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SSL Certificates for your eCommerce

All SupportHost hosting plans, from shared hosting and WordPress hosting to dedicated servers, include a free SSL certificate issued by Let's Encrypt. However, in some cases it is advisable to use a paid SSL certificate.

About SSL Certificates

SSL certificates comparison

In the table below, we see a comparison between the paid SSL certificates and the free SSL certificate of let's encrypt, which we include for free with each hosting account.

BrandComodoLet’s Encrypt
ValidationDomain ValidationDomain Validation
Site SealComodo Possitivessl Site SealNo
Protected DomainsDepends on the certificateSingle
Issuing timeMinutesMinutes
Encryption Strength256-bit256-bit
Support24/7 Phone and chatNone
Browser compatibility99.9%99.9%
GuaranteeYes, the amount varies depending on the certificateNo
Vulnerability ScanningFree trialNone
PCI ScanningFree trialNone
Pricefrom 18€/yearFree

Which certificate to choose?

Nowadays, Comodo and Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates are two of the most widespread solutions. The most frequently asked questions are: which of these certificates is best for me and my website? Is free always better than paid? Are there any differences between having a certificate that expires in 2 years and one that expires in 3 months? Let’s make a comparison to understand which of these solutions is best suited to your needs.

Please note that all SupportHost hosting plans have a free SSL certificate issued by Let’s Encrypt (the certificate is automatically activated in the 24 hours following your hosting account activation). Therefore, you will not need to do anything to activate the SSL certificate of your website.

Furthermore, the most used search engine (Google), along with all the others, focuses mainly on the user experience. So, using a secure connection is among the ranking factors.

What is an SSL certificate?

When we talk about a certificate, we always use the term SSL. Actually, when we use an HTTPS connection and a certificate, we are using TLS Transport Layer Security, a more updated and reliable version of SSL.

The certificate allows the encrypted exchange of data between the browser and the server. It ensures a secure connection when a sensitive information exchange occurs, such as your users’ personal information or credit card numbers.

If the certificate is present, you will see a padlock icon in the browser address bar. When you see the green lock, you can be sure that the sensitive data you are communicating is safe.

Analogies between the types of certificates

Let’s start with the analogies. What do Let’s Encrypt and a paid SSL certificate have in common? There are quite a few things in common:

  • Domain name validation
  • 2048-bit RSA encryption key
  • Encryption strength up to 256-bit
  • Connection with HTTPS protocol
  • Removal of the wording “not secure” from the browser bar

From a technical point of view, data encryption works the same way. Both certificates can be used for your website and allow you to use a secure HTTPS connection. Encryption security also does not change.

Differences between the various SSL certificates

There are differences. The SSL Certificates we sell offer features that Let’s Encrypt does not offer:

  • Technical support
  • Guarantees
  • Certificates valid for 1 and 2 years
  • Certificate management tools
  • Secure website seal

Comodo is a commercial certification body. It means that it earns and reinvests some of the profits in support and tools for managing the certificate. Conversely, Let’s Encrypt is free, it cannot afford to offer support, management tools, or guarantees. It means that you will have to take care of everything personally.

For support, it is advisable to use a paid certificate type. We also recommend you to choose the paid SSL certificate when you need to process credit cards on the website.

Guarantees of paid SSL certificates

When seeking web hosting services, it's crucial to ensure the protection of your user's personal data. SSL Certificates serve this purpose, providing a secure channel for data transmission. However, in the unfortunate event of a security breach, your customers may hold you liable.

This is where the guarantees offered by SSL Certificates come into play. These guarantees serve as a safety net, protecting you in situations where the certifying body has made an error in issuing the certificate or in their SSL protocol.

The majority of Domain Validated and Organization Validated certificates offer guarantees starting at $10,000. The guarantee varies with each certificate and can reach up to $1,750,000 with certain certificates. This assurance ensures you won't be left high and dry in the unlikely event of a mishap related to the SSL Certificate.

In conclusion, when you secure your website with an SSL Certificate, you're not only protecting your users' data but also securing your business against potential liabilities.