Buy the Right SSL Certificate for Your Website

Want to buy the right SSL certificate for your site? Here's the guide.

It's 2018, and one thing's needed for website security above anything else. This thing-as you rightly guessed-is an SSL certificate. If you don't secure your site using an SSL certificate, Google will soon mark your site as "Not Secure." Let's face it; you don't want it. So, what should you do? Well, you should-as you once again rightly guessed-buy an SSL certificate.

We know this sounds obvious and you're definitely not here to hear the obvious. You're here to buy the right and cheapest SSL certificate(s) for your site(s).

Well, we can't wait to help you out.

You might or might not know that SSL/TLS certificates come in different shapes and sizes. Fundamentally, SSL certificates can be categorized using two primary characteristics. They are:

  • Level of validation
  • Function of certificate

Let's have a look at them one-by-one.

SSL Types by Validation Level

When it comes to SSL types based on validation level, there are three types of SSL certificates. These types vary from each other regarding the level of validation conducted by the certificate authority before issuing an SSL/TLS certificate. Based on the level of validation, here are the three types of SSL certificates:

Domain Validation SSL certificates

Domain Validation SSL certificates are the most basic type of SSL certificates in terms of validation level. That's because the process for validation is painless and straightforward. You merely have to prove to the Certificate Authority (CA) that you own the domain that was applied for. This can be done within minutes via email, allowing the certificate to be issued within minutes of purchase and then installed immediately. Domain Validation SSL/TLS certificates are an excellent option for securing personal websites, blogs, and other non-e-commerce sites.

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Name of Product

Type of Site Seal

Validation Needs

Warranty Amount

Issuance Time

Amount You Save

Cheapest
Price

 

ProductComodo PositiveSSL

SitesealComodo PositiveSSL  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$58.03

Price$8.86/yr.

ProductRapidSSL

SitesealRapidSSL  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$71.68

Price$8.86/yr.

ProductComodo Essential SSL

SitesealComodo Essential SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$80.39

Price$23.29/yr.

ProductComodo Positive Multi-Domain SSL

SitesealComodo Positive Multi-Domain SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$199.74

Price$25.50/yr.

ProductThawte SSL 123

SitesealThawte SSL 123 SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$500K

Issuance1 day

Save$164.58

Price$38.82/yr.

ProductGeoTrust QuickSSL Premium

SitesealGeoTrust QuickSSL Premium  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$500K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$153.54

Price$49.86/yr.

ProductComodo PositiveSSL Wildcard

SitesealComodo PositiveSSL Wildcard  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$259.00

Price$80.91/yr.

ProductComodo Essential SSL Wildcard

SitesealComodo Essential SSL Wildcard SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$247.91

Price$92.00/yr.


Organization Validation SSL certificates

As far as SSL types by validation level are concerned, organization validation (OV) SSL certificates are the meeting point of DV SSL certs and EV certs. Organization Validation (OV) SSL/TLS Certificates require your company or organization to meet several requirements to pass authentication. Once validated, your website will show the standard trust indicators – the green HTTPS and padlock in the address bar – and your visitors will be able to see your business is legal and has been validated by a trusted third party security company within the certificate details and the dynamic site seal.

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Name of Product

Type of Site Seal

Validation Needs

Warranty Amount

Issuance Time

Amount You Save

Cheapest
Price

 

ProductComodo Instant SSL

SitesealComodo Instant SSL SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$50K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$103.18

Price$33.26/yr.

ProductComodo InstantSSL Pro

SitesealComodo InstantSSL Pro SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$100K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$148.91

Price$42.14/yr.

ProductComodo Instant Premium SSL

SitesealComodo Instant Premium SSL SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$250K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$184.70

Price$60.95/yr.

ProductGeoTrust True BusinessID

SitesealGeoTrust True BusinessID  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.25MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$200.67

Price$70.99/yr.

ProductThawte SSL Web Server

SitesealThawte SSL Web Server  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.25MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$184.03

Price$87.62/yr.

ProductComodo Elite SSL

SitesealComodo Elite SSL  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$500K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$182.33

Price$198.54/yr.

ProductSymantec™ Secure Site

SitesealSymantec™ Secure Site SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$239.67

Price$305.00/yr.

ProductThawte Wildcard SSL

SitesealThawte Wildcard SSL  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.25MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$508.24

Price$309.45/yr.

ProductSymantec™ Secure Site Pro

SitesealSymantec™ Secure Site Pro SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$616.26

Price$742.02/yr.


Extended Validation SSL Certificates

An Extended validation certificate-A.K.A. Green Address Bar SSL-is the top of the line SSL solution that involves a higher level of organizational validation. This, in turn, inspires the highest level of trust in your customers by activating the globally recognized green address bar that displays your verified organization's name across all web and mobile browsers and in the accompanying dynamic site seals.

