What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL Certificates serve three primary functions:
- Secure private information between the web servers and the customers as they browse the site by using encryption.
- Secure the administration console so sensitive passwords, credit card numbers, and customer data cannot be intercepted.
- Provide a Secure Seal on the site that shows your customers that you protect their data and that you are a legitimate company.
What are my options?
Free Shared SSL
By default, AmeriCommerce is installed using our Shared SSL certificate. This is a free service we offer to make sure your site is secure from the beginning. The downside to this is when a customer visits a secure link during checkout, they will be transferred seamlessly to"youstorename.americommerce.com", and back again once they leave the secured area. Also you cannot use a Secure Site Seal with this method. When people click on the SSL logo on their browser, they will see AmeriCommerce online stores as the company owning the certificate.
The AmeriCommerce Automated SSL is a new feature that we are proud to offer from our partnership with Cloudflare. Our Automated SSL feature offers all of our customers a Domain Validated SSL certificate for their custom domain name for a fraction of the price of a standard SSL certificate, while also preventing expiration and renewal problems. Instead of an annual expiration date like other certificates, you can opt-in for this to be added to your monthly plan and never have to worry about renewing or expiration dates.
Your own SSL
If you have your own SSL certificate, customers stay on your domain name the entire time they visit the site.