What is an SSL certificate, and why do you need one?

When browsing the web, you’ve probably noticed a small lock indication in the URL navigation bar of your browser. This indicates that a website has an SSL certificate. 

When your business builds a website, it is very important that you have an SSL certificate. 

Here’s how SSL certification works and why it’s so important:

What is an SSL certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It authenticates your website’s identity and proves that your website is secure for visitors. The authorities that issue SSL certificates verify that the website meets specific security standards. 

When a user clicks on your SSL certificate, they will see your name, policy number, and expiration date, as well as the identity of the issuer and your public key information. 

Your SSL issuer will typically provide you with easy instructions to install your certificate, but it can be overwhelming for those who don’t have much technical experience.

What are the different types of SSL certificates?

There are a few different types of SSL certificates. 

  • Standard domain validation, or DV certificates, are most common for personal websites and blogs. 
  • Organization validation, or OV certificates, are for businesses and non-profit organizations. 
  • Finally, extended validation certificates are for e-commerce sites. 

The type you choose will depend on the purpose of your site.

Why are they so important?

Most modern web browsers will tell users when they are visiting a site without an SSL certificate. If you don’t have one, it immediately makes your site look untrustworthy, even if you are a very small business. 

Having an SSL certificate immediately signifies to potential customers that they can trust you.

When building your company’s website, it’s important to work with a web design agency that can handle both the technical and creative sides of web design. 

DG Studio is a one-stop-shop for developing your online web presence. In addition to building beautiful custom websites, we offer technical support, and we also offer branding and online marketing services. Contact us today to learn more about our web services and how they can help your business.