Sunday, November 14, 2010

How to get a 2yr single root SSL certificate for $10

I recently had to do some shopping for a SSL certificate for my startup Stratismo (I linked to it incase anyone wants to see the actual certificate). Obviously I wanted one that was widely supported and didn't really want to pay a ridiculous amount for it.

So shopping around I landed on RapidSSL's site. RapidSSL has a program where you can switch to them if you have a competitor's certificate. On top of that they also give you a free year. All of this for free. The program details are here:

http://www.rapidssl.com/switch-ssl/index.html


I just happened to have a Comodo certificate so I gave this a test run. The Comodo certificate had some issues because of the number of intermediate certificates I had to include. While this shouldn't cause problems in theory in reality it is just one more thing to deal with.

So what I did was apply for RapidSSL. They ended up giving me one of their SSL certificates for free after verifying I had a Comodo SSL certificate. They also extended the validation by a year so basically I got two years for $10. RapidSSL certificates are also signed by Equifax which is installed on almost every browser.

Overall a great deal.

4 comments:

Click SSL said...

RapidSSL SSL Certificate at Just $15.95 from Clickssl.com.

Nick said...

Just so you know, RapidSSL won't be direct from the root for much longer:
https://knowledge.rapidssl.com/support/ssl-certificate-support/index?page=content&id=AD239

It's bad practice anyway, and is installing intermediates so difficult?

James said...

Is it true that RapidSSL won't be direct from the root for much longer, because I've just purchased a certificate from ssl247.com. I'd be pretty disappointed if that happens to be the case.

MarkAnt98 said...

Thanks for the help, as a small buisness owner, aquiring free ssl cert
ification has been a troublesome task, considering other methods of online distribution has been on my mind for quite a while now. And although protection of customers and sellers alike is paramount, this particular industry seems to have been monopolized somewhat.