5 Things You Should Know Before Buying an SSL Certificate

Before you fire the trigger on opening your online store, you’ll first need to buy an SSL certificate to securely accept credit card payments. But with so many options and details involved, how do you make the right choice?



No need to worry, it’s a fairly easy decision once you understand a few important details, such as knowing what an SSL certificate is, the difference between free vs. shared SSLs and what level of encryption you need. Still need a hand? Let Volusion’s team of experts help you set up your SSL certificate. So go ahead: get safely selling!

About 

Matt Winn is Volusion’s Senior Brand Manager, where he helps oversee the organization’s branding and communications efforts. Matt has created hundreds of articles, videos and seminars on all things ecommerce, ranging from online marketing to web design and customer experience. Beyond being a certified nerd, Matt is an avid college football fan, enthusiastic home cook and a self-admitted reality TV junkie.

10 Responses to “5 Things You Should Know Before Buying an SSL Certificate”

  1. Ravi S

    What Validation Level should I buy? Domain OR Company? Or does it not matter? Thanks

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    • Matt Winn

      Hey Ravi, thanks for the question. To get you the best answer, would be ideal to get you in touch with one of our Ecommerce Consultants. Would you mind reaching out to them at sales@volusion.com and they’ll get back to you as soon as possible? Thanks!

      Reply
  2. Leonardo

    Hi Matt, if Volusion SSL offers the same 128-Bit encryption as branded SSLs, what is the advantage of opting for the more costly ones such as VeriSign, Geotrust, etc.? -Thank you

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    • Matt Winn

      Hi Leonardo, excellent question. One advantage of opting for a more expensive SSL comes solely from the brand name associated with that certificate. In other words, when a shopper comes to your site and sees an SSL from a well-known provider like VeriSign or GeoTrust, they associate that brand with safety, which can help put them at ease. That same brand association can also give your business a credibility boost, which can help with conversions.

      Long story short, the Volusion SSL offers the exact same levels of protection as those more expensive options, so if affordability is most important to you, that option will work just fine for your needs.

      Hope this helps!

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  3. Maria

    Is Volusion’s SSL dedicated?

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  4. Juan

    Hi Matt, Is it neccesary to have a SSL installed if the payment gateway is by a thirdparty? For example, Bongo international.

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    • Matt Winn

      Hi Juan, I believe what you’re asking is if your site redirects to another site that does the credit card processing, if you need an SSL installed. If that’s the case, then yes, you’ll need to have an SSL installed on your site. Let me know if this is what you’re looking for – happy to help. Thanks!

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  5. Bernice

    I just purchased my SSL from Volusion on Sunday. Do they meet all of these topics you went over? Thanks.

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    • Matt Winn

      Hi Bernice, the Volusion SSL definitely covers all of the pointers given in the video, so you’ll be in good shape. Thanks! -Matt

      Reply

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