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There are three different validation levels and four different types of SSL certificates

There is an SSL certificate that's perfect for every situation. It's all a matter of knowing what you need and finding the right certificate. Fortunately for you, that's our specialty. Before you make the decision to purchase, let's look at the different validation levels and types of SSL certificates.

When we say different types of SSL certificates, we are referring to two distinct categories:

  • Validation Level
  • Certificate Functionality

What is SSL Validation Level?

There are three different validation levels associated with SSL certificates. They represent three different degrees of authentication, with simple domain control validation on one end of the spectrum and a thorough business vetting on the other end. Here are the three validation types:

  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Organization Validation (OV)
  • Extended Validation (EV)

Domain Validation SSL Certificates

Domain Validation SSL or DV SSL represents the base-level for SSL types. These are perfect for websites that just need encryption and nothing more. DV SSL certificates are typically inexpensive and they can be issued within minutes. That's because the validation process is fully automated. Just prove you own your domain and the DV SSL certificate is yours.

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$10.04/yr.
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Organization Validation SSL Certificates

Organization Validation SSL or OV SSL represents the middle ground for SSL certificate types. To obtains OV SSL, your company or organization must undergo light business vetting. This can take up to three business days because someone has to verify your business information. OV SSL displays the same visual indicators as DV SSL, but provides a way for your customers to check your verified business information in the certificate details section.

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$4,105.02
 

Extended Validation SSL Certificates

Extended Validation SSL or EV SSL requires extensive business vetting by Comodo. This may sound like a lot, but it's really not if your business has publicly available records. The EV SSL type activates a unique visual indicator, the green address bar, which displays your organization's name next to the URL in browsers' address bars. EV SSL is proved to boost trust and even conversions.

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Different Types of SSL Certificate Functionality

There are four different types of SSL certificates when it comes to functionality:

  • Single Domain
  • Multi-Domain
  • Wildcard
  • Multi-Domain Wildcard

Single Domain SSL Certificates

As the name suggests, a single domain SSL certificate can only be used on a single domain or IP. This is considered the default SSL certificate type. The DV SSL type is available at all validation levels.

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$10.04/yr.
$230.34
 
$31.40/yr.
$315.74
 
$201.81/yr.
$1,671.22
 
$39.24/yr.
$394.75
 
$77.36/yr.
$683.90
 
$56.05/yr.
$548.32
 
$69.52/yr.
$273.65
 
$223.13/yr.
$647.57
 
$103.49/yr.
$408.54
 
$335.25/yr.
$641.22
 
$794.97/yr.
$1,763.30
 
$1,232.25/yr.
$2,518.02
 

Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL Certificates

This SSL type is a jack-of-all-trades certificate. Multi-Domain Wildcards can encrypt up to 250 different domains and unlimited sub-domains. Unfortunately, it's not available in EV.

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$325.15/yr.
$3,661.93
 
$167.07/yr.
$904.94
 
$167.07/yr.
$1,153.34
 
$167.07/yr.
$904.94
 
$335.25/yr.
$2,434.67
 
$184.57/yr.
$735.57
 

Wildcard SSL Certificates

Wildcards are specifically designed to encrypt one domain and all of its accompanying sub-domains. Unlimited sub-domains. Unfortunately, Wildcards are only available at the DV and OV levels.

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$2,434.67
 
$1,456.50/yr.
$4,105.02
 

Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL Certificates

These are the jack-of-all-trades certificates. Multi-Domain Wildcards can encrypt up to 250 different domains and unlimited sub-domains. Unfortunately, it's not available in EV.

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$335.25/yr.
$2,434.67
 

Want to learn more about the different types of SSL certificates?

Learn more about SSL certificates here.

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