Troubleshooting SSL Certificate issues


Last updated on December 12th, 2017 at 05:48 pm

SSL certificates are a must for any website today. Google announced that it awards rankings of websites that do not make use of this online security measure. It is the time that every website, no matter if this is an online shop with secure transactions or just a general business website, gets one of those security certificates. In this article, we will help you apply some troubleshooting SSL certificate issues and get your secure website up and run properly.

SLL certificates on the market

There are many companies offering SSL certificates on the market. Some time ago, the Let’s Encrypt certificate was also released with the mission every website on the net to become secure. Here are some of the most known trusted SSL certificate companies:

  • Comodo
  • GeoTrust
  • DigiCert
  • Entrust
  • GlobalSign
  • GoDaddy
  • Symantec
  • Thawte
  • Trustwave
  • Network Solutions

Each provides different certificate variations with the usual payment period of 1 year and covering Single domain. Some offer Wildcat certificates as well. Hence prices might vary from $49,00 up to $1600,00 and more.

Why there is such difference in price?

Basically, the technical background behind each certificate might slightly vary, depending on what type of coding techniques is used. Another feature might be what exactly this certificate covers, as for example, does it include subdomains, wildcards. Does it just show a green lock or it also has complete company data encrypted in the certificate. Most probably the most price difference making a feature is the insurance that comes with this certificate.

For example, Let’S Encrypt free certificate doesn’t carry any insurance. this means that, if your website running under Let’s Encrypt, gets successfully hacked or some kind of data loss happens, the only one carries a responsibility for this is you. On the other hand, paid certificate options include different insurance amounts. This means that the company selling you the certificate will get actively involved in case your website gets compromised.

Let’s Encrypt – it’s all free

Let’s Encrypt is an FREE option to get and install a security certificate on your website. It is included in more and more web hosting packages by default. These are good news! It means that with just a couple of clicks, you will be able to run your website or blog under SSL.

We will not get into details here how exactly to install Let’s Encrypt. You can read about this in your web host FAQs or Knowledge database. You can also read here more about how to get started.

In this article, we will mention some of the most common SSL troubleshooting experiences that might help you with your Let’s Encrypt certificate or other types of certificates. This is something really to pay attention to and try to reapply in your specific case.

This, of course, depends a lot how you got your certificate – directly from Let’s Encrypt, via your web hosting provider, on what kind of hosting service you are trying to apply the certificate to – shared hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server), Managed or Dedicated Server, etc.

As this article is still in process, come back soon to check the rest of it that we will post soon.


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