SSL Certificate RapidSSL: Easy and Cheap SSL at a Moment's Notice
Whereas a different Certificate Authority may attempt to do many things all at once, RapidSSL Certificates are built for one thing, and one thing only: to provide users with industry-standard 256-bit encryption at an impeccable price. No matter which RapidSSL certificate you choose, you'll always know that you're getting the best bang your buck could provide.
A RapidSSL certificate is issued within minutes of you making a request. Whether it's a Standard SSL or a Wildcard SSL certificate, you'll be provided with your protection suite virtually immediately.
At the same time, RapidSSL certificates come with all the features you might need over time, streamlined and simple to integrate. RapidSSL's unique approach to website security might not afford you all the creature comforts you may find with other CAs, but that's by design.
More than anything else, a RapidSSL SSL certificate is designed to be as cheap as possible without skimping on security. For that reason, RapidSSL's certificates are the go-to solution for individuals with purpose-built websites and/or small and mid-sized businesses. If your only real concern is that you get SSL security at a highly affordable price, RapidSSL should be your first choice.
Domain Validated RapidSSL SSL Certificates
|Product||Lowest Price||Secures||Site Seal||Warranty||Issuance Time|
|RapidSSL Standard||$11.20 / yr|
|Single domain||$10,000||5-15 minutes|
|RapidSSL Wildcard||$99.48 / yr|
|Unlimited subdomains||$5,000||5-15 minutes|
Free RapidSSL Certificates
|Product||Lowest Price||Secures||Site Seal||Warranty||Issuance Time|
|RapidSSL Free Trial||Free||Single domain||-||$5,000||5-15 minutes|
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Are RapidSSL Root Certificates Trusted?
All RapidSSL certificates as of late 2017 feature a Root Certificate and Intermediate Certificates that have been signed by DigiCert. This means that all issued RapidSSL certificates are trusted across the board, with recognition from all the popular client devices, operating systems, and web browsers.
By using DigiCert's Intermediate Certificates, SSL certificates provided by RapidSSL are issued extremely quickly - as soon as the process of Domain Validation is completed. Issuance times are often as short as 5-15 minutes, making RapidSSL very much true to its name.
RapidSSL's selection of SSL/TLS offerings can be issued with two different Root Certificates. SHA-1 for maximum compatibility with older and legacy devices, or SHA-2 if you want to align with the latest security standards of the industry, as well as compatibility with future security solutions.
In practice, this means that a Certificate Authority such as RapidSSL can deploy low-cost security solutions at an extremely rapid pace. As a result, their SSL certificates aren't necessarily loaded with extra features. For the most part, RapidSSL certificates will be either Standard or Wildcard SSL certificate, with all their bases covered. No Multi-Domain, Code, or UCC/SAN coverage, however.
What is RapidSSL?
Originally known as FreeSSL, RapidSSL was established in 2003 in Mountain View, California. The company is currently a subsidiary of GeoTrust, in fact, and one that's been purpose-built to target the lower-priced range of SSL certificate solutions.
Well-deserved web security pedigree where it matters the most
RapidSSL has been operating under a number of different Certificate Authority companies, such as Symantec and DigiCert - in 2010 and 2017, respectively. This means that RapidSSL has got access to top-of-the-line issuance and validation protocols, which results in a variety of security improvements across the board. With DigiCert support, a RapidSSL certificate will provide its user(s) with impeccable security, service, and user support - all of which continue to improve over time.
As a leader in low-cost SSL certificate solutions, RapidSSL has dedicated its time and effort to streamlining and automating the user enrollment process. Authentication is fast, easy, and without any extraneous - and often unnecessary - features bogging the user down.
Enroll, confirm, install - and you're good to go.
Why use RapidSSL?
Still on the fence about getting a RapidSSL certificate? Let us go over some of the things you need to know before making your mind up.
- No paperwork required: complete the validation process online
- SSL certificates are issued within minutes after your Domain Validation is complete
- Access to unlimited free re-issue requests: 24/7, all 365 days of the year
- Affordable installation service available via SSLTrust - if you need it
- Secure both www and non-www versions of your domain with no additional costs
- Install and use your RapidSSL certificate on unlimited servers
- Money-back guarantee or SSL certificate swap, if you want it
- 256-bit encryption for your website and/or service
- RapidSSL Site Seal to increase your trustworthiness
A FREE Static site seal showing that you are Secured by RapidSSL®, which you can place on your website. This is a great way to show visitors you have been validated by a trusted and globally recognisable 3rd Party.
|Key Cryptography||RSA or ECC|
|Minimum Key Size||2048-bit (RSA), 233-bit (ECC)|
|SSL/TLS Encryption||256-bit Encryption|
How can RapidSSL be so cheap?
SSL certificates provided by RapidSSL are every bit as good as any other contemporary certificates delivered by, say, DigiCert. How is it possible, then, that Rapid SSL certificates are sold at such a low, incredibly competitive price point? What makes one type of SSL security better than the other?
For reference, the RapidSSL Standard certificate - which comes with a $10,000 warranty, mind - can be issued within 15 minutes of validation, and it costs less than $10 per year. Perfect for low-traffic e-commerce setups, for example!
The trick with RapidSSL Domain Validated certificates is that they're rather basic when it comes to domain name protection. RapidSSL does not provide Extended Validation for your domain, which means that your site will be fully protected, but without any extra amenities you may otherwise need or want.
