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EV SSL Certificate


Why Choose an EV SSL?

An extended validation (or EV) SSL certificate offers the same secure connection and strong encryption as other SSLs.

However, EV certificates are designed to provide a higher standard of assurance for visitors by positively authenticating the business behind the domain. The green HTTPS address bar is exclusive to EV SSL certificates and reassures website visitors that they are interacting with a verified business on a secured domain.

HostGator is pleased to offer the Comodo Extended SSL.

HostGator offers SSL certificates from Comodo, providing a range of options to secure and protect your sites.

Features of the Comodo Extended SSL

You can associate one (1) hostname with your Extended Validation SSL Certificate. A hostname can be a domain name (like yoursitesdomain.com) or a subdomain (like secure.yoursitesdomain.com).

The Comodo Extended SSL uses a 2048 bit signature and up to 256 bit encryption to protect both your site and the trust your customers place in you. Installation is free, and Comodo backs the EV SSL with a limited warranty totaling $1,750,000!

The Comodo Extended Validation SSL is only $269.99 per year and can be ordered for up to two years via this form.

Best of all, when people visit your site in secure mode (HTTPS), modern browsers will show a green address bar indicating the highest level of security for an SSL Certificate.

Extended Validation and the Green Address Bar

Before an EV SSL Certificate is issued, we must perform a rigorous validation to ensure that the green HTTPS address bar is only associated with the most trusted organizations.

green bar

Different browsers indicate certificate types differently. Most modern browsers indicate an extended SSL with a green address bar and/or a green lock. Regular SSL certificates are usually displayed as blue or gray instead.

How to Order a Comodo EV SSL

Ordering a Comodo EV SSL certificate from HostGator can take an extended time, sometimes months, due to the verification that is required by the SSL issuer. There is there is no guarantee of when the certificate will be issued.

To help minimize the length of time that it takes for the process we have outlined the required steps of the order below:

Step 1. Check the Domain's WHOIS Contact Information

The WHOIS information listed on the domain requesting the SSL certificate is very important as the data listed here will be what is listed on the certificate.

If your WHOIS does not currently display the information that you would like to have listed on the certificate, you will need to update the WHOIS contact information at your domain’s current registrar.

For domains that have WHOIS Privacy enabled, this can either be disabled or you may provide us with a screenshot of the domain control panel with your contact information.

Please also be aware that the SSL will only list your registered company name. If you would like the DBA listed as well, then it will need to be registered as part of the legal company name.

Due to a new SSL validation methods put into place by our SSL provider, Comodo, we are required to send an email to one of the following addresses to verify your ownership of the domain:

  • admin@example.com
  • administrator@example.com
  • hostmaster@example.com
  • postmaster@example.com
  • webmaster@example.com

Step 2. List your Company on any of the Following Public Facing Directories

Comodo will make a call to a number listed in a publicly facing directory. The following are the preferred directory listings to use:

Step 3. Contact HostGator to Start the Order Process

After you have checked the domain's WHOIS information and have added your company to one of the public directories you will want to contact HostGator via phone or Live Chat to initiate the EV SSL certificate ordering process.

During the contact a ticket will be sent to you to track the order as well as obtain required information, located in the following steps, that Comodo will need to issue the EV SSL certificate.

Step 4. Provide Information Regarding the Comapny

When replying to your HostGator EV SSL order ticket please include as much as possible from the following list

  • DBA (Does Business As):
  • Company Registration Number (UK):
  • DUNS Number:
  • Date of Incorporation (YYYY-MM-DD):
  • Jurisdiction of Incorporation:
  • City / Town:
  • State / Province / County:
  • Country:

    Applicant Representative Details (required for callback)
  • Title:
  • First Name:
  • Last Name:
  • Email Address:
  • Telephone Number:
  • Fax Number:
  • Directory Link:
  • Days and Times you are Available to be Reached at the Number in the Directory Listing:

Step 5. Complete the Following Forms

Depending on how many individuals will be involved in the order process we ask that you fill out one of the two forms listed below:

  1. If one person is to act as Certificate Requester, Certificate Approver and Contract (Subscriber Agreement) Signer, please use the form listed below:
  2. If more than one individual is acting in the roles of Certificate Requester, Certificate Approver and Contract (Subscriber Agreement) Signer please use the form listed below:
In addition to the form listed above, the following form will also need to be filled out and returned
Please note that the information listed on a WHOIS report on your domain must match the information listed in the documentation provided.

After filling out the appropriate forms please add them as an attachment to your EV SSL order ticket.