An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate has two main purposes:
If your website requires a user to enter any sort of sensitive information (i.e. passwords, financial or personal information, etc.), you should definitely have an SSL certificate. Some people also obtain SSL certificates to enhance a client’s trust in their company’s online identity and security.
There are a slew of different SSL products out there from a myriad of different vendors, so it can quite confusing as to which one you should be looking at. Generally, there are 4 main considerations when looking at securing an SSL certificate:
Execulink is able to offer SSL certificates through a number of the most recognized Certificate Authorities:
How many different domains and/or host names do you need to secure? The answer to that question will let you know what type of SSL cert to order:
How much vetting of your organization do you want the Certificate Authority (CA) to perform? The following validation levels are available:
How much do you want to spend?
SSL certificates can be ordered (or renewed) through our Sales team. Feel free to reach out by phone (1-877-393-2854) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your options. It is quite helpful if you have some idea about why you want an SSL certificate in the first place, and what features you may be looking for.
A CSR is an encrypted block of text comprised of the following:
A CSR must be generated on the server that the SSL certificate will be installed on. This must be done before an SSL certificate can be ordered.
If your website is hosted with Execulink, we’ll be able to generate the CSR on your behalf. To generate a CSR for any other (non-Execulink) server, you’ll need to reach out to that particular server’s administrator. (There are also a slew of online resources that specify the steps required to generate a CSR on different servers.)
If the SSL certificate was ordered for a website that is hosted on one of Execulink Telecom’s web servers, our web hosting admins will complete the certificate installation for you. If the SSL certificate was ordered for a 3rd party (non-Execulink) server, the installation of the SSL certificate is wholly the responsibility of the administrator of that 3rd party server.