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Our free SSL certificates are widely trusted, as they are as secure as the paid ones. We use a domain-validated certificate (a standard SSL) that protects all types of websites. Our free SSL hosting complies with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) to support online payment for eCommerce websites.
Both paid and free SSL certificates provide strong encryption for securely connecting your site and its visitors.
They display essential indicators to show that the website is risk-free – the HTTPS prefix and padlock icon on the address bar of major browsers.
Our SSL certificates are free for a lifetime. We renew them automatically for the convenience of our users. Paid SSL certificates, on the other hand, must be manually renewed monthly or yearly, depending on the SSL providers.
Adding a free SSL certificate to a website can help protect all information shared between that website and its visitors. Our SSL certificates use 256-bit encryption, the industry standard for data protection against unauthorized users.
Online businesses that accept transactions and deal with visitors’ credentials must comply with PCI Security Standards, which require protection with SSL certificates. Without this security feature, the website would put its visitors at risk, and its payment options are limited.
Enabling SSL or TLS protection, your site’s URL will start with HTTPS, and the browser will display a padlock icon. These elements show visitors that your website is risk-free and has an additional layer of security, so the visitors know their credentials and transaction details are safe.
The search engine considers the security and HTTPs prefix of a website as vital parts of a good on-page experience. That’s why Google is most likely to place websites with SSL certificates higher on search results, increasing their visibility and organic traffic.
A website will get a public and private key after acquiring or purchasing an SSL certificate. When users access the website, their browser will request the public key to verify its identity.
If it’s successfully verified, the browser will generate two symmetric keys and send one of them, encrypted by the public key, to the web server. Once the server receives it, it will use its private key to decrypt it. The browser and server can now form an encrypted connection to safely transfer information.
A website with an SSL installation will have multiple indicators on the address bar – a padlock icon and an HTTPS prefix on the website’s URL. Depending on the type of certificate, site owners can also display a site seal to increase trustworthiness.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about SSL/TLS.
An SSL certificate is a digital certificate that enables an encrypted connection every time a web browser contacts an SSL-secured website. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security protocol that establishes an encrypted link between a server and a client. It prevents unauthorized parties from accessing or seeing data exchanged between a site and its visitors. TLS (Transport Layer Security) is just a newer, updated version of the SSL.
SSL certificates are issued by a certificate authority (CA) to a website to authenticate its identity, letting browsers know that the website is secure.
In addition to the security benefits, SSL certificates improve brand trust and SEO rankings. That’s because they signal good website security measures that users and search engines expect.
To check if a website has SSL certificate, check if the browser displays a padlock icon next to the URL and if there’s https:// before the domain name.
There are three types of SSL/TLS certificates according to their domain validation level.
For domain-validated certificates (DV), the certificate authority (CA) will only ask you to verify the domain ownership via email, phone, or DNS record before issuing the certificate.
Organization-validated certificates (OV) have a medium level of validation. Besides domain validation, the CA usually checks documentation that verifies the organization’s name, contact information, and legal status.
Finally, the extended validation certificates (EV) offer the highest level of verification, with the CA conducting extensive background checks to verify the registrant’s location, legal status, and order details.
We can also differentiate SSL certificates based on the number of websites they can protect. Single-domain certificates protect one domain and its subdirectories, wildcard certificates cover a domain and its multiple subdomains, and multi-domain certificates support multiple domains unrelated to each other.
All types of SSL/TLS protection provide the same encryption level. However, some sites may need certificates with higher levels of verification to offer better proof of legitimacy, showcasing they’re a valid business, or to secure multiple domains at once.
You can get SSL certificates for free when you purchase any of Hostinger’s hosting plans. It’s a great option for website owners looking to sign up with a new web hosting provider while sorting out their SSL/TLS certification without additional costs.
Generally, a new SSL certificate will become active in just a few minutes – you just need to install it on the website.
At Hostinger, we offer web hosting with free SSL certificates, so they will be installed automatically on any website you create. If you have further questions about how to get SSL for free, please contact our 24/7 Customer Success team.
To renew an SSL/TLS certificate manually, you have to generate a new SSL certificate signing request (CSR), fill out the form, and install the latest version.
At Hostinger, you don’t need to do it manually, as we offer an automatic renewal feature for our free SSL certificates.
Yes, it does. Website security is an important ranking factor for Google.
Your website has a much higher chance of appearing at the top of the search results if it has enabled SSL.
Yes, you can. As one of the leading hosting providers, we have streamlined the process of installing SSL via the SSL certificate management options available on hPanel.
Simply follow the easy steps in this custom SSL certificate installation guide and increase the security of your website.