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Decibite’s SSL Certificates: Free and Fast

It’s 2019. You Should Not Pay Anyone To Get HTTPS on Your Website.

In 2014, a non-profit called Let’s Encrypt was formed.

Their mission was simple: To provide free encrypted SSL certificates to everyone on the World Wide Web. Let’s Encrypt officially launched in April 2016. 

Three years later and web hosts are still charging you every year for a product that is now free. 

As a part of our commitment to faster web hosting, Decibite not only offers free SSL certificates, we install and auto-renew your SSL certificate for you.

Without Decibite’s help, you will have to manually install your SSL into your server. This takes roughly 10 minutes if you do everything correctly. If not, it takes however much time for you to read and fix the broken code. 

That’s one less headache off of your plate.

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What About Using EV (Extended Validation) and OV (Organization) SSL Certificates?

A common comeback to Let’s Encrypt is that they do not provide an extended validation (EV) certificate and organization validation (OV) certificates. Both are supposed to give more validation (more on that in a moment). Because these two are similar, for simplicity sake the information below will focus on EV certificates. If you are unfamiliar with EVs, they look like this:

Paypal SSL EV Certificate

Whereas a regular domain validated (DV) certificate looks like this:

LetsEncrypt SSL DV Certificate

Microsoft Regional Director Troy Hunt declared on September 2018 that EV SSLs are pointless. [1]

Here’s a simple list of reasons why Hunt declared EV certificates are dead: 

1. Several web browsers have removed the EV green bar visual indicator. 

This includes mobile devices using Chrome on Android or any running on iOS. That’s about two-thirds of all browsers not seeing EV on mobile. 

2. Many large companies do not use EVs. 

Do you recognize any of these companies that do not use EVs?

Large websites without EV SSL certificates

And then there are the top 5 world banks (according to Wikipedia [2]) who don’t use EVs:

large banks without EV SSL certificates

Other big companies without EVs include Netflix, eBay, LinkedIn, National Institute of Health, WebMD, Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Geico Insurance.

3. The latest research on why you should use an EV is biased. 

Comodo attempted to establish the value of EVs by referring to a recent study by DevOps.com. They found that customers are 50% more likely to trust and purchase from a website with a green address bar. 

The study was commissioned by Comodo, which makes the study seem suspect and biased. DevOps.com themselves do not have an EV certificate from Comodo, but a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt.

4. Web browsers that show the green bar for EVs are not always consistently displayed.

Over the years, desktop and mobile web browsers have changed what the EV certificate looks like. Sometimes not even showing this bar at all. If it were important for customers, it’s reasonable the green bar would always show for everyone.

5. You can't get an EV wildcard certificate unless you get a multi-domain certificate.

If you have a subdomain such as “blog.domain.com,” your EV certificate doesn’t cover it. Instead, it will cost you $2,999/year per subdomain.

With Let's Encrypt, you can get a wildcard certificate for free for 90 days. And Decibite automatically renew your certificate before it expires.

If you prefer an SSL with a longer subsricption, Decibite can get you a GeoTrust SSL at $130/year + $30/subdomain.

6. You cannot automate EV renewals like you can with Let’s Encrypt DV renewals.

Microsoft, HSBC, Instagram, and LinkedIn have all failed to renew their SSL certificate before. 

Failing to renew your SSL gives an ugly warning to your customers that your website isn’t private. Decibite automatically renews your SSL through Let’s Encrypt. This also allows us to test and monitor for automation errors in the event something goes wrong.

7. Comodo offers a warranty that may not provide any level of protection to customers.

8. The EV market share of all SSLs has declined by 5%.

If EV certificates were important for security, shouldn’t more companies be using EV certificates? Companies from Shutterstock to Target to UPS to Visa to the UK police have all switched away from the EV certificate.

9. The EV green bar does not always show up in different countries around the world. 

Twitter had an EV certificate. While the EV green bar did not show up in Australia, it would in Germany and the Netherlands.

Twitter SSL EV

So if customers buy your product in another country, they may not even know you have an EV certificate.

10. Websites Comodo promotes having EV certificates have switched to the free SSL with Let’s Encrypt.

These examples include ExcaliburCutlery.com and MostlyDead.com.

