What is Extended Validation SSL?

What is Extended Validation SSL?

Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL), is the top class of SSL certificate that is currently available to website owners, to validate their site identity and to encrypt all data. When you use an EV SSL certificate to protect your site visitors, you are building trust and credibility. Upon landing on your site, the visitor will see that the URL bar has a solid green section to the left, saying the site is completely secure. This has far more visual impact than a standard SSL certificate, which just shows the lock icon.

Upgrade from Standard SSL to Extended Validation SSL

A standard SSL certificate enables full encryption between a web server and a browser session. An EV SSL certificate does exactly the same thing. However, an EV SSL certificate requires that the company using it has been fully validated. This additional commitment to the security of their site visitors, and in keeping personal data safe at all times, has real-world value. It translates into a massive boost in trust.

Why Use an Extended Validation SSL Certificate?

When you use an EV SSL certificate to secure your site, you are telling the world that you take data privacy and cyber security very seriously. And that you want people to know that you are willing to go that extra mile to ensure that their data is kept safe at all times. The visual impact of seeing a fully authenticated and validated SSL certificate light up in the browser URL bar is tangible.

Useful Links:

The Wikipedia entry covering EV SSL certificates

If you lack the technical knowledge to install your own EV SSL certificate on your shared hosting, or VPS hosting, then all you need to do is contact the 365hosts tech support team. They can help you to get your EV SSL certificate up and working rapidly.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates FAQ

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates are the best way there is to ensure that all of the data transmitted and received by your website is 100% secure and encrypted. SSL is a proven technology, instantly recognized by most web users. When a site visitor sees that they are protected by SSL, it builds trust. Below are the answers to many of the questions we are frequently asked about SSL certificates.

Question: Can 365Hosts provide me with an SSL certificate.

Answer: Yes, we can provide a range of both standard SSL certificates as well as EV SSL certificates. Our standard SLL certificates are available at several price points, from budget certificates, to high-impact, top of the range certificates form the likes of Symantec.

Question: Which SSL certificates can 365Hosts provide?

Answer: 365Hosts can offer SSL certificates at various price points, including the following list of vendors and certificates:

  • RapidSSL
  • GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium
  • GeoTrust True BusinessID
  • Symantec Secure Site
  • Symantec Secure Site Pro
  • GeoTrust True Business ID with EV
  • Symantec Secure Site EV
  • Symantec Secure Site Pro EV
  • RapidSSL Wildcard
  • GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium Wildcard
  • GeoTrust True Business ID Wildcard

Question: My domain was purchased from a different registrar, even though it is hosted at 365Hosts, can I still use an SSL certificate?

Answer: Yes, you can. You may need to contact your registrar for some information prior to generating an SSL certificate though.

Question: Can I used a certificate I purchased elsewhere on my site?

Answer: Yes, you can use any SSL certificate purchased from another vendor. We will even install it for you under our free tech support service.

Question: How long does it take to issues an SSL certificate once I have ordered it?

Answer: As long as you can provide all of the required information, it should take no longer than an hour for your SSL certificate to be issued.

Question: What kind of information do I need to provide when I order an SSL certificate?

Answer: It depends on the type of SSL certificate you order, but generally you will need to provide information such as:

  • Domain name
  • Two letter country code (i.e. UK)
  • Number and street
  • City
  • County
  • Postcode
  • Company name
  • Company department
  • Email address
  • Password

Also, you need to make sure that you have an email account set up as webmaster@yourdomain.comwhere yourdomain.com is your own domain name.

Question: Should I use “www” in front of my domain name for my website or not when I install my SSL certificate?

Answer: You need to install your SSL to use either “www” or your plain domain name, so check which is currently being used in your browsers IRL bar.

Question: I have installed an SSL certificate, and now I can access my website, what’s wrong?

Answer: Once you have finished installing your SSL certificate, if you cannot access your website it could mean that you need to updates some DNS records. It is a good idea to check the DNS A records for your domain anyway at this stage, even if your sire is work, to make sure your SSL certificate is installed correctly. You might need to clear your DNS cache to check the DNS changes have taken place. Using Microsoft Windows, you can open a command line and type ipconfig /flushdns to do this. Reload your browser and check your DNS again after you have done this.

Question: Does my hosting plan include a shared SSL certificate?

Answer: Yes, all of our hosting plans come with a shared SSL certificate. Contact the technical support department so that we can help you set this up.

Question: Is it possible to use an SSL certificate on a subdomain of my main domain?

Answer: Yes, there are no restrictions at all on the subdomain you must use for installing an SSL certificate. However, it is important to note that only a wildcard type of certificate is able to work across multiple subdomains and the main domain. If you don’t use a wildcard certificate, you will need to purchase SSL certificates for the main domain, and also any subdomains you want to install a certificate on.

