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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

The following types of SSL certificates are available through BigCommerce:

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

SSL options

CertificateOne YearTwo Year
Encryption EverywhereFreeFree
GeoTrust QuickSSL®$59.00 USD$106.00 USD
GeoTrust QuickSSL® Premium$149.00 USD$268.00 USD
GeoTrust True BusinessID with Extended Validation (EV)$299.00 USD$538.00 USD

Once you're ready to purchase an SSL certificate, see Installing a BigCommerce SSL Certificate to help walk you through the process.

SSL Certificate Features

BigCommerce SSL certificate comparison

  • 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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