General SSL Certificate information

How do I secure my site with SSL on DiscountASP.NET?

To use SSL certificates with your website, you will need the SSL Add-on which is $10/month.  The SSL Add-on includes a unique IP address and a PositiveSSL certificate.

If you want to, you can use a different SSL certificate with the SSL Add-on.  You can purchase other SSL certificates through DiscountASP.NET (listed below) - OR - you can purchase SSL certificates directly from another SSL provider.

How do I get an SSL Certificate?

You have a few options for obtaining an SSL certificate.

(Option I) DiscountASP.NET provides a PositiveSSL Certificate to active accounts with the SSL Add-on.  This is not a shared SSL certificate.  It is specifically for your domain.

(Option II) You can buy other SSL certificates from DiscountASP.NET at a discount compared to the direct price from the SSL provider.

SSL CertificateOur Annual PriceWarranty
PositiveSSLIncluded with SSL Add-on$10,000
RapidSSL Wildcard$209$10,000
GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium$129$500,000
GeoTrust True BusinessID$179$1,250,000
GeoTrust True BusinessID with EV$269$1,500,000
GeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard$499$1,250,000

(Option III) You can purchase an SSL certificate directly from an SSL provider.

Why is there such a difference in the cost of SSL Certificates?

Though the encryption process is similar, the cost difference is typically due to the level of business verification and SSL verification services.  The less expensive SSL certificates will only verify the domain owner via an email exchange.  This type of verification is very quick, taking only a matter of minutes, but it lacks a full business verification.

The professional and more expensive solutions not only verify the domain name owner but they also verify the business legitimacy by checking Dun and Bradstreet numbers (, incorporation documents, DBA documentation, etc.  The more expensive certificates typically also include SSL/business verification seals.

Since a user can click on the SSL Seal and get business verification information along with the SSL verification, they will have extra confidence that the SSL certificate is associated with a professional and legitimate business entity.
The new EV (Extended Validation) certificates turn a portion of the browser address bar green as a visual indication that the web page is secure.

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