Website Hosting and Design


Can I get my own secure certificate? How?

If you have an account with a dedicated IP address (200 MB or above), you can have your own SSL certificate installed. This means that rather than using our shared certificate for encryption, you can use the standard https method ( to encrypt the connection to any page in your site.

How do I get the certificate?

We will need your official name and address for the certificate, including company name and department. Also, a phone number and email address that will become part of the certificate and is publicly viewable.

If you are having us order the cert for you, that is all you need to do. We will order the certificate on your behalf, at our partner discount. You will receive an email from GeoTrust that you must confirm to compete the order. As soon as you have replied to that email, we will install it.

If you decide to order it, we will generate a CSR (Certificate Signing Request), upon receipt of the information above, for you to use in the order process. You then send us the public and private key (CRT and KEY) files that are generated by the certifying authority and we will install that onto the server and make the appropriate changes to the Apache Configuration.

How much does it cost?

If you have us order (and pay for) the certificate for you, it is $175 installed. This is much cheaper than ordering the equivalent certificate yourself from GeoTrust (The QuickSSL Premium) because of our partnership arrangement with them. If you do feel comfortable and wish to order it yourself, we charge $50 to install it.

We use GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium certificates, and they retail at $199, so going through us is a bargain! There are other certs available with somewhat less compatibility that you can use....this is up to you and could save you a bit more.

These prices are for each installation. Certificates are generally done yearly, but you can get multi-year ones which will obviously save you money over the long term as you avoid the extra $50 installation fee. Each additional year adds $125.

The certificate that you get is yours to keep and is associated with the domain so you are free to change hosts and getting multi-year certificates shouldn't worry you.

Payment for SSL certificates is due in advance of installation if we order them from GeoTrust on your behalf.

Additional feature of GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium Certificate

The GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium Certificate that we order also comes with an intelligent seal to show your customers that your site is secure. Instructions for installing the seal can be found here:

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