Do You Need a $188/Year Standard SSL Certificate for your website?

by acchao
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Hi there,

I have a website that sells air purifier and I came across so many provider provides SSL certificate.

From Free SSL (cloud flare), Free SSL when you use hosting provider such as "Namecheap" to a $188/year standard cert from this site example: https://www.digicert.com

What do you think?

What's the main difference? How would you use it?
#$188 or year #certificate #ssl #standard #website
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  • Profile picture of the author gnugent
    I use the free SSL certs provided by Cloudflare. They're fine for my needs. I sell a software product exclusively on one site whereas I have niche specific information blogs on my other sites.

    You can also get free SSL certs from most hosting companies.
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    • Profile picture of the author DRP
      Originally Posted by acchao View Post

      Hi there,

      I have a website that sells air purifier and I came across so many provider provides SSL certificate.

      From Free SSL (cloud flare), Free SSL when you use hosting provider such as "Namecheap" to a $188/year standard cert from this site example:

      What do you think?

      What's the main difference? How would you use it?
      Originally Posted by King Manu View Post

      I think this answers your questions really well.

      https://www.sslrenewals.com/blog/dif...sl-certificate

      As the blog post mentions, SSL is a matter of "no compromise". You absolutely need a validated (not free) SSL certificate and you need to maintain it indefinitely. Include this as part of your overhead when maintaining a website.



      Also, your conversions are affected by your SSL status. Chrome and other browsers will flag websites using HTTP protocol or ones with invalid or insecure HTTPS protocols. You've no doubt seen this already during your own web surfing. I'm sure it instinctively raises red flags for you whenever you see it. So why would you give that experience to potential customers? This negatively affects CVR and that's not a matter for debate. Anyone that claims they make money using HTTP or without validated SSL certificates is full of BS.



      So get yourself a validated SSL cert or hang your hat.
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  • Profile picture of the author robermonas
    If you want to protect your "business" website go for a paid certificate. If your website is "personal" then go for a free SSL.
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  • Profile picture of the author rich21
    I have a couple of websites currently using paid SSL certificates. But these are low priced and they are provided by my domain provider Namecheap. They are more than adequate security certificates for the websites they are being used on.

    If you are considering buying a higher priced SSL certificate, that would probably be more suited to a business website. Or an eCommerce website that is gearing up for more traffic and a lot more sales conversions in the near future.

    Then a higher priced SSL certificate would possibly be the best choice with regards to your traffic coming to the site and the trust value that the SSL certificate is showing your potential customer or buyer.

    Someone who is about to consider making a purchase but is reluctant because they are not impressed by the level of security with online payments etc.

    When a customer sees an SSL certificate on a website before they make a purchase, that automatically puts them in a more confident buying decision.

    And having a high priced SSL security certificate on your site is entirely your choice. If you are going to run a business, with a lot of online transactions by credit card, then a top performing SSL certificate is an essential requirement.

    If you are running a personal website with smaller or less frequent transactions then go for a lower priced SSL certificate.

    Hope this helps you out...
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  • Profile picture of the author msulcs
    Get a HawkHost hosting (~$35 per year) and you'll get an SSL for free. And you can host many sites on the server and all of them will have an SSL.
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  • Profile picture of the author Genesys63
    Hello there, I recently purchased an SSL certificate at Godaddy. It was under 60 dollars for a year. I bought this because mostly all my websites are hosted at Godaddy.com and they have excellent tech support help ! If you want to go the free route I would trust Blue host and they offer a standard certificate free with purchase of hosting which starts at about 3 dollars a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I found out by accident that Hostgator give everyone unlimited free SSL certificates for their hosted domains.


    Doh!


    I've converted most of my domains to use SSL and I'm pleased with the results. I'm sure it makes a difference in the search results. After all most of my low quality competitors don't use SSL so it's a good thing to have.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelQuinn
    SSL certificates help to increase buyer confidence when purchasing from your website and displaying the SSL badge on your page helps with your credibility, especially for e-commerce
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    This comes down to the type of site it is and whether a free one or paid one is necessary. I'm quite confident that you do not need one that costs $188/year, though. There are plenty of paid ones that are far less money.
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