SSL ( short for Secure Sockets Layer), is a protocol to secure Internet communication. SSL hosting refers to the web hosting service that offers either paid or free SSL certificate installation and SSL protection on their hosting servers. Almost all online stores and shopping carts nowadays are protected by secure SSL certificate. A shopping website without SSL protection will be at great risk. Your customers won’t trust your web site without an SSL certificate. Online Safety has become so important that according to Gartner Research, nearly 70 percent of online shoppers have terminated an online order because they did not “trust” the transaction.
Are there any FREE SSL hosting?
Normally it will occur a fee to enable SSL for your sites. Because your web hosting service provider needs to pay for SSL certificate. Only those certificate authority (CA) can issue SSL certificate. Some web hosts provide free SSL hosting though, such as Bluehost and Arvixe. But how can they offer free SSL certificate? We will cover this issue at the ending of this article.
What’s the normal price of SSL Hosting?
You can purchase a SSL certificate with a certificate authority (CA). There are many commercial CAs that charge for their services, like Symantec(formerly VeriSign), GeoTrust, RapidSSL. A standard SSL certificate with VeriSign sold for $995 per year. An entry level SSL certificate with VeriSign costs $399 per year. A entry level SSL certificate with GeoTrust (Basic inexpensive encryption) charges for $149 each year, standard business level SSL costs $199 for one year subscription. You can also purchase a SSL certificate with your web hosting as well. Web hosts are usually big SSL resellers, thus you can get great discounts if you buy SSL from a web host. If you already have a valid SSL Certificate, you can contact your hosting provider to install it. Your web host may charge a setup fee. If you do not have a SSL Certificate, and want to purchase it with your web host, they might be able to install it for you on the server without a setup fee. For example, Arvixe hosting charges only $25 each year for a standard SSL certificate plus free installation. You can get free SSL certificate in some business hosting packages, such as the Arvixe business hosting we will talk about below. A lot of decent web hosting service providers now offer shared free SSL certificates to all hosting customers for free.
What is the Best FREE SSL hosting?
Bluehost is the best cheap Free SSL hosting provider. They are famous for fast servers, great reliability. And if you have an online store, shopping cart, or you just want to secure your users’ data, they can provide you the free SSL hosting. Free shared SSL secure servers are available for any hosting accounts (including the cheap starter plan or plus plan) with them. However it is not good for business purpose, as it will redirect your visitors to a separate URL other than your own domain name.
Running a WordPress site? Bluehost offer 1 SSL certificate for free for any web hosting account. See this tutorial to get free SSL certificate for WordPress. You can setup the SSL certificate in cPanel all by yourself. It take a few minutes to activate SSL for your site.
If you have the Prime or Pro Plan (Linux server, $14.95/month), you can request the free private SSL (dedicated SSL) for your website.
Arvixe is another good FREE SSL hosting provider. Arvixe are famous for excellent customer service, flexible hosting plans, great server reliability. Free shared SSL secure servers are available for any hosting accounts with Arvixe. If you buy their business class hosting plans, you are eligible for the Free SSL certificate for life. Their business class hosting for Linux cost $22/month, business class hosting for Windows cost $27/month. Please note that Arvixe provide free SSL hosting and certificate for lifetime which means Arvixe will renew your SSL certificate year after year without renewal fee as long as you use their hosting service. Along with that you can get free Dedicated IP Address for SSL certificate purpose. What’s more, you can also get a Free Domain Name For Life as long as you use and renew the hosting with them. What makes their free SSL hosting even great is the free SSL install, even if your SSL certificate was purchased elsewhere. For example, if you order SSL certificate with a CA somewhere else, they will install your SSL on your sites without any fee!
As we mentioned above, if you buy a SSL certificate with a certificate authority (CA), you may have to pay your web host for installation. Furthermore, SSL installation will require a static IP address which normally costs us $2/mo or more with any hosting companies. All these are offered completely free with their business hosting package by Arvixe web hosting.
Why Shared SSL hosting goes free?
To enable Dedicated SSL on a website, you will need to get an SSL Certificate that identifies you and install it on the server. Free shared SSL certificate on the other end does not require extra configuration as it should be set up on the web server by most quality web hosting service. A Dedicated SSL is not cheap (we have list some of the most SSL certificate authorities and their offer in the upper section of this article, you can go back and check out the price.) and a shared SSL is usually free with many web hosts. Then why should you choose Dedicated SSL other than shared SSL? What’s the advantages of Dedicated SSL over shared SSL? The answer to these two questions could probably clear another issue at the same time: Why Shared SSL hosting are free?
The answer is actually very simple, shared free SSL certificate is normally installed on a sub domain name of your web host not your own. Other than https://yourdomain.com, the URL will redirect from your own domain to some one like https://user123456.yourhostingprovider.com. With e-commerce website, your customers expect to see your domain in the URL without redirection or any browser error warning. Even if visitors can see your site, the shared SSL URL will make customers uncomfortable submitting their credit card information through your website. That’s why most online shopping stores prefer a paid private SSL hosting instead of free shared SSL hosting. Your web host install a Wildcard SSL certificate on a server for all hosting clients to secure their main domain and unlimited number of its subdomains without extra fee. That is the reason why you get free shared SSL hosting. And at the same time, that is why you need private SSL for shopping carts. The shared free SSL certificate is intended to be used in situations where you wish to have a secure connection to the server that is not typically seen by the general public. For example, when logging into the administration area of your website. Private SSL (dedicated SSL) is recommended for e-commerce sites. A free SSL certificate can protect your web pages, scripts, image and other web data as a standard certificate, but by referring visitors to another secured URL other than your domain does not give your website a proffesional business website impression.