What is an SSL certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is a protocol that secures transactions between your website and the user. This way, it is impossible for malicious people and organisations to intercept important data such as credit card numbers and personal information. An SSL certificate is a sort of identity card on your website. In this certificate, an officially recognized organisation (Comodo, Verisign, Tawthe) confirms that the website is secure. Visitors can recognize the presence of a certificate by the padlock icon or the flashy green colour of the address bar that comes with the newest generation of SSL certificates.

An SSL certificate is composed of two parts: a readable text part with data such as your name and an encrypted (unreadable) part with your digital signature and a public key that confirms your authority. The main benefits of purchasing your own SSL certificate via Combell:

  • 100% secure data transmission
  • 100% compatible with the most popular browsers
  • 100% user-friendly
  • 100% real-time availability of your digital identity

Frequently asked questions about SSL certificates

I need multiple SSL certificates. Do you offer discounts?

If you plan to purchase large quantities of SSL certificates, it is possible to get discounts. Contact our sales department via sales@combell.com or call us on 0800 8 567890 for further information and an offer without obligation.

Am I required to purchase other services from Combell such as hosting or a server?

No. You can also purchase just an SSL certificate from Combell. Your website, domain name or server does not have to be hosted by Combell. Why are you cheaper than if I purchased the SSL certificates directly? Combell resells SSL certificates much cheaper than when you purchase them directly from Thawte, Verisign, Comodo, etc. The reason for this is that we purchase large volumes. This way, we also get better prices and our customers can benefit from this too.

When is my SSL certificate active?

That depends on the type of SSL certificate. Domain validation and organisation validation certificates are usually delivered within a few hours after receipt of your payment. For extended validation certificates, the delivery usually takes up to 10 days. This is due to the fact that several documents have to be completed within your organisation and that additional authenticity checks are carried out.

What is the difference between standard, multi-domain and Wildcard SSL certificates?

Standard SSL certificates are issued for a single domain name, e.g. www.combell.com. Only with Comodo can you also use the certificate free of charge for the domain name without the www, e.g. http://combell.com. A multi-domain certificate can be used for multiple domain names that belong to the same organisation. These multi-domain certificates are issued for a minimum of 3 domain names. Wildcard SSL certificates make it possible to use your certificate for an unlimited number of subdomains (e.g. https://order.combell.com, https://my.combell.com and https://webmail.combell.com).

Is a unique IP address required for SSL?

That is correct. If you install an SSL certificate, you must also have a unique IP address. Combell provides this (paid) option.

Do your certificates work on all browsers?

Most of our certificates work on about all the most common browsers released after 1996. There is an exception for mobile devices such as iPhones, smartphones or BlackBerries. On our website, with the details, it is clearly stated if the certificate supports mobile access.

How long is my SSL certificate valid for?

That depends on the term of your certificate. When you purchase your SSL certificate, you can choose a term. The longer the term, the higher the discount you get. Always think about purchasing your SSL certificate for a longer term. Because when you renew your SSL certificate, you get a new certificate that you have to reinstall on your website, server or application.

What types of SSL certificates are there?

There are 3 types of SSL certificates

Domain validation: Only the domain name is validated. Thus, no information about the owner of the website is included in the certificate. The guarantee is therefore limited. Not recommended for professional applications.
Organisation validation: All the company information is checked and included in the certificate.
Extended validation: A thorough check is performed in order to determine if the holder is the actual owner of the website. This procedure requires administrative work, but gives you and your visitors absolute security. Moreover, this type of SSL certificate is easy to recognise because it colours the address bar green.

So, what certificate is the best? For professional applications, we recommend an organisation validation certificate. If you are still uncertain, feel free to contact our sales department or check out our overview.

Multi-domain validation is more expensive per domain name than Standard domain name validation. So, what is the benefit of it?

A multi-domain certificate makes it possible to add multiple domain names and/or host names. With Standard domain name validation, you cannot add multiple domain names or host names/subdomains to the SSL certificate. Only with a Comodo certificate will you also get a free extra hostname, such as combell.com.

Only one IP address is necessary (Unique IP per SSL) and the setup fee must be paid only once.

Can I rank higher in Google with an SSL certificate?

Google wants to increase security on the Internet. That is why it gives a higher ranking in search results to websites with an SSL certificate (in other words, with https:// in the address bar). So, make sure you beat your competitors to the punch by ordering an SSL certificate now.

(*) If, 6 months after purchase, your web store has not generated 15% more revenue thanks to your EV SSL certificate, all you need to do is send an e-mail to Combell asking for a refund. Do not forget to include some figures as evidence, such as a Google AdWords report or an accounting report, along with a clear explanation. After evaluation of your termination request, the certificate will be cancelled immediately and you will get a refund for your subscription within two weeks.


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