We have our team of SSL Experts ready to help with the installation and configuration of your new SSL certificate, RapidSSL or not. We have experienced team members avilable to install on a large range of servers, control panels and platforms. Your domain name will be safe, no matter what.
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Excellent service, Fast setup of our portal and great pricing as well, Thanks for all your help Paul
I was utterly and totally confused, even buying the wrong type of SSL Certificate that I needed. Trying to work out the intricacies of Wildcard SSL for 3 Servers has been a two week adventure into an area of Domain security that I have never had to venture into in the past.Spending money with our registrar for SSL certs was the wrong way to go first up.Once I found SSL Trust, purchasing and setting up SSL was easy, I just didn't know enough about Sub domains and wildcards to get the right one.Emailing SSL Trust to gain assistance and clarity on what I needed on a Friday evening and having the best support and advice come back within the hour was quite simply, refreshing and unexpected. A bit of back and forth between Paul and myself sorted out any questions I had and gave me the instructions to get exactly what I needed - outstanding!Paul organised for the incorrect SSL to be cancelled and credited which was a nice bonus and helped me feel better that I hadn't wasted money on the wrong certificate unlike the registrar who can't cancel or credit.I won't be doing a lot of SSL Certificates in the future but I have found the one company that I will use when I need to, SSL Trust!
We have ordered an code signing certificate from SSLTrust. Validation was a bit tricky in our case (because of reasons not related to SSLTrust), so had to contact support. The service was exceptional and just a local phone call away. We first spoke to Paul - an experienced and knowledgeable person, who was very helpful and friendly. He then followed up with emails and kept an eye on our case, in timely manner. With Paul's help we managed to get this accomplished and get our certificate. I recommend SSLTrust for all Australian customers and will certainly use their service again.
RapidSSL Certificates FAQ
RapidSSL is a GeoTrust subsidiary that specializes in the production and delivery of low-cost SSL certificates with a number of additional goodies, such as a static Site Seal and a money-back guarantee. RapidSSL's certificates are Domain Validated, featuring full 256-bit encryption which means that you get industry-standard web server protection and ultimate browser compatibility at a highly competitive price-point.
RapidSSL is fully trusted and delivers standard security features and encryption algorithms, much as you'd find in DigiCert or GeoTrust products. What's particularly important about RapidSSL's trustworthiness, though, is that they sourced their Root and Intermediate certificates from DigiCert themselves. In practice, this means that you're getting stellar validation, support, and issuance times - at an impeccable cost.
By far the easiest way of installing any SSL certificate is to reach out to our team of experts here at SSLTrust. Depending on your specific device, operating system, and their respective implementations of SSL/TLS technology, the process differs a fair bit.
For those who just want to make use of the RapidSSL offers we've got available - so, ultimate browser compatibility, stellar security, and rapid validation - the easiest way will be to reach out to the SSLTrust support crew.
The vast majority of contemporary SSL certificates are exclusively available via paid offers, but there are timed free options available on the market, too. RapidSSL, for one, offers free SSL certificates for a set amount of time. This means that you've got access to a basic Domain Validation SSL even if you can't immediately afford one.
Of course, it's worth keeping in mind that free Domain Validation SSL certificates will be rather basic, functionality-wise. No Extended Validation, and no Wildcard SSL certificate features. You are, however, still getting the static Site Seal, browser compatibility across the board, security via modern encryption technology, and more. Can't beat the price, either.
All Rapid SSL certificates come with a free static Site Seal, to boot. Whether free or with a cost attached, every RapidSSL certificate issuance will also equip the user with an appropriate Site Seal.
Though RapidSSL keeps its selection of SSL/TLS certificates intentionally slim - with a marked focus on an incredibly competitive price-point - they do, in fact, have RapidSSL Wildcard certificates in store, too. You can get yours right here at SSLTrust, in fact.
Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $268 /yr
Need your SSL certificate in a matter of minutes? Not an issue with this baseline RapidSSL certificate! Featuring 256-bit encryption ready to go as soon as the SSL is up and running, this Domain Validated SSL certificate is a remarkably fast and easy way of getting industry-standard SSL encryption no matter what sort of website you might be running - both www and non-www setups included.
A lightning-fast issuance process comes part and parcel with RapidSSL. Even this low-cost, entry-level SSL certificate will be more than enough protection for most individual and small/mid-size business domain setups. Get the lowest price on the market with all the website security you could wish for - with RapidSSL.
Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $797 /yr
Need to secure your main domain and an unlimited number of sub-domains, too? Look no further than the RapidSSL Wildcard certificate - the ultimate Wildcard SSL for the price-conscious webmaster. The RapidSSL Wildcard is a low-cost way to provide total security across all of your website's sub-domains in one fell swoop.
Apply 256-bit encryption to your entire web server with this certificate. Enjoy ultimate compatibility with all popular web browsers and save money while you're at it! Simultaneously, you'll also enjoy lightning-fast issuance times, industry-standard feature sets - all that, and more at the lowest price per year, far as validation solutions go.
Free SSL Certificate
Free 30 day trial
Would you like to try out an entry-level security solution before splurging on one? Protect your domain and website with one of the most competitive RapidSSL offers on the market: the free SSL certificate from RapidSSL.
The SSL certificates RapidSSL produces and offers for free are not exempt from any amenities the company offers with their paid packages. This SSL certificate features Domain Validation security with 256-bit encryption for the website it is applied to. It even comes with a static Site Seal, all entirely free of any additional charge.