If your website handles sensitive or private information (such as customer contact details), or you just want to add an extra layer of security to protect from hackers, you can have an SSL certificate installed for your domain name. This allows for website activity to be encrypted so that nobody can 'listen in' to data transferred to and from your website.
With an SSL certificate installed, you can access your site over https - and the user's browser displays a padlock icon to indicate that the data cannot be intercepted. Running over SSL does make your website a little slower though, as the data has to be encrypted and decrypted at each end.
We are able to supply you with a low-cost SSL certificate from GeoTrust (recognised by virtually all browsers), and install it on your hosting account with us. If you have a hosting account with another company, you can also purchase an SSL certificate from us (providing you can supply a 'Certificate Signing Request', and are able to receive e-mail to the domain in question).
To order an SSL certificate for your domain, please fill in the SSL Certificate Order Form.
Please note: in order for an SSL certificate to work, you also need a dedicated IP address for your domain. If you already have a hosting account with us and you order your SSL certificate from us, we will provide a dedicated IP at no extra charge. If you host your site with another company, they will probably charge you extra for a dedicated IP address.
Please also note: An SSL Certificate must be unique to an IP address. You can therefore only have one SSL certificate per hosting account. If you are using addon domains to manage several domains with one hosting account, only one can have an SSL certificate. Even then, if you try to use https on any of the other domains, you will get a browser warning. It is recommended to have a completely separate hosting account for any domain that has an SSL certificate.