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Old 02-28-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default SSL certificate

I have a website that is using a shared SSL certificate owned by my host
Is that a mistake

Are customers going to wonder when they see an address other than mine
in the address of the order form
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:42 PM   #2

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It's definitely better to use your own, and they're cheap to purchase these days.

That said, if the host uses a generic domain for this, like safe-order.com or secure-gateway.com and as long as your transaction pages are co-branded well, your customers may not notice the difference. You'll still have the SSL padlock and a branded cart, so the damage could be minimal.

That said, everything you can do to make your customers more comfortable with the transaction process is giong to enhance your conversion rates, so try to secure a dedicated cert if you can. Your host may eve be able to help set this up for you for a minimal fee.

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Old 03-02-2006, 06:58 AM   #3
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Can someone explain to me more about SSL? What i knew is that it is some sort of encryption software that makes your website secure while doing online transactions.

So, what do you mean by purchasing it? You can't own a software that (i am guessing) is patented, right? Also, what do you mean by sharing an SSL certificate? Does that make your transaction less secure then?
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Old 03-02-2006, 07:14 AM   #4

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tomattomat, you asked a lot of very interesting questions. Here is something that will give you a lot better understanding of SSL certificates. It is a pdf file from GoDaddy. They do make an effort to do some selling, but it also contains a lot of useful information.


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Old 03-03-2006, 08:00 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot, Larwee. That was a very interesting description for SSL. It is clearer to me now.
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