Free SSL certificate for site

Started by kumarajite, Jul 06, 2022, 10:46 AM

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kumarajiteTopic starter

Hi there,
I came across a service called "SSL for Free" that offers a free SSL certificate. I'm curious to know how it compares to a paid SSL certificate. My goal is to improve my search engine rankings through the use of SSL, so I'd like to understand how the free certificate may or may not impact this.


Recently, I came across free SSL certificates and while researching, I read that the only truly free service is "Let's Encrypt", and all other options from "SSL for Free" are just middlemen. It's unclear what their incentive is. I looked into purchasing a paid SSL through my personal hosting account, but discovered that I could also install "Let's Encrypt" for free.

I haven't installed it yet, but I am considering it. The validity of the certificate is for 3 months, but my hosting auto-renews it (as per the website). Although "Let's Encrypt" is not supported by Chrome or some other browsers on WinXP, I don't think this is a major issue.


If you are not confused by the limited validity period of such a certificate and the need for constant renewal (it seems after 3 months), then you can try. But in general, such certificates are mainly used by novice "Internet entrepreneurs". Also, if suddenly the update did not happen, you will not even know about it without manually checking, and the site will issue a warning "scaring" customers at this time. :-\


Quote from: kumarajite on Jul 06, 2022, 10:46 AMI put an SSL certificate in order to increase positions in the SEs, how will the free one affect / not affect this?

Paid, or free certificate - it does not matter to search engines. But the absence of any SSL-certificate from the site - it has. Google, for example, will simply ignore such sites in search results. Or put them in the last positions, and show users that actions with such a site are unsafe. Users will be scared, and your site will not be visited.
Settle for a free Let's Encrypt if you do not have an online store with a turnover of the Ali level, or a large financial corporation.
Certificate levels indicate the level of financial risk insurance when conducting transactions through sites protected by SSL encryption.


What is the difference between a free SSL certificate and a paid certificate?
1 Savings
2 their expiration date
Free certificates are relatively short-lived and require constant reissue. For example, the popular Let's Encrypt certificate needs to be reissued every three months.
3 levels of guarantee. The certification authority that issued the free certificate is not responsible for the integrity of the resource on which it is installed. On the other hand, paid digital signatures (OV) allow you to verify the owner of a site. The presence of such guarantees creates high confidence in the site among users and search engines.
4 Have financial guarantees - paid certificates. In case of leakage of user data from a resource on which a paid SSL certificate is installed, the affected party will receive compensation from the certification authority. The amount of the financial guarantee depends on the particular type of certificate.
5. Accessibility Free certificates have a big advantage - accessibility. They are often used for low-budget projects by people who cannot afford paid ones.


SSL certificates come in different types, with the more expensive ones offering greater compensation if someone hacks into the connection. Additionally, the company's name is displayed in the browser when a certificate is clicked on.
There are three types of certificates: DV for domain confirmation, OV for domain and company confirmation, and EV for extended domain and company confirmation.

 Let's Encrypt is a non-profit organization that provides free certificates, which can be obtained through virtual web hosting or by using CloudFlare. Some companies also offer certificates as promotions when purchasing domains or web hosting. For example, Namecheap gave me a certificate for a year when I renewed my domain, but it should be noted that they may close accounts for political reasons if you purchase domains from outside the country.


Free SSL is more economical, but there are some nuances here too. Firstly, such certificates have a very short validity period, and it must be constantly reissued. Secondly, free SSL is more difficult to install. And thirdly, safety. Paid certificates usually provide a guarantee, unlike free ones.


A paid certificate usually has a guarantee, may have documentation in other languages and a turnkey installation from the certificate provider. You will have to tinker with installing the free one, it will need to be renewed more often, and there is a chance that your site may be copied. An SSL certificate is important not only for promotion, but also for the security of website data, especially if customer data is stored on it or payments are made.


If there is no certificate, browsers warn that the site is unstable and attackers can intercept the data that users leave on the site, for example, an email address or a bank card number.
At best, it may look like a crossed-out lock in the address entry line, at worst, the site page will not load at all.

Therefore, if it is not possible to purchase a paid one, be sure to put a free one.

Not all hosters automatically renew a free certificate, although almost all have this function declared, but if you have one or two sites, it is not difficult to track them yourself and renew the certificate in three months. Of course, for greater confidence, paid certificates are more reliable and stable.

The SSL certificate has a positive effect on the ranking of the site by search engines, but there is no difference whether it is paid or not, the main thing is that it is.


I agree with the previous posts about the free SSL-certificate. But there is another side to this issue.
  • How automated is the introduction of a new certificate to your site by the provider. If this is a laborious activity, then every 90 days you will have the pangs of creativity.
  • Attackers may like your site and they will create a mirror with a new free 90-day certificate. This will be bad news for you.
You decide. It all depends on the value of your project.