SSL Certs

Hi, i need to get an SSL cert for my website.

Do they all provide the same service or are there certain things i should look out for, thanks in advance...
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the link(s) Pete. Can you provide a high level overview for newbie as i am still not sure what way to go after reading your link and the comparison link?
Suggest you take a look at
You can get a free cert, so it gives you a chance to play in case you screw anything up.
They also have tutorials for the various Server OS'es

Most people will normally just need a standard SSL, and this is sufficient for CC's as well,
You can go for a validated SSL cert (this is the one that gives you the green address bar) but it is essentially no different than a standard SSL cert.  Though it requires a lot more validation on your side, business, taxation, proof of identity, address etc.
Amazon use a standard SSL and no one complains!

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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
No Points:

The different prices in certificates are based in part on the brand of the certificate and in part the level of background checks.

You will notice that big brand names like or symantec will have higher prices then godaddy.  

Each brand has different levels based on if they automatically verify your domain name or do a more complete background check including your credit/db report and human authorization.

As far as security they all are similar and sometimes the weakest link may be your own server.  I typically  use the least expensive certificate and let my clients know the difference.  If somebody had an ecommerce site that was used nationally and they are not well known, I may  be more likely to suggest using thawte or symantec or the higher level cert's that light up the browser green.  But in most cases, you just need the browser not to throw an error when using htttps.
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Would you recommend adding SSL to every page or just the payments page which it is required for for the payment provider as i have heard Codeignitor sessions have a lot of problems with SSL
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
It depends on the site.  I would of course have script that forces https for my ecommerce pages but I would not have script to force http for the others.  Where I have sites that are mostly forms, I just use https for the entire site.  

As far as having issues with Codeignitor, unless GaryC123 or somebody else monitoring this thread has experience with Codeignitor, it may be a good topic for another question.
Ditto what padas has said.
Look at Google who are moving everything to https, even bog standard searches.
Someone recently told me (on here) to just use https for everything (when I had a session problem) and I resisted - now I'm thinking on it again.

As for CodeIgnitor - that's for a  separate question but in itself has no problems with SSL
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Ok great, thanks guys
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