SSL SECURITY - FINDING YOUR OWN SOLUTION




If you want to setup your own SSL certificate solution, we'll do our best to support you. We've outlined some important information below to help you make the right decision for your business. We've outlined the steps you'll need to take if you want to implement your own SSL, and answered some key questions so you can compare the various solutions on offer.

SSL Security is fast becoming a must, with websites hosted over https now becoming the norm within the online community. Google will soon begin factoring in whether a website is secure or not as part of it's search ranking algorithm, so however you choose to install SSL, you'll have significant business benefits when you do.

https://security.googleblog.com/2018/02/a-secure-web-is-here-to-stay.html 

1. Buy your SSL Certificate
You can buy some SSL certificates for as little as £3.99! However, it's important that you purchase a certificate that suits your business needs. There are a range of certificates available, with vastly different features. The certificates we use with our solution come with an A rating from Qualys SSL Labs (as of 30th May 2018)

Here is a useful article from Global Sign which can help you decide what SSL certificate is right for your business 
https://www.globalsign.com/en/blog/guide-to-choosing-an-ssl-certificate/ 

If you want to purchase your own SSL Certificate we would recommend Global Sign 
https://www.globalsign.com/en/ssl/

2. Send it to us securely

Once you've purchased your SSL Certificate, you'll need to send it to us securely. We recommend purchasing a certificate that can self CSR (certificate signing request). This will enable you to send it to us securely. For more information, you can click this useful article https://www.globalsign.com/en/support/csr/autocsr.php 

3. Get a quote to install the certificate on our servers
Once you've purchased and sent us your certificate, you'll need to get a quote from your Account Manager for us to install the certificate on our server environment,. This will need to be done by one of our senior developers, as for security reasons, only a select few people at Webdadi have access to our server environment. This will be charged on a hourly basis. This will cover the research and development of your bespoke solution, as well as carrying the installation once it's been clearly established what is required. It's important that we ensure whatever solution we implement for you does not affect our existing setup for customers on Webdadi's SSL security. The quote is likely to be 2 hours of senior development time which would be £360 (£180/hour), although this could vary depending on your specific requirements.

4. Sign off the quote
Once you are happy with the quote, please sign it off with your Account Manager. They can then schedule your work with our development team, and let you know when the work will be completed.

5. Renew your certificate
Whenever you want to renew your certificate, your will need to repeat steps 1-4. For security reasons, it's recommended you renew your certificate every year, although Webdadi's solution renews the certificate every 90 days. You will effectively need to pay a setup fee every time a certificate is installed, which could work out progressively more expensive each year compared to Webdadi's solution, depending on your specific requirements.



You can buy some SSL certificates for as little as £3.99! However, it's important that you purchase a certificate that suits your business needs. There are a range of certificates available, with vastly different features. Our certificates come with an A rating from Qualys SSL Labs (as of 30th May 2018)

However, it's important to remember, Webdadi don't charge you for the SSL certificate itself. The money we charge is for the setup of the entire SSL solution, including hosting the certificate on our servers. We'll also go through your website to ensure all of the assets used on the website are delivered over https. This will include third party plugins you may have installed on your website. We'll also go through your VIA Website Edition software to ensure any links used on your website that may have been added correctly over https

It's important to remember, once you've purchased your SSL certificate, you'll still need us to install that certificate on our server environment. Purchasing the certificate is the easy part, it's the installation that we need to charge for.

Here is a useful article from Global Sign which can help you decide what SSL certificate is right for your business https://www.globalsign.com/en/blog/guide-to-choosing-an-ssl-certificate/

If you want to purchase your own SSL Certificate we would recommend the following companies:
https://www.globalsign.com/en/ssl/



We have a team of skilled people, so the technical know how you need isn't an issue.

However, you must remember that installing the certificate still takes time. For security reasons, we don't just make our server environment available to just anyone, so only a select few people at Webdadi have access. We therefore have to charge an hourly rate for the time and expertise of the individual who will be installing your certificate.

In addition, we have to do all the necessary research and due diligence to ensure your certificate can be installed correctly, without compromising the current setups we have in place for all the other customers on Webdadi's own SSL solution. It's never just a ten minute job, we wouldn't be doing our job properly if it was!

You might have great technical knowledge about SSL and know exactly what you need to do from a technical standpoint yourself. You might even have another company that you work with who have explained that SSL is simple and it shouldn't be costing this much.

It's important to remember that our server environment is unique, so whilst you may have a good understanding of the technical requirements to install SSL, you need a complete understanding of Webdadi's server environment and all of it's unique setups before being able to advise on exactly the work that needs to take place.

For security reasons, we can't just make our server environment available to just anyone, only a select few people at Webdadi have access. We therefore have to charge an hourly rate for the time and expertise of these individuals. In addition, we have to do all the necessary research and due diligence to ensure your certificate can be installed correctly, without compromising the current setups we have in place for all the other customers on Webdadi's own SSL solution.

It's never just a ten minute job, we wouldn't be doing our job properly if it was! Doing all of this work takes time, and we need to charge appropriately for the individual's expertise. We will always give you an honest quote for the work required, and one of our senior developers will be able to explain the reasons behind any quote we give you should you request it.


 
Buying your own certificate can be complicated. It will involve you doing your own research, purchasing the appropriate certificate, transferring it to use securely, getting a quote for us to install it on our servers, and then us scheduling and completing the appropriate work.

We are happy to support you in this process, but it could easily work out more expensive. Plus, once you want to renew our certificate, you'll need to go through the whole process again, which will mean a bespoke solution could get progressively more expensive as you'll pay a complete setup fee every time you want to renew your certificate.

Webdadi's solution is designed to keep things simple for you. We understand that this process can seem complicated and quite frankly, a distraction from your day to day business. You don't have to worry about any of the above with us; we'll get your certificate, install it, maintain it, and then renew it every 90 days. Our solution is designed for convenience, so you can concentrate on the most important thing; selling and letting houses.

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