How Do I Purchase an SSL and What Type Is It?
HostGator offers a variety of SSL certificates from Sectigo to be able to meet the many needs of our customers. If you only need to secure a single site, HostGator recommends the Positive SSL for application needs and the Extended Validation certificate for eCommerce needs.
See below for how to order and where to get more information about each certificate.
Where Can I Order an SSL from HostGator?
SSL certificates can be ordered for any type of hosting HostGator offers. HostGator recommends using the methods below in the following order depending on your eligibility:
Please see the description of each ordering method for qualifications.
HostGator Customer Portal
Domains hosted on shared packages may order either a Positive SSLor an Extended Validation SSL via our Customer Portal.
Please view instructions on the following article for specific directions on how to order and manage your SSL directly through your Customer Portal:
HostGator SSL Order Form
Our SSL order form offers a wider range of certificates for domains hosted on a larger variety of hosting types including Windows, reseller, VPS, and Dedicated server packages.
- Windows Personal
- Windows Enterprise
- Dedicated Server
Below you will find a direct link to our SSL order form and an article with detailed instructions on how to use our SSL form:
If you are hosting on a Hatchling, Baby Cloud, Business Cloud, or Optimized WordPress package, or if you need a Multi-Domain SSL, please contact us via phone or Live Chat.
- Baby Cloud
- Business Cloud
- Optimized WordPress
- Multi-Domain SSL
Note: If you are eligible for any of the previous methods for purchasing an SSL, please use them unless you experience an issue.
What Types of SSL are Available?
HostGator is happy to provide the following types of SSL for customers wishing to use secure connections to their sites. Here is an overview of the Sectigo certificates HostGator offers:
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|Price 1 Year||$39.992||$99.99||$119.99||$79.993||$269.99|
- 1 Free for one domain per Linux Business Hosting or Windows Enterprise Hosting package when requested yearly.
- 2 Includes up to 3 domains and installation. Each additional domain raises the annual price by $25. See this article for more information on multi-domain SSLs.
- 3 While the Positive and Sectigo SSL certificates both technically only cover a single domain, HostGator will configure either of these products to cover both yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.com at no extra cost!
What Does a Website With an Installed SSL Certificate Look Like?
One of the most common ways of checking if a website is secured is through its URL. You may notice the https in the address bar, which usually denotes that the website is using an SSL certificate. You will also see the lock icon in the address bar just before the website name. Here is how it may look like on the common browsers we use.
Does it Take Time to Activate an SSL Certificate?
There are a few steps that take place before installing SSL on your website, and one of them is the validation process, especially so for first-time SSL Certificate installations. We also strongly recommend that you renew your SSL before your existing SSL expires so you will have time to fix any unforeseen issues like domain expiration or mismatched WHOIS information.
How Long Do SSL Certificates Last?
The SSL Certificate will be valid for 12 months.
Where Can I Buy a Valid SSL Certificate?
HostGator offers different types of SSL that you can choose from depending on the needs of your website(s) and the type of hosting package you have. You can see more of these SSLs inside your Customer Portal and purchase directly from there.
How to Implement SSL on my WordPress Site using Plugins?
You can force SSL in your WordPress site using plugins available from WordPress. Please visit this article to know more about this plugin. We've also created a video guide to assist you with its activation.