Question: Does installing an SSL certificate have any negative effect upon the performance of my website?

Answer: Yes, there is a slight resource overhead in performing the encryption and decryption of data. Therefore, it is recommended that you only use SSL (HTTPS) on pages that really need it, for example, pages that take financial details, or request private data.

Question: If I change or upgrade my hosting plan, can I still use the same SSL certificate, or will I need to buy a new one?

Answer: As long as you keep the same IP address you can retain your current SSL certificate. If you upgrade your hosting package here at 365Host we can shift your IP address to your new hosting package for a small cost. If you move away from 365Hosts, you can’t take your IP address with you, so you would need to buy a new SSL certificate.

Question: Can a change the domain name that I currently have an active SSL certificate installed for?

Answer: No, your SSL certificate, even a wildcard SSL certificate, is tied to a specific domain. If you want to change the domain name of your site, you will need to purchase a new SSL certificate.

Question: I have just installed a new SSL certificate, and my website is not functioning properly, or only works sometimes, what’s wrong?

Answer: Part of the process of installing an SSL certificate is making some changes to the DNS records of your domain. It can take up to 48 hours for DNS changes to propagate around the world, and your site may not work correctly until this propagation is completed.

365Host will help you install an SSL certificate whether you purchase it from us or not, as part of the managed service we provide. We can also assist you with other hosting add-ons such as email services or website security.

How Do I Transfer My Domain to 365hosts?

The method you need to use, to transfer your domain to 365hosts, differs by the type of TLD to the domain is. General top level TLD such as .org, .net and .com use a different process than .UK domains. Please note, if you are unsure of your ability to complete this process yourself, you can always contact the 365Hosts tech support team for some help.

Preparing to Transfer .COM, .ORG, .NET, Etc.

One thing to note, before following this process, is that when you transfer one of these domains, the domain will need to be renewed as part of the process. So be ready to pay the renewal fee when asked.

There are a number of conditions that must be true, before you can successfully transfer your domain, and these are:

  • Your domain should not have been purchased, or previously transferred with the last 60 days.
  • You have not changed the contact name for the domain registrant in the last 60 days.
  • You have not changed the company name of the domain registrant in the last 60 days.
  • Both the registrant’s email address and the domain admin email address must be valid. Note, you will need access to both of these email accounts.
  • All registration fees are paid and up to date.

How to Begin the Transfer of .COM, .ORG, .NET, Etc.

To transfer your domain away from the registrar that currently manages it, you will need to contact them and do the following:

  1. Ask your registrar to unlock your domain (you may be able to do this yourself if you have access to some form of domain control panel).
  2. As for your EPP code, this will authorise the transfer.
  3. Make sure that both the admin email address and registrant email address are valid, and that you can receive an email to both accounts.
  4. If you currently use whois privacy to protect your identity, you will now need to disable it.

Completing the Transfer of .COM, .ORG, .NET, Etc.

Once you have completed all of the steps above relating to your current domain registrar, you now need to log in to the client area at 365hosts. Once you have, perform the following steps.

  1. 1.    Select Manage Domains
  2. Select Register or Transfer a Domain
  3. Type in the domain name, and then click on the search icon
  4. Once the search has come back with your domain name, select Transfer
  5. Type in the EPP code that your old registrar gave you.
  6. 6.    Select Add to cart
  7. You will then need to pay for the transfer, so check out your basket.
  8. The domain admin contact email address will now receive an email. Open this email, locate the transfer authorisation link and click it.
  9. The website you are taken to when you click the link above, will walk you through the process of completing the next step, follow the instructions.
  10. You transfer is now complete. Approval should be received within 10 days.
  11. Switch whois privacy protection back on once you are sure the domain has been transferred.

How to Transfer .UK Domains

Transferring a .UK domain is a lot simpler than transferring .ORG, .NET, .COM. etc. However, you will still need to make sure you have all of the pre-requisites covered that were detailed in the first section of this knowledgebase article. Once you are sure these are all in order, log in to the client area at 365hosts and perform the following steps:

  1. Select Manage Domains
  2. Select Register or Transfer a Domain
  3. Type in your domain name, and then click on the search icon
  4. Once search returns your domain name, select Transfer
  5. 5.    Get in touch with the old registrar of your domain, and as them if they can change the IPS tag of the domain to 365HOSTS. If your old domain registrar provides you with a domain control panel, you may be able to complete this step yourself. Your transfer is now finished.
  6. If you were using whois privacy protection, you can now enable it again if you wish.

Useful Links:

The ICANN domain transfer policy

The GoDaddy help article on how to transfer a GoDaddy registered domain away from GoDaddy

All of the hosting packages we provide here at 365hosts, come with full technical support. This means that your shared or reseller hosting, and your VPS or dedicated servers, are managed by our server administration team. Our tech support staff can help and advise you on the process of transferring a domain to us.