What is an SSL certificate, and why do I want it?

When you visit most websites, the information is sent between you and the website is unencrypted, which means anyone listening in on your connection could potentially spy on the data being transmitted between you and the website. This isn’t that important if you are just viewing pages, however if you are transmitting confidential information or passwords, it is important that the connection is secure from snooping. This is where an SSL certificate comes in.

This is done using something called Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to secure the connection. The SSL certificate certifies that the connection is secure and has not been tampered with.

SSL Certificate

How can I tell a site is encrypted and uses a SSL certificate?

You can tell that a site uses SSL because the address in your internet browser will start with https rather than http. A padlock icon will also appear in the address bar, showing that it is secure.

Do I need a SSL certificate?

If you have a simple website which doesn’t collect information from visitors or allow users to log in you probably don’t need a certificate.

We strongly recommend that you use a ssl certificate if your site:

→ is an online shop

→ allows users to log in

→ collects confidential information

If you are unsure if you need one, please contact us and we will let you know what we think.

Call 0131 208 1023

Ordering: How much does it cost?

A SSL enabled site has slightly different hosting requirements from a normal site. In addition to the normal hosting requirements, you will also need to purchase the following for each site you want to secure (annual cost)

→ A dedicated IP address (£25)

→ The security certificate (£39)

If you wish us to get your website SSL ready there will also be a small one-off setup fee of approximately £30. Please note that this fee is a guideline, amount and may vary depending on the type of website you have, however it is rare that we have to charge a higher fee.