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Cheap and simple SSL cert for website?

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by dtokez, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. dtokez

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2009

    Posts: 1,437

    Location: Southampton

    Hi all,

    I think I need to sort out a SSL cert for my website as I am seeing errors and warnings pop up sometimes.

    What's the cheapest and easiest way to implement one?
     
  2. touch

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 28, 2006

    Posts: 10,867

    Location: Sufferlandria

    Cheapest is https://letsencrypt.org/ (it's free)
    but it's not the easiest. The certificates are only valid for 3 months so you need to reissue it often.
    It'll also depend on your host and if they'll let you use your own certificate or not.
     
  3. UberTiger

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 1, 2008

    Posts: 3,099

    Let'sEncrypt should be a piece of cake if you have cpanel installed, just a few clicks to install and it auto renews for you every 3 months.
     
  4. Glanza

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 9,343

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Another vote for Let's Encrypt can't get any cheaper than free.
     
  5. mrbell1984

    Capodecina

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    Posts: 19,642

    Location: UK

    You can, where the company pays you for using their free services. :D As if that would happen though!
     
  6. UberTiger

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 1, 2008

    Posts: 3,099

    Sooo...sponsored SSL certs?

    Pay me to use your SSL cert and I'll put your logo on my site :p
     
  7. touch

    Capodecina

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    Location: Sufferlandria

    Thanks, I didn't know that! Handy feature to have (although I dont use cpanel).
     
  8. Maccy

    Commissario

    Joined: Nov 23, 2004

    Posts: 34,462

    Location: Back in Blighty

    It's available with TSO Host but not via cpanel - only they have control over it. Perhaps another reason to leave them...
     
  9. Shoeyuk

    Gangster

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    Location: Bury St Edmunds

    Lets encrypt is good, also a good git hub project for using on windows servers too :)
     
  10. El Pew

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 1, 2009

    Posts: 1,041

    You can also run your site through Cloudflare, that gives you both CDN (including DDoS protection) and SSL services for free and you don't have to worry about certificate renewals because they do it for you.
     
  11. dtokez

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Southampton

  12. UberTiger

    Mobster

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  13. Beansprout

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jan 31, 2004

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    Location: Plymouth

    Move away from Heart to a modern host who don't use a proprietary, limited control panel. It's easier than you think if you find a good new home! :)

    Any and all cPanel hosts should be providing automatic SSLs - cPanel comes with the feature built-in through Comodo/Sectigo, but the provider can switch to Let's Encrypt instead. No differences between the two really except brand recognition but no visitor will ever know.
     
  14. sithlord

    Hitman

    Joined: Jun 1, 2007

    Posts: 641

    Just tell them to enable AutoSSL for Letscrypt's FREE cert, this will do everything for you on Cpanel.

    Some sneaking hosting companies wont tell you about it as they want to you buy one of their SSL cert offerings.
     
  15. dtokez

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2009

    Posts: 1,437

    Location: Southampton

    Hmmmm, I'm not very impressed with the reply I received from heart...

    From what I can make of that I am forced to use their own SSL?

    Can anyone recommend a decent host? lol
     
  16. touch

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 28, 2006

    Posts: 10,867

    Location: Sufferlandria

    An SSL certificate usually costs around £10-£20 per year (if you're not using a free one). It wouldn't be difficult to find a hosting package + a certificate for less than the £50 that they want to charge you just to add a certificate.

    Check the host review sticky for some recommendations.
     
  17. UberTiger

    Mobster

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    £50 + VAT for a basic SSL cert is a rip off for a simple site these days.

    How much are you paying and for what plan at the moment?
     
  18. sithlord

    Hitman

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    Bit of a rip of £50 for their SSL. How much are you paying for the hosting ?

    Pickaweb will give you a free LetCrypt SSL. Although their customer support is not as good as Simplex webs they are cheap.
     
  19. dtokez

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2009

    Posts: 1,437

    Location: Southampton

    Cheers, I'll check the thread out :)

    Just checked I'm paying £42 a year for the hosting, didn't even include any databases but at the time I signed up then moaned and they stuck one on the account.

    Nice one, I'll check them out. Got to be cheaper than 40 odd quid + the cert. I have a couple of domain names with heart, I guess it wouldn't be too complicated to move to a new host?
     
  20. sithlord

    Hitman

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    Yeah its easy, get hosting service with new company then upload your files.

    Check everything is working... then switch DNS to new hosting. Cancel old one once everything checks out.