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BigCommerce SSL Certificate Options

An SSL certificate is issued by a trusted third party (like GeoTrust) for a specific domain or subdomain and verifies that a secure web page (like the checkout page) is properly encrypted, ensuring that all information passed between a user and the site is private.

BigCommerce gives you three options for getting an SSL certificate for your custom domain:

Use our free dedicated SSL certificate...

  • All BigCommerce stores with a custom domain (e.g. installed after May 24, 2017 are automatically outfitted with a free, dedicated SSL certificate called Encryption Everywhere.
  • Stores with a custom domain installed before that date can also enable it at any time.

Purchase an SSL certificate from BigCommerce...

  • BigCommerce also offers paid SSL certificates verified by GeoTrust which offer additional security features like site seals, increased purchase protection, and Extended Validation.

Use a third-party SSL certificate...

Stores without a custom domain (e.g. have their secure pages protected using the free BigCommerce shared SSL certificate.

Compare SSL Certificates

Use the guide below to learn about the different features we offer with dedicated SSL certificates. Once you're ready to purchase an SSL certificate, see Installing a BigCommerce SSL Certificate to help walk you through the process.

The following types of SSL certificates are available through BigCommerce:

  • Encryption Everywhere
  • GeoTrust QuickSSL®
  • GeoTrust QuickSSL® Premium
  • GeoTrust True BusinessID with Extended Validation (EV)

BigCommerce SSL certificate comparison

Description of SSL Certificate Features

  • Sitewide https with padlock icon — displays a lock icon in the address bar of the browser on every page. Learn more about Sitewide HTTPS.
  • Green address bar with EV Upgrader — The browser address bar will turn green to indicate an increased level of trust. EV Upgrader is the technology that lets browsers display the green bar with your organization’s name.
  • Site seal
    • Static seal — This is an image that can be placed on your website to show the issuer of your SSL certificate, which can improve consumer confidence.
    • Dynamic seal — This image includes the current time and date to indicate the SSL certificate is valid, and displays information about your website when clicked.
  • Warranty — An SSL certificate warranty offers purchase protection up to a certain dollar amount for your shoppers, giving them peace of mind.
  • Validation type
    • Domain — The certificate issuer ensures your right to use your domain name.
    • Extended Validation (EV) — The certificate issuer ensures your right to use your domain name and thoroughly vets your business to offer maximum protection for consumers.
  • Issued — This is the typical amount of time it takes for this certificate type to be issued and installed.

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