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SSL secures transmissions between our visitors computer and our website.
A SSL certificate is the thing we buy in order to turn everything into gibberish whilst in transit. Slightly over simplifying.
Depending on the certificate, the verification process differs.
God said so! God in this game being Google. Well there are specific reasons...
The first reason you should know is that Google are updating Chrome on 1st January 2017. From then on Chrome will display the following:
It is very likely that the other browsers will follow suit. Even if they don't, Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world. Google's goal is to have a stronger warning as below:
It is fairly safe to assume this is going to scare some visitors off completing forms ie contact us pages. This shift is all about promoting a safer web. You can read more about all this on Google's security blog post.
The next reason is that secure websites are said to see a slight shift in rankings. Again this is Google's way of promoting a safer web. The rewards for securing your website may change in time and we imagine it will become greater if anything as Google continue to push the importance of security..
By securing the websites it prevents data being intercepted and at times modified by encrypting it.
So why do you need it? Increase rankings, click-through-rate, client confidence and in turn profits...
There are different certificates available to choose from. Each requiring different degrees of validation or verification. Which one you need will depend on your online activities.
Our DV certificates name is "Standard SSL". This is the entry level certificate and requires the least verification. In fact you simply confirm that you control a specific email address ie firstname.lastname@example.org. This can be issued within the hour.
The address bar is as follows:
or for Google Chrome:
Our certificates start at £59 ex. VAT per year for one domain. With £80,321 warranty.
There are further discounts when securing many websites or years. Compare features of Standard SSL vs Premium SSL.
Our EV certificates name is called "Premium SSL". This requires further verification by confirming you own the company and domain. Verification is as above but in much more detail. It is likely they may ask for copies of documents to prove the legitimacy of the company. This can take up to 7 weeks.
This is why our Premium SSL comes with a free Standard SSL certificate. We use that until the EV certificate has been issued.
The address bar appears as:
or for Google Chrome:
Our certificates start at £199 ex. VAT per year for one domain. With £200,803 warranty.
There are further discounts when securing many websites or years. Compare feature of Standard SSL vs Premium SSL.
It should be pointed out that you could use the Standard SSL on business websites. The above is just the general recommendations.
The answer to this question varies depending on two things. Is it a new website? If not, how big is it?
This is a straight forward process to install and configure the certificates. If we're developing your website for you, we'll just do it as part of our service.
Existing websites are a little more complex. This is because there will be references to non-secure pages and content throughout the website. These will need to be manually updated.
For this reason we can't give a set price because the size of the website will determine it.
Visit our shop to purchase one and see the options: https://onlinebusinessbuilders.co.uk/shop
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