An SSL certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of your website by coupling together your domain name, company name, and location with a unique cryptographic key.
That key establishes a secure session with the web server via an HTTPS connection, which is typically reflected (depending on the browser) in the green padlock icon next to the URL.
The benefits of having an SSL include:
- Increased consumer trust
- Better page ranking
- Decreased likelihood of your site being hacked
Single-domain SSLs cover one domain or subdomain. For example, you can secure www.coolexample.com. You can purchase single-domain SSL’s as Standard, Deluxe High Assurance (OV) certificates, or EV certificates.
Multiple Domain (UCC) SSLs can cover multiple subdomains, unique domain names, and websites. For example, you can secure www.coolexample.com, mail.coolexample.com, and www.awesomeexample.com. You can purchase UCC SSL’s as standard or EV certificates.
Wildcard SSLs cover multiple subdomains. For example, you can secure *.coolexample.com, which would cover shop.coolexample.com, www.coolexample.com, and any other subdomains. You can purchase Wildcard SSLs as Standard or OV certificates.