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As a partner or user of the WP Provider platform, you don’t have to worry about SSL certificates.

By default, your website will be equipped with a Let’s Encrypt or ZeroSSL certificate. These certificates meet the requirements when it comes to online security and compatibility with all known browsers.

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Perhaps the answers below will answer your question.

An SSL certificate is a digital certificate used to authenticate the identity of a website and encrypt information sent to the server.

SSL uses a combination of public and private keys to secure data exchanged between a web browser and a web server. The public key is used to encrypt the data, and the private key to decrypt it.

What is the difference between free SSL and a paid SSL certificate?
WP Provider offers free Basic SSL, but also paid SSL certificates. For all our SSL certificates we use the highest encryption, so it is the same. So what is the difference between free Basic SSL and paid SSL certificates?

Encryption and validation
It is important to first mention the two main functions of SSL to clarify the differences.

Encryption ensures that visitors to your website can communicate through a secure, encrypted HTTPS connection.
Validation ensures that someone can assume that the person they are communicating with is really who they say they are. And not just anyone, pretending to be that person or party.

Different types of certificates
Basic SSL, based on Let's Encrypt, offers encryption. The certificate is not attached to any name or organization. Apart from the domain name, there is no further validation. So the control of whether someone or an organization is who they say they are is minimal. Therefore, there is still demand for paid certificates that offer more validation.

With Domain SSL there is only validation at the domain level. It verifies that you have control over the domain you claim to own. This is controlled by the Certificate Authority (CA) and is basically the same as what Let's Encrypt does.

Starting with Organization SSL, it actually looks at company data. The CA verifies that the organization is who it says it is. To do this, the Chamber of Commerce details of the organisation are checked. The Whois also checks whether the domain is registered in the name of the organisation.

What happens with Organisation SSL in terms of validation also happens with Extended SSL. However, this goes a step further. Further company details will be checked and the CA will also contact you. With this certificate you will see the company name in the address bar after issuance. If you have a sole proprietorship, some browsers will also show the name of the owner.

In short, the validation of a paid organisation SSL certificate is more stringent than with free certificates.

There are three main types of SSL certificates: Domain Validated (DV), Organization Validated (OV), and Extended Validation (EV). Domain validated certificates are the simplest and are usually used for personal websites or small businesses. Organization-validated certificates are used by larger companies and require more information to be provided in order to be issued. Extended Validation certificates are the most stringent and require the most information to be provided, but they offer the highest level of security.

SSL certificates usually cost between 10 and 120 per year. The price depends on the type of certificate, its validity period and the level of security it provides.

If your website uses SSL, you will see a padlock icon in your web browser's address bar. You can also check whether an SSL certificate is present by looking at the https:// in the URL.

We renew the SSL certificates in time so there is no interruption.

All websites hosted with us require an SSL certificate. We check this ourselves and we have also forced the security headers so that using no certificate is not possible.If your website does not use SSL, it is possible for someone to intercept the data exchanged between your website and a user's web browser. This would allow them to view or change the data, which could lead to identity theft or other security risks.

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