SSLs and Why You Need One

SSL certificates create an encrypted connection and establish trust.

One of the most important components of online business is creating a trusted environment where potential customers feel confident in making purchases. SSL certificates create a foundation of trust by establishing a secure connection. To ensure visitors their connection is secure, browsers provide visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar.

SSL certificates have a key pair: a public and a private key. These keys work together to establish an encrypted connection. The certificate also contains what is called the “subject,” which is the identity of the certificate/website owner.

Once upon a time, we only needed to apply an SSL certificate to sites that had credit card processings. You've probably noticed on browsers, such as Google Chrome, that some sites will say "Not Secure" in the URL bar for any site that doesn't have an SSL. Even on sites that do not have online ordering.

The browsers are requiring all websites to have an SSL, so in order to be compliant we must add one to yours.

Because SSLs encrypt the data on your website, there are a few steps that we need to take in order to create the files. 

  • if you don't already have an 'admin@...' email address (like, create one. That is the email address where the SSL approval request will be sent. We cannot control where that request is sent so you will need that specific email address.
  • Let us know when this is created so we can submit the approval request
  • Click the link in the email from GeoTrust to approve your SSL

We'll take care of the rest!

There is an annual fee involved in this process. For the initial implementation, we will require that you pay upfront. When it renews, we will invoice you after implementation.