Why do I need an SSL Certificate?
Every website needs an SSL certificate, which is indicated by that little padlock you see in the address bar next to the URL.
What does SSL stand for? Secure. Socket. Layer. In layman’s terms: It secures your website using encryption. What happens if you don’t have one? Most browsers will show a security warning to users who try to access your website instead of directing them to your homepage. And Google won’t rank you as high, which means less visitors to your website. Most web hosting providers also provide your with SSL certificates but you typically have to pay yearly for an SSL. Some website packages will come with an SSL certificate included or you can also purchase them separately after you purchase your domain and hosting.
SSL Certificate Price Comparison
When comparing the prices for SSL certificates from the big web hosting providers i.e. GoDaddy, BlueHost, FatCow, HostGator etc. they are typically going to cost you around $74.99/yr if you didn’t already purchase one within your hosting plan (often there are limits on these certificates and you still have to renew them every year). But if you want to host domains as part of your business or you have multiple subdomains that you need to secure with an SSL, paying up to $74.99/yr for each domain is going to set you back quite a bit. But don’t worry, there is an easy and cheap solution: install your own SSL certifcate from Namecheap.com for $8.88/yr.
Namecheap SSL Certificates for Only $8.88/yr
Namecheap is a great inexpensive seller of SSL certificates. They make it easy to install your certificate and also provide support if you happen to get stuck. If you navigate to the SSL section of their website, you will see a variety of options for SSL certificates. I recommend using the positiveSSL option which costs $8.88/yr and secures both the www and non www URLs for your domain. There are other options such as the multi-domain which secures up to 3 domains for $22.88/yr. This option can be worth looking into. The only downside is that it doesn’t cover both your www and non www URLs like the positiveSSL.
How to Install your Namecheap.com SSL Certificate:
Follow this link for a step-by-step on how to install your SSL certificate depending on your server type (cPanel etc.).
Once you have installed your SSL certificate, you should see a padlock next the URL of your website in the top search bar of your browser.
Don’t See a Padlock?
If you don’t see the padlock next to your domain, you need to go to WhyNoPadlock.com and do a search on your domain to figure out why your SSL certificate isn’t working properly. They will run diagnostic on your website and provide feedback on why you aren’t seeing the padlock for your domain.