What Are SSL Certificates, Domains, and Web Hosting?

by | Jun 24, 2022 | News

Building a website can often seem like a daunting and overwhelming process, especially if you are new to the process and new terminology is thrown your way. So let us, at JR Marketing Group help you, by breaking down the most commonly used jargon by those in our field!

Explaining SSL Certificates

An SSL, or a Secured Sockets Layer, is a small code that encrypts information sent between your computer and a website you are viewing in which a public key will encrypt sensitive information.

This code ensures that hackers do not have access to important personal information, such as credit card numbers and contact details. You can identify whether a webpage has an SSL certificate if you see a small padlock icon next to the domain.

Since the creation of SSL about 25 years ago, there have been many different versions of the technology. The most recent version is TLS (Transport Layer Security). However, since the original name of secure sockets layer was so prevalent, it is still common today.

SSL works by ensuring that any information communicated between end users and websites is impossible to understand. The technology utilises encryption software to scramble data transferred between servers so that hackers are not privy to personal information.

SSL certificates also are great for SEO optimisation because Google ranks websites with SSL certificates higher than those without them. If you build your website with an SSL certificate, you are more likely to receive traffic from Google searches.

There are a few different SSL types: EV SSL (Extended Validation SSL) certificates, OV SSL (Organisation Validation SSL) certificates, DV SSL (Domain Validated SSL certificates), and Wildcard SSL certificates. All range in their security ranking and price levels, depending on the website’s needs.

EV SSL certificates offer the highest level of security and are usually quite expensive. OV SSL certificates also provide a high level of protection because webpages will use OC SSL certificates to encrypt the exchange of financial information. DV SSL certificates offer a low range of security. These certificates come in handy during personal (but not monetary) data exchanges, such as blog posts and ‘Contact Us’ webpages. Lastly, Wildcard SSLs use a variable character or word, allowing the host to offer multiple subdomains within a primary domain.

Website Domains 101

A website’s domain is a direct link to its IP address. However, an IP address is a string of numbers. Therefore, people use domains to make the webpage easier to remember.

A website’s domain, or web address, is like a home’s address in that it identifies how to find a website. A website’s domain should be short and sweet so that it is easily identifiable amongst the millions of other websites on the world wide web.

Where To Host My Website

A host webpage will need to store multiple files. A website’s host server varies in how large the files can be and how many visitors are allowed to view the webpage each month.

A hosting company will arrange for general maintenance, such as backing up files, root configuration, and dealing with server disruptions. They can also help determine the hosting that will work best for your webpage.

Let us help you!

If you are in need of a reliable and affordable agency to assist in the design and development of your website, look no further than JR Marketing Group. Feel free to contact us on 1300 334 590.