1 - Hunt, Troy. “Extended Validation Certificates Are Dead.” TroyHunt.com, 18 Sept. 2018, www.troyhunt.com/extended-validation-certificates-are-dead/.

2 - "List of Largest Banks." Wikipedia. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_banks.

How Do I Get a Free SSL Certificate Setup and Installed? Can You Install an SSL on My WordPress Website?

So you’re convinced an SSL certificate should be free.  

What does it take to get a free SSL certificate on your website and install it? You can get a free SSL certificate with most of our competitors, but you have to set this up yourself. And once your 90-day renewal is up, you will need to go through the process again. 

Decibite installs your SSL and automagically renews your certificate for free.  

Here’s a comparison of the process setting up an SSL certificate between GoDaddy and Decibite: 

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GoDaddy vs Decibite

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GoDaddy

  1. Buy a hosting plan from Decibite.
  2. Sip an ice-cold latte while Decibite does the work for you.
  3. Reward yourself with a round of golf at your local country club. Which will be less expensive than paying GoDaddy for an SSL certificate. And it may lead to closing some new deals too.
    1. Go to https://zerossl.com/.
    2. Use the FREE SSL Certificate Wizard.
    3. On the right-hand side, you have a field called "Domains", add your domains and subdomains.
    4. Accept the ZeroSSL TOS & Let's Encrypt SA and click Next.
    5. Wait for ZeroSSL to generate a CSR (Certificate Signing Request).
    6. Click on the download button to create a backup and click "Next."
    7. Wait for ZeroSSL to generate your Account Key.
    8. Download the Account Key and click on the "Next" button.
    9. Download the two text files (.txt).
    10. Head to your cPanel and click on "File Manager" and go to your root folder. If you are doing this for an addon domain, then just go to the root of that domain.
    11. In the root folder, create a new folder .well-known and inside it create an acme-challenge folder.
    12. Upload the two .txt files inside the acme-challenge folder.
    13. Go back to ZeroSSL, and click on the link indicated in the file.
    14. If it returns you a page with numbers & characters, you are good to go. If not then check that the URL path contains mydomain.com/.well-known/acme-challenge and that the string of numbers & words is the same as on ZeroSSL.
    15. Download the CRT & Private key.
    16. Go to cPanel and find SSL or TLS and click on it.
    17. Click on Manage SSL on your site.
    18. Select the domain you want to install the SSL certificate on.
    19. For other fields, go back to ZeroSSL and copy the CRT and paste it into CRT field in cPanel.
    20. Copy the Certificate Authority Bundle from CRT and paste it in the 3rd field.
    21. Go to ZeroSSL and copy private key.
    22. In cPanel, paste the private key in the 2nd field.
    23. At the bottom of the page click on "install certificate."
    24. Test that your SSL works by adding https:// in front of your domain. You should see the green padlock in front of your URL. If you get a padlock with yellow or red, you entered something incorrectly.
    25. Go to cPanel and click on the file manager.
    26. On the root folder, create a new file called ".htaccess" or edit it if it already exists.
    27. In .htaccess file, add below code and hit save:

      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
      RewriteRule ^(.*)$
      https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}
      [L,R=301]
    28. Test that this worked by typing http://mydomain.com. You will know it works because it will automatically change to https://mydomain.com.
    29. Repeat steps 1-28 every 90 days. Why? Because Let's Encrypt certificates are only valid for 90 days and GoDaddy does not support auto-install on cPanel hosting accounts. If you fail to renew your certificate, your website will show a security error.

    Want to secure your website for free, but don’t want to do all of this extra work? 

    Switch to Decibite for your hosting and we’ll do the work for you. 

    How Do I Get a Free SSL Certificate Setup and Installed? Can You Install an SSL on My WordPress Website?

    So you’re convinced an SSL certificate should be free. What does it take to get a free SSL certificate on your website and install it? You can get a free SSL certificate with most of our competitors, but you have to set this up yourself. And once your 90-day renewal is up, you will need to go through the process again. Decibite installs your SSL and automagically renews your certificate for free. Here’s a comparison of the process setting up an SSL certificate between GoDaddy and Decibite: 

    Decibite

    1. Buy a hosting plan from Decibite.
    2. Sip an ice-cold latte while Decibite does the work for you.
    3. Reward yourself with a round of golf at your local country club. Which will be less expensive than paying GoDaddy for an SSL certificate. And it may lead to closing some new deals too.

