Are you an ecommerce business owner, blogger or own any online entity that deals with customers online? This article is for you!
If you are not familiar with SSL certificate, checkout this article explaining importance of SSL Certificates for any business. In brief, SSL Certificates keeps your visitors or customers safe while browsing and making online transactions and builds confidence of customers towards your business. As there are many types of SSL available in market, I have seen many business owners often makes mistake while buying the right kind of SSL certificates at affordable price and ends it up with choosing unwanted and high cost SSL certificate. Here I am going to provide some secret and useful tips that will help you to save huge money while buying SSL certificate online.
Here are those 5 surprisingly easy ways to save money while you buy SSL Certificates.
#1. Buy only require & suitable SSL certificate for your business:
There are many types of SSL certificates are available in market and each has its own functionality and features. If you choose the wrong type, you will waste your money. Lets for example, If you need to secure only one domain name like www.yoursite.com, then there is no reason to buy wildcard certificate. Same is applies when you buy EV SSL certificate over domain validation SSL because both will provide encryption but EV cost much higher as compare to just domain validation certificate.
When you have to protect many sub-domains on a single domain, Wildcard SSL Certificate is the best option. Suppose your website has sub-domains like mail.yoursite.com, www.yoursite.com, in.yoursite.com, then you can protect all these sub-domains by using a single wildcard certificate. You don’t need to buy a separate certificate for each sub-domain. This way you can save a lot of money.
#2. Compare Prices with Other Sellers (Authorized re-sellers as well)
Don’t be blind while buying SSL Certificates online as there are many SSL certificate authorities offering same types of products. Also check for authorized re-sellers who are selling same certificate at highly discounted price (and they are selling valid certificate which is approved and verified by particular certificate authority). Lets for example, we did detailed blog post on wildcard SSL certificate price comparison and found that SSL2BUY (an authorized reseller of AlphaSSL) offers the cheapest wildcard SSL at just $40/year which is available at $149/year at official website of AlphaSSL. So here i strongly recommend you to check for authorized resellers and compare the price before taking out your money from wallet. It happens many time when certificates are really cheap but the service are not that well. Business owners needs to verify whether they have casual refund policy, customer support and many other important services one should ask for when they are in trouble.
#3. Use Online Coupon Codes:
Once you list out the cheapest SSL certificate providers then it’s time to buy them after reviewing their reviews and support. But remember there are many websites, which offer you discount on buying SSL certificates using Coupon Code from certain providers. So before checkout, enter their coupon code and get more discounts.
#4. Buy Certificate for longer Terms:
If you buy an SSL certificates for more than 1 year, the cost of certificates is further reduced. Usually all the major SSL certificates providers issue these certificates for upto 3 years.
When you buy the AlphaSSL Wildcard certificate from SSL2BUY for 3 years, the cost is reduced to $40 per year.
#5. Use free SSL Certificates:
If you want to experiment with the functionality of SSL certificates, there are some Certificate Authorities like StartCom & CAcert which provide you a free SSL certificates. GlobalSign currently offers free SSL certificates for Open Source Projects, on the condition that the project must be actively maintained.
The biggest disadvantage of their free SSL certificates is that, their certificates are not trusted by the browsers. They trigger a warning to the website user, so these certificates are not recommended for the commercial use.
Moreover for further experiments with SSL certificates, you can become a Certificate Authority yourself. The certificates issued like this are called self-signed certificates. You can implement them in your local intranet & they will provide the same level of security as they work in the internet.
# Try Trial Certificate Before You Buy:
Some SSL certificates providers issue free trial SSL certificates for a limited period of time. These SSL certificates are the best way to understand the functionality & implementation process. So upon their expiry, you can either purchase them or discontinue using SSL. Most of the SSL certificate providers are offering free SSL certificates for a limited time period of 30 days.
What next? just go to Google and start implementing the tips discussed here and save big when you buy ssl certificate for your business. If you are still need any help in selecting one, feel free to ask here by comment with your requirement and we will suggest best possible SSL for you.