What is Wildcard SSL?
A Wildcard SSL Certificate is a type of SSL that enables SSL encryption on your domain and multiple subdomains using a single certificate. Subdomains on the certificate must all share the same primary domain.
For instance, example.com, www.example.com, blog.example.com, store.example.com, and billing.example.com could all be secured using the same wildcard SSL as they all use the same primary domain. However, billing.yoursitesdomain.com could not be used with this certificate, as it is using a different primary domain.
HostGator is pleased to offer Sectigo's Positive Wildcard SSL.
HostGator offers SSL certificates from Sectigo, providing a range of options to secure and protect your sites.
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Features of the Positive Wildcard SSL
The Positive Wildcard SSL offers 2048-bit signatures and up to 256-bit encryption to protect your domain and its unlimited subdomains.
- Affordability. The Positive Wildcard is only $119.99 per year and can be purchased for up to two years. Installation is free (to cover your primary domain and your first five subdomains - additional subdomains are $5 each for installation) and Sectigo backs the Positive Wildcard SSL with a $10,000 limited warranty!
- Cost-effective. You get to secure all your subdomains and its primary domain using only one SSL Certificate.
- Simple management of SSL certificates. Using this type of SSL, you get to manage your domain and all its subdomains’ SSL in one place since you will be using only one certificate to cover all of them. You do not need to worry about different renewal dates and multiple installations for this type of SSL. You also get to validate only the main domain - subdomain validation is not necessary.
- Installation costs. Since this type of SSL covers all your domains and its subdomains, there are fewer expenses when it comes to installation. You get to have free installation for your first five subdomains and a $5 installation fee for the additional subdomains. This is definitely a more affordable option than purchasing another SSL to cover another subdomain.
Subdomain Reissuing for Sectigo
Each time you wish to have an additional subdomain load securely with https, the virtual host entries for the subdomain need to be added manually by our administrators. This is true even for new subdomains created through cPanel. Anytime you would like a new subdomain to load securely with the Wildcard SSL, a re-issue request via phone or Live Chat will be necessary in order for it to work correctly.
We can also install this type of SSL on multiple servers. The fee is $25 for each additional server, with a limit of 100 servers maximum.
For installing a Wildcard SSL purchased elsewhere, we charge $25 + $5 for each additional subdomain after the first 5. However, we install this for free on a HostGator managed dedicated server plan.
How to Order a Positive Wildcard SSL?
- To purchase, you need to get access to this form. It will prompt you to log into your Customer Portal.
- Select the Positive Wildcard SSL radio button.
- Fill out the necessary information on that page.
- Put a checkmark on the two checkboxes to authorize the non-refundable charge and to confirm the subscriber agreement.
- Click Order SSL.
When Would You Need a Wildcard SSL?
- The Wildcard SSL is usually used by website developers who use subdomains as their testing environment. It gives them the freedom to deploy applications on a testing site that are secured.
- This type of SSL is also being used by businesses that wish to set up separate web spaces for their business sites. For example, a company’s blog site which may be suited for another kind of theme or concept for their business use, thus the use of a subdomain. Another one is for marketing purposes, where the subdomains can act as separate entities and achieve their rankings.
Why Would You Use a Wildcard Certificate Over a Multi-Domain SSL Certificate?
- If you only need one domain but would need multiple subdomains for any purpose as demonstrated above or there is a possibility of you adding more subdomains in the future, then the WIldcard SSL is the ideal type of SSL for you.
- If you have top-level domains and want all of them secured (including their five subdomains, if you have one), then the Multi-Domain SSL is preferable as it's more cost-effective.