What is SSL?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security technology used for establishing an encrypted link between your website and your end user's browser. This encrypted link ensures that all traffic passed between our web servers and the web browser remains private. SSL is an industry standard and used by many websites to protect things like online transactions and customer logins (which without encryption can be easily read).
Why do I need an SSL certificate?
Without an SSL certificate sensitive information being transmitted between our system and your customer's computer (and vice versa) can be easily read. It's obvious that a customer wouldn't want things like their credit card information or personal data being transmitted unencrypted.
An SSL certificate is used to confirm the identity of your website and then setup the encrypted link. Think of it like a form of identification that proves that your website is the real deal. A web browser will check the credentials on the certificate and then contact a certification authority to check it is legitimate. Certificate authorities are the companies that issue SSL certificates.
Most browsers will have the certification authority that Gradwell use recorded in their browser as standard, so there is no extra configuration required. When they browse to a secure part of your website their browser will automatically contact the certification authority we use and check the details on the certificate before setting up a secure link.
What do my customers need to do to use SSL?
Nothing, their web browser will do all the legwork in checking a certificate and setting up a secure connection. Many browsers display an icon (for example a padlock) to show that a secure link has been setup between their browser and your website. However, they do not have to do anything themselves to initiate the secure link.
What type of SSL certificate does Gradwell offer?
As Gradwell offer shared hosting services, we offer shared SSL certificates only. This means that you purchase a SSL directories with us and place the webpages you wish to use SSL in that directory. The certificate will not show your company's name, instead it will show the name of our shared certificate, uk-ssl.com.