SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. SSL works by creating a secure connection between a website and your web browser, allowing all information to be transferred safely and securely.
When a visitor accesses your site, the web server will automatically send the visitor’s browser a copy of the secure certificate and a unique encryption-key. All data for that session is then sent in an encrypted format that can only be read by the visitor’s browser and the web server; keeping it safe from anyone else who attempts to intercept the data.
All that needs to happen for the secure certificate to be set up on your website, is to confirm your details as the legitimate owner of the website. Once established, the set up of the certificate on your website can be fully automated if you’re a Freeola web hosting customer. Simple instructions are provided for SSL customers who want to use their certificate with websites hosted elsewhere.
Historically, SSL Certificates and SEO were not related, however, in 2014, Google announced that it would begin using SSL as a signal in their search engine ranking algorithm.
This means as well as being a good indicator of a trusted and secure website, SSL also adds to your search engine rank, so if you ranked equally in Google with another website without SSL, then switching to SSL (or ‘HTTP over SSL’) could give you the edge over your competition.
All you need to use an SSL Certificate is a domain name pointing to a server or web hosting package. All our SSL Certificates can be used with any of Freeola’s hosting servers but can also be used with other hosts that support third-party SSL Certificates. You will also need an email address to receive communications from your SSL provider.
DV (Domain Validation)
Inexpensive, basic protection recommended for personal or hobby sites and small forums that need basic encryption for things like logins, forms or other non-transactional data.
Only the verified owner of the domain name can purchase an SSL Certificate for the domain. Validation is done via email sent to the domain owner. Domain validated SSL Certificates can be issued very quickly - often in minutes.
OV (Organisation Validation)
Affordable protection for small businesses. Recommended for small to medium sized business sites where validation of the company is important. Highly recommended for sites with low-volume eCommerce transactions. Only verified representatives of the organization may purchase these certificates and business licences or other proof is required. The Certificate Authority will verify through a phone call to ensure that the certificate request is legitimate.
EV (Extended Validation)
Proven to boost customer confidence. Recommended for mid-sized to enterprise sites where visitor confidence is key. A must for websites with transactions for payments, online banking, and eCommerce. With Extended Validation, as well as displaying the certificate seal, the address bar is displayed in green, providing customers with an extra level of confidence.
In order to be approved for an Extended Validation certificate, the certificate authority will actively check the organisation and the individual applying for the certificate. This is to verify that the organisation is positively the organisation they claim to be, and the individual requesting the certificate is someone who is authorized to request a digital certificate. Extended Validation may take as long as one week to complete.
Certificates are available with several different options for the range of website addresses that they can cover.
Secure one website address
These certificates can be registered for one website address only, however will also automatically support the www. variation. For example a certificate registered for example.com will also cover www.example.com.
Secure one website address and all subdomains
These certificates are known as wildcard certificates and allow for a website address and all subdomains to be protected with a single certificate. For example, you could register a wildcard certificate for *.freeola.com and that certificate would work for freeola.com, mail.freeola.com, ftp.freeola.com and any other subdomain. The wildcard refers to the fact that the certificate is provisioned for all immediate subdomains of freeola.com.
Secure multiple website addresses
Known as SANs (Subject Alternative Names) certificates, these certificates allow for multiple website addresses to be protected with a single certificate. For example, you could get a certificate for freeola.com, and also assign it to freeola.org, freeola.net and even getdotted.com.
Below are just a few examples of web browsers that support secure web hosting through our SSL Certificates. These are not all of the supported browsers as over 99% of all browsers for PC, Mac and Mobiles support the use of SSL Certificates.
We only supply SSL Certificates developed by trusted and renowned security experts. Our various SSL Certificates are supplied by industry leaders GeoTrust, Sectigo (formerly Comodo) and RapidSSL.