The validation process may sound scary, but it's not. It usually only takes a few business days, and as long as you are a legitimate business and your organization's records are up to date (and you're available to take a quick phone call) you should have no problems zipping through the process, possibly even in 1 day. EV SSL has proven to pay for itself by increasing trust then boosting conversion. How much would a 4% increase in conversion be worth to you? Also, it certainly doesn't ever hurt when you put the safety & security of your customers first.

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Name of Product

Type of Site Seal

Validation Needs

Warranty Amount

Issuance Time

Amount You Save

Cheapest
Price

 

ProductPositiveSSL EV

SitesealPositiveSSL EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$104.57

Price$98.83/yr.

ProductGeoTrust True BusinessID with EV

SitesealGeoTrust True BusinessID with EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$253.99

Price$154.17/yr.

ProductComodo EV SSL

SitesealComodo EV SSL SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.75MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$451.01

Price$161.92/yr.

ProductThawte SSL Web Server with EV

SitesealThawte SSL Web Server with EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$242.90

Price$165.26/yr.

ProductPositiveSSL EV Multi-Domain

SitesealPositiveSSL EV Multi-Domain SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$183.13

Price$181.35/yr.

ProductGeoTrust True BusinessID Multi-Domain with EV

SitesealGeoTrust True BusinessID Multi-Domain with EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$418.33

Price$262.86/yr.

ProductComodo EV Multi-Domain SSL

SitesealComodo EV Multi-Domain SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.75MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$938.87

Price$288.37/yr.

ProductSymantec™ Secure Site with EV

SitesealSymantec™ Secure Site with EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.75MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$627.35

Price$730.93/yr.

ProductSymantec™ Secure Site Pro with EV

SitesealSymantec™ Secure Site Pro with EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.75MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$982.62

Price$1,063.67/yr.


SSL Types by Certificate Functions

Considering various functions of SSL certificates, they can be divided into four distinct categories. Let's have a brief look at each.

Single Domain SSL Certificates

In terms of certificate functionality, Single Domain SSL certificates are the most basic and most commonly used certificates. As suggested in the name itself, Single Domain SSL certificates encrypt one domain at a time. However, they could be DV, OV or EV depending upon the validation level.

Name of Product

Type of Site Seal

Validation Needs

Warranty Amount

Issuance Time

Amount You Save

Cheapest
Price

 

ProductComodo PositiveSSL

SitesealComodo PositiveSSL  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$58.03

Price$8.86/yr.

ProductRapidSSL

SitesealRapidSSL  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$71.68

Price$8.86/yr.

ProductComodo Essential SSL

SitesealComodo Essential SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$80.39

Price$23.29/yr.

ProductComodo Positive Multi-Domain SSL

SitesealComodo Positive Multi-Domain SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$199.74

Price$25.50/yr.

ProductThawte SSL 123

SitesealThawte SSL 123 SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$500K

Issuance1 day

Save$164.58

Price$38.82/yr.

ProductGeoTrust QuickSSL Premium

SitesealGeoTrust QuickSSL Premium  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$500K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$153.54

Price$49.86/yr.

ProductComodo PositiveSSL Wildcard

SitesealComodo PositiveSSL Wildcard  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$259.00

Price$80.91/yr.

ProductComodo Essential SSL Wildcard

SitesealComodo Essential SSL Wildcard SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$247.91

Price$92.00/yr.


Multi-Domain SSL (SAN/UCC) Certificates

Many site administrators might have more than one domain to secure. That's where Multi-Domain SSL certificates come in. Multi-Domain SSL/TLS Certificates allow you to secure multiple domains with a single certificate. This works for sub-domains, similar domains with different TLD's (Top-level Domains) and URL's that are entirely different. For instance, you could secure www.mydomain.com, mail.mydomain.com, www.mydomain.net and www.lets-secure-this-site-too.com, all on one certificate.

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Name of Product

Type of Site Seal

Validation Needs

Warranty Amount

Issuance Time

Amount You Save

Cheapest
Price

 

ProductComodo Domain Validated UCC SSL

SitesealComodo Domain Validated UCC SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$25K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$257.07

Price$131.99/yr.

ProductComodo Multi-Domain SSL

SitesealComodo Multi-Domain SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$250K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$307.40

Price$143.08/yr.

ProductComodo Unified Communications

SitesealComodo Unified Communications SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$250K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$244.86

Price$144.19/yr.

ProductGeoTrust True BusinessID Multi-Domain

SitesealGeoTrust True BusinessID Multi-Domain  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.25MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$316.79

Price$171.92/yr.

ProductPositiveSSL EV Multi-Domain

SitesealPositiveSSL EV Multi-Domain SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$183.13

Price$181.35/yr.

ProductGeoTrust True BusinessID Multi-Domain with EV

SitesealGeoTrust True BusinessID Multi-Domain with EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$418.33

Price$262.86/yr.

ProductComodo EV Multi-Domain SSL

SitesealComodo EV Multi-Domain SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.75MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$938.87

Price$288.37/yr.

ProductSymantec™ Secure Site

SitesealSymantec™ Secure Site SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$239.67

Price$305.00/yr.

