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SSL Certificate Types

By July 7, 2022January 3rd, 2023No Comments

Exactly what is an SSL certificate?

When a website’s identity is verified by an SSL certificate, an encrypted connection is established between the browser and the website. As a result, a TLS connection secured with an SSL certificate guarantees that content sent over the secure connection can only be read or modified by the sender and recipient. An SSL certificate is both a passport and a key. It creates a safe connection between the site owner and the people who visit the site

SSL certificates are issued by certificate authorities. Certificate authorities (CA) are trustworthy organizations that verify the authenticity of a website.

SSL Certificates: The Many Forms

Various levels of validation are available for SSL certificates. The following are the primary categories:

Certificates with Enhanced Validation (EV SSL)

Certificates with Organizational Verification (OV SSL)

Certificates with Domain Validation (DV) (DV SSL)

Wildcard SSL certificates (WC SSL) and certificates that can be used for multiple domains (MD SSL)

 Extensive Testing

Long-term Approval

In terms of price and rank, this is the most prestigious and expensive SSL certificate. High-profile websites that collect data and process payments online are more likely to use this method of payment. The website owner’s information displayed in the address bar makes it easier to tell a legitimate website from a fraudulent one. For a website owner to get an EV SSL certificate, they have to go through a process that verifies their identity. This proves that they are legally allowed to own the domain. Organization EV

SSL certificates have similar trustworthiness because they require a lengthy certification process from the website owner. When a website uses this kind of certificate, the address bar includes information about the website’s owner. Encrypting the user’s sensitive information is the primary goal of the OV SSL certificates (after EV SSLs). Commercial or public-facing websites that exchange customer information must use an OV SSL certificate.


Because the validation process is so simple, Domain Validation SSL certificates offer less assurance and encryption. Simple and affordable, this certificate is one of the best available. Website owners are only required to respond to an email or phone call in order to prove their ownership of the domain. There is no company name in the browser address bar, only HTTPS and a padlock.

Validation Using Unknown Character Sets (Wildcards)

Validation Using Unknown Character Sets (Wildcards)

An unlimited number of subdomains can be protected by a single wildcard SSL certificate. A wildcard SSL certificate is a lot less expensive than buying individual SSL certificates for each subdomain you need to secure. Any valid subdomains that share a base domain name can be protected by a wildcard SSL certificate, which is commonly referred to as an “asterisk.”

Testing across multiple domains

Several domains and/or subdomains can be protected with a Multi-Domain certificate. If you’re looking for a way to combine different TLD-domain combinations, this is the way to do it (Top-Level Domains). For example:,

 There is no built-in support for subdomains in multi-domain certificates by default. If you want to use a single multi-domain certificate to secure both and, you must include both hostnames in the certificate request.

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