What springs to mind when you hear the word "web server certificate?" The people who're miles away from the nerdy stuff could think that it's some kind of a certificate for a web server. A certificate for a web server? It doesn't make any sense, does it? Well, that's the thing about these terms. They sound sweet and straightforward on the surface but mean something totally different when we peel the layers back. “Web server SSL certificate” is one such term.