The domain names that are secured and the visible indicators presented to your visitors depending on the type of SSL
Certificate you purchuse. The type of certificate also determines the differing levels of vetting the organization
will need to go through. The information below will help you decide on which SSL Certificate best suits your needs.
This is the most common type of SSL and secures a single Fully Qualified Domain Name, activating the
Pad Lock in the visitor's browser. When issued on
www.domain.com this certificate will secure content on both domain.com and www.domain.com.
Otherwise it only secures content for the domain name it was issued on, such as domain.com, blog.domain.com
Wild Card SSL
A Wild Card SSL secures a single Fully Qualified Domain Name and a unlimited number of subdomains using a single SSL
Certificate issued to *.domain.com, activating the Pad Lock
in the browser. This certificate can be used to secure www.domain.com, store.domain.com, blog.domain.com,
etc... but does not secure just domain.com.
This certificate secures a single Fully Qualified Domain Name and different level subdomains using a single SSL
Certificate. Ideal for Unified Communications requirements and Exchange Servers. Secures the domain name it is issued
on or a multi-level subdomain such as sales.north.domain.com, and includes 3 SANs (owa.domain.com,
mail.domain.com and autodiscover.domain.com) free of charge. Additional subject alternative names (SANs) can be
added at an extra cost.
Extended Validation certificates highest assurance level of website trust. Visitors see the
Green Bar and higher trust means more confidence
in your website, and more confidence means more converting visitors to sales. EV SSL is preferred by all major online
brands. Secures both domain.com and www.domain.com.