      GoDaddy

      1. Go to https://zerossl.com/.
      2. Use the FREE SSL Certificate Wizard.
      3. On the right-hand side, you have a field called "Domains", add your domains and subdomains.
      4. Accept the ZeroSSL TOS & Let's Encrypt SA and click Next.
      5. Wait for ZeroSSL to generate a CSR (Certificate Signing Request).
      6. Click on the download button to create a backup and click "Next."
      7. Wait for ZeroSSL to generate your Account Key.
      8. Download the Account Key and click on the "Next" button.
      9. Download the two text files (.txt).
      10. Head to your cPanel and click on "File Manager" and go to your root folder. If you are doing this for an addon domain, then just go to the root of that domain.
      11. In the root folder, create a new folder .well-known and inside it create an acme-challenge folder.
      12. Upload the two .txt files inside the acme-challenge folder.
      13. Go back to ZeroSSL, and click on the link indicated in the file.
      14. If it returns you a page with numbers & characters, you are good to go. If not then check that the URL path contains mydomain.com/.well-known/acme-challenge and that the string of numbers & words is the same as on ZeroSSL.
      15. Download the CRT & Private key.
      16. Go to cPanel and find SSL or TLS and click on it.
      17. Click on Manage SSL on your site.
      18. Select the domain you want to install the SSL certificate on.
      19. For other fields, go back to ZeroSSL and copy the CRT and paste it into CRT field in cPanel.
      20. Copy the Certificate Authority Bundle from CRT and paste it in the 3rd field.
      21. Go to ZeroSSL and copy private key.
      22. In cPanel, paste the private key in the 2nd field.
      23. At the bottom of the page click on "install certificate."
      24. Test that your SSL works by adding https:// in front of your domain. You should see the green padlock in front of your URL. If you get a padlock with yellow or red, you entered something incorrectly.
      25. Go to cPanel and click on the file manager.
      26. On the root folder, create a new file called ".htaccess" or edit it if it already exists.
      27. In .htaccess file, add below code and hit save:

        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
        RewriteRule ^(.*)$
        https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}
        [L,R=301]
      28. Test that this worked by typing http://mydomain.com. You will know it works because it will automatically change to https://mydomain.com.
      29. Repeat steps 1-28 every 90 days. Why? Because Let's Encrypt certificates are only valid for 90 days and GoDaddy does not support auto-install on cPanel hosting accounts. If you fail to renew your certificate, your website will show a security error.

      Want to secure your website for free, but don’t want to do all of this extra work? 

      Switch to Decibite for your hosting and we’ll do the work for you. 

      Other Frequently Asked Questions

      What About Wildcard SSL Certificate? Do I Need That to Protect My Subdomains?

      A wildcard SSL certificate protects all of your subdomains. Common subdomains websites often use include: 

      • www.domain.com
      • A subdomain for sending or receiving emails, such as mail.domain.com or webmail.domain.com. 
      • A subdomain for remote access, such as remote.domain.com 
      • A subdomain for your blog, such as blog.domain.com 
      • A subdomain for landing pages, such as try.domain.com or get.domain.com 
      • A subdomain for mobile pages, such as m.domain.com 

      Decibite uses Let’s Encrypt to protect all of your subdomains for free.  

      How Much Does an SSL Certificate Cost If I Bought from a Competitor?

      The cost of an SSL certificate depends on several purchasing factors. This includes, but is not limited to:

      • The type of SSL certificate (DV SSL, OV SSL, or EV SSL).
      • The number of websites you can use on the same SSL certificate.
      • The number of subdomains you can use on the same SSL certificate.
      • The company issuing the SSL certificate.
      • The speed to "authenticate" the website.
      • The number of years you buy at one time.
      • The warranty value.


      As mentioned before, a free SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt solve all of these factors, except possibly the warranty.

      An SSL warranty is issued to the customers o the website. Let's say you give your credit card details to a website that's verified and offers a warranty. If the fraudulent site takes money from you, then you can use the warranty to claim back the money you lost. However, this does not apply to phising websites, such as if you went to "paypal.com.scammer.org."

      There is no known case of a company benefitting from a warranty.

      Here is a list of Decibite competitors, and what they each charge for SSL certificates:

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