand-coded using HTML.
When a visitor enters an SSL-protected page on your website, their browser bar displays a padlock icon and the https:// prefix in the URL address. While most Internet users know to look for those SSL indicators, you can also add a site seal to your website to show visitors your site is verified and secured. Visitors can click the seal to view your certificate's status and details, seeing for themselves that it's safe to send sensitive information to your website. Websites protected by GoDaddy's Premium EV SSL display a green browser bar as well, giving users the green light.
For more information, see Verifying a Certificate's Validity on Your Computer.
What is the difference between Standard SSL and Premium SSL?
All SSL-protected sites display the https:// prefix in the URL address bar. Sites protected with a Premium EV SSL Certificate display a green browser bar to quickly assure visitors that the organization's legal and physical existence was verified according to strict industry standards.
GoDaddy’s Premium EV SSL Certificate involves the most extensive vetting process. We verify the control of the domain and legitimacy of your company by validating the legal name, address, phone number and other business information. The process takes about 30 days, but we've got you covered during that time. EV SSL Certs come with a free Standard SSL to use during the vetting process, so you can keep your transactions secure while you wait.
For more information, see What are the advantages of a Premium Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate for your business?
Why should I buy an SSL from GoDaddy?
For one thing, our SSL certs cover unlimited secure servers. They support up to 256-bit encryption and they're recognized by all of the major desktop and mobile browsers on the market. Plus, they're backed by the industry's best 24/7 phone service and support. There's absolutely no technical difference between GoDaddy SSL Certificates and those offered by other companies – they simply cost less. Is it any wonder we're the largest provider of net new SSL Certificates in the world?
For more information, see What is the encryption strength of your SSL certificates?
Which SSL do I need?
Some configurations require a specific type of SSL Cert. Do you need to cover multiple domains with a UCC (Unified Communications Certificate), or unlimited subdomains with a Wildcard SSL? Use these questions as a guideline to help find the SSL you need to cover multiple secure sites:
- Where are you located? Our certificates are issued worldwide with a few restrictions. Check this list to find out if you're covered.
- Is this for a business or personal website?
- Which type of web hosting server do you use?
- How many unique domains do you want to secure with HTTPS?
- Do you need an SSL Certificate that supports Intel vPro technology for remote PC management? Check out our Deluxe Certificate.
- Do you run an Open Source project? Apply now to get a FREE 1-year Standard SSL Certificate!
For more information, see Finding the SSL You Need.
What happens after I purchase an SSL Certificate?
After you purchase the SSL, take about 10-15 minutes to activate the credit and submit a request for the certificate to use on your website. We'll verify your request and keep in touch with you through the process. When the SSL Certificate is issued, we'll send you an email with details for completing installation, making your server a secure server.
For more information, see Requesting a Standard SSL Certificate.