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SSL certificates – SSL web hosting

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Are you taking credit card payments & looking for SSL web hosting for your website?

I can take the headache out of configuring & installing an SSL certificate on your site by installing the SSL certificate & doing all the tech stuff to your shared or dedicated server or web hosting on your behalf.

SSL certificate prices

I offer a very competitive SSL certificate install & yearly renew service. Similar to web hosting & domain names, SSL certificates need to be renewed.

SSL Installation

  • Comodo positive SSL certificate installed & configured on an existing web address
  • All existing webpages updated to HTTPS (up to 30 pages)
  • £50 per year

SSL web hosting

  • Dedicated SSL web hosting preconfigured with SSL
  • Free domain name & unlimited bandwidth
  • £99 per year

I use SSL certificates from Comodo, a leading global provider of identity and trust assurance services. SSL web hosting is provided by Creative in Digital a Yorkshire based cloud & web hosting company that I am partner & director in.

Please contact me for further details or to install an SSL certificate on your website.

Further information – whats SSL about?

If you’re not selling products online, taking credit card details, dealing with confidential data or storing private information on your website or database you might think you don’t need to use SSL hosting? Since October 2014 Google has been pushing all website owners to use SSL (HTTPS) connections to their sites even if the site is not dealing with confidential data.

What does a SSL Certificate do then?

httpsIn simple terms SSL secures any data a web user user may input whilst visiting your website, for example any text typed into a contact form or credit card form.

It is possible for a hacker to intercept the data travelling between a website user and a traditional HTTP website ( Installing an SSL certificate effectively scrambles any data shared between the website and the web user. It’s very easy to check if the site you are visiting is SSL secured by the slight change of web address: and the green padlock that appears in the address bar.

Traditionally HTTPS web systems were only used on websites where data sent between the website and a user’s computer was considered to be confidential or at risk of intercepting. For example websites such as banks, or online shops where credit card payments are handled

My website works fine how can Google force me to do anything?

Well for a start Google have begun to force non SSL compliant websites further down the search engine results so over time you may see less traffic to your site, which could potentially mean less sales, enquires or even income.

In December 2014 Google proposed that’s users of its popular web browser Google Chrome could receive a warning from their browser notifying the website user that their data is at risk everytime they visit a non SSL website. I can’t image anything as effective as a pop up warning in your browser from Google to put potential customers from visiting your website, so now is the time to act.

What’s the big deal?

2014 has seen a record number of surveillance & hacking attacks on websites and online/cloud data centres, sometimes from hackers but equally from government surveillance/intelligence agencies. Google is pushing user privacy on the web (despite some dubious privacy T&C’s on their own users data). Currently only about 33% of websites use SSL.

Despite the complexities involved in installing & configuring an SSL, tightening up user data, security & user privacy on the internet is in every web users & website owner’s best interest.

What’s involved in installing an SSL certificate?

Email or postal address verification – Part of the process of creating an SSL certificate is to prove that the website is genuine and has a genuine postal or email address from which the owner can be contacted, different types of SSL certificate perform different checks, from a simple email address verification, to checking the postal address & other more in depth verifications that the company/website is in good standing.

Unique IP Address – SSL secured websites need a unique ip address (a unique computer number similar to a car number plate) most websites working from shared hosting (the most common web hosting) will have the same ip address. However most web hosting companies for a small extra yearly fee will provide a unique fixed ip address.

Install the SSL certificate – Installing the SSL certificate is done via the web hosting control panel provided by your hosting company. The most popular web hosting control panels are Cpanel or Parallels Plesk. Some hosting companies may use a bespoke in-house coded control panel & occasionally I have come across hosting where the SSL certificate can only be installed by the hosting company (typically at very inflated prices).

Updating the webpage urls – Possibly the most time consuming part of installing an SSL is updating each & every webpage urls from http to https eg: must be changed to:

A typical website might include hundreds of links & linkable files, each & every one of which must be updated otherwise when a user visits the site a warning such as “This page includes links from unauthenticated sources”.

Forcing the web browser to use ssl – Installing SSL actually changes your web address slightly & makes your old web address redundant, the final part of installing an SSL certificate is to force users to use the new https domain as opposed to the old non secure http domain. A typical established website might have hundreds of links in from other sites or customer browser bookmarks which will use the old http protocol. It’s important the forward this traffic to the new https web address. This can typically be done using web forwarding / ht access in the web hosting control panel

For further information about using & installing SSL certificates please email me or call +44 (0) 7985 433 090. To buy SSL secured web hosting for your website or for further information about SSL web hosting please visit Creative in Digital