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SSL Overview

An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is issued by a trusted authority for a specific domain or subdomain. It verifies that a secure page is properly encrypted, ensuring that all information passed between a user and the site is private. Having an encrypted store helps boost your conversion rate by increasing shopper confidence. In addition, serving your entire site securely can improve your store’s SEO.

Secure web pages usually display a padlock symbol in the address bar of the browser, and URLs served securely will have a protocol of https instead of http.

Secure domain in the address bar of a web browser (Chrome)

By default, only pages that collect sensitive information (like the sign-up, cart, and checkout pages) are served securely. In addition, BigCommerce also gives you the option to secure your entire site. See Sitewide HTTPS for more information.

How Do I Get an SSL Certificate?

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.

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