What is an SSL Certificate?

If you’re running a business website then chances are you’ve come across the idea of getting an SSL certificate. You may even already have one installed on your website. But do you actually know what an SSL certificate does and how it protects you and your visitors?

An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate provides security for online communications, specifically those between your visitors and your website. It allows the visitor to make a secure connection with the server to make sure that no third party can intercept the information that’s being transferred, which is what makes it so important for business websites to have. Without it, hackers could easily get credit card information that a customer would be sending to you to purchase products or services, login information for a bank account, or any other information they may want.

How does it work? When a person tries to connect to a website with an SSL certificate there is what’s called an “SSL handshake” that happens right at the beginning of the connection. The person’s browser will request that the server send the SSL certificate key, which is used to encrypt and decrypt the data that is being transferred. The browser will verify that the key is valid and trusted. After this takes place all of the data that is sent between the browser and the server is encrypted, and only the browser and the computer have the ability to decrypt it using the key that was sent.

Think of it as a code that you and a friend may have had as kids. You write what you want your friend to know in that code, and only your friend knows how to read it because he understands that code. Nobody else who tries to intercept the note will be able to read it because they don’t know what the code is.

How to Choose the Right Web Hosting Provider

If you are searching for a web hosting company you are going to come across articles that will tell you how to pick the perfect web host. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the perfect web host. Every web hosting company has its pros and cons. What you need to do, instead of looking for the perfect web host, is look for the right web host. This article will guide you through how to choose the right web hosting provider.

Technical Specifications

The first thing you’ll need to do is analyze your website and what specifications you’ll need in order to run it successfully. This should be the most important thing because this step is going to define how well (or not well) your website functions. If you pick a web host that doesn’t meet your minimum requirements then you’ll find your website to be down quite often. If you pick a web host that offers way more than you need in terms of resources then you’ll probably be paying much more than you have to be.

Price/Value

Everyone has a budget, and everyone is looking for a good deal. There are good deals to be found on web hosting, but you shouldn’t prioritize finding a cheap host over finding one that works well for you. That’s why I would say it’s more important to look at a value of a host. What do they offer for their price compared to another web host? If web host A offers twice as many features for $1 or $2 more then it may be worth it for you to choose that host.

Technical Support & Customer Service

Whether you’re new to web hosting or a seasoned veteran, there will always be something you’ll need help with. When that time comes it will be nice to know that there is someone on the other end of a phone that will be able to help you out. A great customer support team could mean the difference between website success and failure.

Always keep in mind that whatever web host is right for someone else might not be the best option for you. Every website has different specifications and needs, and while certain customers may have great experiences with a host, that host might not fit what you need.

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