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SSL certificate and why have one for your e-commerce website

SSL Certificate: why buy it?
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Let’s have a short discussion about web security and SSL certificates. Why short? Well, because there really is not much to say about this topic unless we go into the nitty gritty of the Internet security, which, we do not want to do at all.

So what is an SSL certificate?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard protocol for transaction security – this protocol creates an encrypted link between your website and your customer’s browser. SSL certificate is a small data file that needs to be installed onto the web server by your hosting provider.

Once installed, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.

When do you need an SSL certificate?

As a website owner the experience of our site visitors is of utmost importance to us That is why, whether you are asking your website visitors to share their personal details with you or planning on having a shop as part of your website, an SSL certificate is an important part of your online set up.

People visiting your website are more likely to feel safe when they see that little padlock sign in the corner of their browser. A safe visitor is a happy visitor when it comes to internet browsing.

As a nice side-effect of buying an SSL certificate, it also improves Google ranking of your site!

Where to buy an SSL certificate?

The best time to buy your SSL certificate is at the point when you register your domain name and pay for a hosting package. You can follow the step-by-step process here with Hosting Ireland, who is our recommended hosting service.

If you already have your website registered, then you can buy an SSL certificate separately from your hosting provider or buy following the link:

https://www.hostingireland.ie/SSL-certificates.php 

As a general rule, I found that the difference in the certificates is in the level of checks undertaken to prove authenticity of the website owner and the number of domains the certificate covers. As your business grows so should the level of your security, but for the initial set up the gasic certificate is more than adequate.

Do feel free to leave your comments below if you have any further questions or would like to share your thoughts or just feel that the information was useful.

Until next time!

SoapsAndRoses

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