Free Vs Paid SSL Certificates – What You Need to Know?

by | Last Updated Jul 17, 2020 | Awareness | 0 comments

We at Rovity provides an A+ graded SSL certificate to make your website secured with HTTPS, FREE of cost.

You may know that SSL certificates are costly.

So, how can we give SSL certificates for free of cost?

Are we offering something is limited as a trade-off here?

An SSL certificate for your domain considered as a luxury due to its cost, until recently. Getting paid SSL certificates were costly, and still, it is.

But not more. It is FREE here and will be FREE forever.

Free SSL Certificate from Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit.

It is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

Great organisations like Mozilla, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, Akamai are sponsoring Let’s Encrypt, so you know it is not a small world.

Let’s Encrypt typically issues more than 1.5 million certificates per day. They provide HTTPS certificates to over 225 million websites.

Why Let’s Encrypt’s Certificates Are Free?

We want to clarify that Rovity is a web hosting provider who requests, retrieves and deploys SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt; the Certificate Authority.

We do not provide any fee to Let’s Encrypt or any other parties involved in the process.

We have administrative and management costs which we are bearing ourselves. Let’s Encrypt do not charge a fee for their certificates.

Let’s Encrypt is a nonprofit; their mission is to create a more secure and privacy-respecting Web by promoting the widespread adoption of HTTPS.

Their services are Free, Automatic, Secure, Transparent and Open.

It is easy to use so that every website can deploy HTTPS.

What is the Difference Between Free and Expensive SSL Certificate?

Certificate Authorities used to sell certificates for a wholesome amount of money until Let’s Encrypt launched and started issuing SSL Certificates for free.

Let’s Encrypt have faced a lot of scrutinies and even hostility from companies who sell paid SSL certificates and their resellers who also make the vast amount of money out of it.

That is obvious because the free SSL certificates offered by Let’s Encrypt kills the business model of the corporation that sells paid and expensive SSL certificates.

All Certificate Authorities must issue certificates by following the Baseline Requirements; a document set out by the CA/Browser Forum.

Baseline Requirements explains everything that a CA must do to validate the owner of the domain, the validity of the issued certificate and many other restrictions that any CA must adhere to during issuance of certificates.

While fitting is not optional, there is no difference between a certificate issued with a fee or free mentioned in the Baseline Requirements.

Better Encryption

Sales reps and resellers of paid SSL companies argue that the encryption by paid SSL Certificates is superior to the one issued free of cost.

Let’s be clear; Certificates have nothing to do with the encryption of data transmitted. Server configuration and not the certificate handle the encryption of data.

HTTPS is quickly replacing from being a good-to-have to a must-to-have.

SSL is not just for a big e-commerce website.

Even if your site is a static website which contains not even a contact form, you still need to have an SSL on your domain. 

A+ Graded SSL Certificates

As I said, we deploy modern SSL techniques which are at the same strength or better than the paid certificates.

All the domains hosted with Rovity will get A+ from SSL Report by Qualys SSL Labs.

Here is an example.

SSL Report Da Demo

Do you know we offer A+ graded SSL Certificates with advanced encryption methods? That too FREE of Cost!

Read our How to Install SSL Certificates From DirectAdmin guide.

We engineered our cloud infrastructure with Performance, Speed, Scalability and Security in mind.

That’s why we built Rovity with AWS, CloudLinux OS, DirectAdmin and LiteSpeed Web Server.

Come and experience the next generation of shared hosting on the cloud

By Jafar Muhammed

Jafar Muhammed is an advocate of the open web, an open-source contributor, passionate to bring more people online. He is the CEO of Rovity.

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