ProductSymantec™ Secure Site with EV

SitesealSymantec™ Secure Site with EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.75MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$627.35

Price$730.93/yr.

ProductSymantec™ Secure Site Pro

SitesealSymantec™ Secure Site Pro SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$616.26

Price$742.02/yr.

ProductSymantec™ Secure Site Pro with EV

SitesealSymantec™ Secure Site Pro with EV SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Full Business

Warranty$1.75MM

Issuance1-5 Days

Save$982.62

Price$1,063.67/yr.


Wildcard SSL Certificates

Wildcard SSL certificates allow you to secure unlimited sub-domains in addition to one primary domain (also known as a Fully Qualified Domain Name or FQDN). For instance, you could secure www.mydomain.com, mail.mydomain.com, blog.mydomain.com, and admin.mydomain.com—all on one certificate. Wildcard SSL certs come with DV and OV options.

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Name of Product

Type of Site Seal

Validation Needs

Warranty Amount

Issuance Time

Amount You Save

Cheapest
Price

 

ProductComodo PositiveSSL Wildcard

SitesealComodo PositiveSSL Wildcard  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$259.00

Price$80.91/yr.

ProductComodo Essential SSL Wildcard

SitesealComodo Essential SSL Wildcard SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$247.91

Price$92.00/yr.

ProductRapidSSL Wildcard

SitesealRapidSSL Wildcard  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$241.20

Price$98.71/yr.

ProductComodo PremiumSSL Wildcard

SitesealComodo PremiumSSL Wildcard SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$250K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$470.04

Price$144.19/yr.

ProductComodo SSL Wildcard

SitesealComodo SSL Wildcard  SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$250K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$416.80

Price$197.43/yr.

ProductQuickSSL Premium Wildcard

SitesealQuickSSL Premium Wildcard SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$500K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$818.46

Price$198.54/yr.

ProductSSL123 Wildcard

SitesealSSL123 Wildcard SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$500K

Issuance1 day

Save$818.46

Price$198.54/yr.

ProductThawte Wildcard SSL

SitesealThawte Wildcard SSL  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.25MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$508.24

Price$309.45/yr.

ProductGeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard

SitesealGeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.25MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$457.22

Price$360.47/yr.

ProductSymantec Wildcard SSL

SitesealSymantec Wildcard SSL  SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$788.94

Price$1,939.89/yr.

ProductSecure Site Pro Wildcard

SitesealSecure Site Pro Wildcard SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$1,805.77

Price$4,985.60/yr.


Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL Certificates

Regarding functionality, there is no certificate type topping a Multi-Domain SSL certificate. Depending upon the CA, you can secure up to 250 fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) and an unlimited number of sub-domains with a single Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL certificate. This saves time, money and efforts as you don't have purchase and manage separate SSL certificate for each of your domain or sub-domain. Like Wildcard SSL certificates, they too come with DV and OV validation.

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Name of Product

Type of Site Seal

Validation Needs

Warranty Amount

Issuance Time

Amount You Save

Cheapest
Price

 

ProductPositive Multi-Domain Wildcard

SitesealPositive Multi-Domain Wildcard SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain

Warranty$10K

IssuanceMinutes

Save$335.05

Price$209.63/yr.

ProductUnified Communication Wildcard Certificate

SitesealUnified Communication Wildcard Certificate SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$250K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$613.19

Price$320.54/yr.

ProductMulti Domain Wildcard SSL

SitesealMulti Domain Wildcard SSL SitesealStatic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$250K

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$641.34

Price$353.82/yr.

ProductSSL Web Server Multi-Domain Wildcard

SitesealSSL Web Server Multi-Domain Wildcard SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.25MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$1,861.68

Price$453.53/yr.

ProductTrue BusinessID Multi-Domain Wildcard

SitesealTrue BusinessID Multi-Domain Wildcard SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.25MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$2,072.05

Price$461.57/yr.

ProductSecure Site Multi-Domain Wildcard

SitesealSecure Site Multi-Domain Wildcard SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$3,939.34

Price$2,063.01/yr.

ProductSecure Site Pro Multi-Domain Wildcard

SitesealSecure Site Pro Multi-Domain Wildcard SitesealDynamic

Validation NeedsDomain +
Basic Business

Warranty$1.5MM

Issuance1-3 Days

Save$9,762.70

Price$5,178.32/yr.


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Janusz CzeropskiSep. 2018

Rating

"Cheapsslsecurity is really flexible product for company starters including long term companies. Cheapsslsecurity offers affordable SSL Certificates. Which are really great product. Myself, I use Wildcard SSL by Comodo over a year with zero issues which is really surprise for so cheap Wildcard SSL. I would recommend this product to anyone."

Raed NeshiewatSep. 2018

Rating

"Very fast delivery. Installation was easy with no problems. If you are installing a wildcard SSL certificate on cPanel, you need to specify the actual domain name, don't try to install it on *.domain.com , you have to install it on each subdomain such as admin.domain.com, shop.domain.com,..etc. Use the same certificate for each subdomain you install. Good luck!"

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