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SSL Comparison Chart

By Blane Warrene



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There are numerous threads in the SitePoint forums on the use of ssl and e-commerce. In researching a future column for SitePoint – I cam across this great comparison matrix at SSL Review showing the price, product, stability and several other factors for choosing an ssl certificate.

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When it comes to securing a server or multiple servers – the key is to know your requirements. In some cases, a sophisticated commerce site handling transaction either of great value or in high volume would require an enterprise ready ssl certificate with extensive fraud control. However, a site handling light volumes of low cost transactions could save money by using a certificate from FreeSSL, which offers very economical options.

Finally, for those needing multiple certificates on sub-domains all under one primary domain – the best bet is a wildcard certificate. These enable administrators to setup numerous domains, such as,, and so on, with one ssl certificate.

These range anywhere from $200 and on up. They can be useful if you host many clients, but provide ssl services under one standard domain, giving each client a sub-domain for use of a secure server.

I would look forward to hearing feedback on what has worked for SitePoint readers.

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