SSL Certificates

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Increase customer confidence with SSL Certificates from leading certificate authorities. Quickly protect one website with a domain validated SSL, or protect multiple subdomains with a wildcard SSL.

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Starter SSL Certificate

Perfect for personal or hobby sites, and small forums that need basic encryption for things like logins, forms or other non-transactional data.

  • Installation included*
  • Domain Validated
  • Issued in minutes
  • 256-bit encryption
  • $10,000USD warranty
  • Dynamic Site Seal
  • Unlimited server licencing
  • Mobile friendly
  • 99% browser compatibility
  • Issued by Sectigo (formerly Comodo)
  • *with Umbrellar Hosting plans only.
Starts at Per year
excl. GST.
Buy for One Domain Buy for Subdomains

Business SSL Certificate

Affordable protection for small to medium sized businesses. The authentication process for a Business certificate provides extra assurance to your customers that they are dealing with a legitimate business.

  • Installation included*
  • Organisation Validated
  • Issued within 1 week
  • 256-bit encryption
  • Warranty from $10,000USD
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Unlimited server licencing
  • Mobile friendly
  • 99% browser compatibility
  • Issued by Sectigo (formerly Comodo)
  • *with Umbrellar Hosting plans only.
Starts at Per year
excl. GST.
Buy for One Domain Buy for Subdomains

Enterprise SSL Certificate

An Enterprise certificate is proven to boost customer confidence, and a must-have for mid-sized to enterprise websites with transactions for payments, online banking, and ecommerce. If visitor confidence is top-of-mind for you, this is the way to go.

  • Installation included*
  • Extended Validation
  • Green bar
  • Issued within 1 week
  • 256-bit encryption signed with 2048-bit root
  • $1,750,000USD warranty
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Unlimited server licencing
  • Mobile friendly
  • 99% browser compatibility
  • Issued by Sectigo (formerly Comodo)
  • *with Umbrellar Hosting plans only.
Starts at Per year
excl. GST.
Buy for One Domain

Features and Benefits:

Installation Fee Included

Once ordered our technicians will install on your Umbrellar hosting account.

Fast Turnaround

In most cases we will have your SSL certificate installed within 24 hours once it is issued.

Guaranteed Secure

All Umbrellar SSL Certificates are issued by globally trusted and recognised SSL providers.

Supports SEO

An SSL certificate can support your websites keyword rankings.


What is a SSL Certificate?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol that encrypts the information sent between your website and a visitors web browser. This encryption means that a third party cannot intercept and read the information.

 For your site to be able to use the SSL protocol, it needs to have a SSL certificate installed on the web server. 

There are two main online security problems that SSL certificates solve:
Authentication - proving a company's / server's identity online and in so doing create a sense of trust and confidence in using a website.
Encryption - offering protection for the data submitted to a website (or between servers) so that in the event of interception, it will be unintelligible without the unique keyword for decryption.

What kind of SSL Certificate is right for me?

The best SSL Certificate for you will depend on what type of website you have, and what kind of personal information you collect from your visitors.

Starter SSL Certificate is perfect for those with small personal sites, or with forums or membership areas. If you collect personal information such as email addresses or passwords, then your visitors will want to be sure that this information is protected. 

If you run a small-medium business website, then you should consider a Business SSL Certificate. Protecting your customers will also protect your revenue in the long run, so an appropriately validated SSL Certificate is a necessity. This is even more true if you process any e-commerce transactions through your site. 

Both the Starter and Business SSL Certificates also offer a Wildcard option, to allow you to protect multiple subdomains for the cost of just one certificate. This makes managing your SSL Certificates much easier. 

For large businesses, or if your e-commerce site processes a high volume of transactions, or even a lower volume of high value sales, then an Enterprise SSL Certificate is right for you. This is the most exhaustively verified certificate, giving your customers ultimate peace of mind. An Enterprise SSL Certificate will also give your website the 'Green Bar', which is widely recognised throughout the internet as a sign that your website provides the ultimate protection for customer data. 

What do I need to do to get an SSL for my .au domain?

If you want to get an SSL certificate for a .au domain, such as or, then you will need to ensure that one of the following email addresses is configured for your .au domain;


This is because as part of the verification process for SSL, a validation link will be sent to the email address listed on the WHOIS record for the domain, in order to prove you are who you say you are. 

However, the WHOIS information for .au domains does not list the email details. Therefore the verification process will automatically email the 5 default email addresses listed. You will need to ensure that at least one of these addresses is set up for your domain, and you have access to the mailbox. 

Why do I need an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates inspire trust and show visitors that you value their privacy. An SSL Cert protects your customers' sensitive information such as their name, address, password, or credit card number by encrypting the data during transmission from their computer to your web server. 

SSL is the standard for web security, and a SSL Certificate is required by most merchant account services – you'll definitely need one if you plan to accept credit cards on your website.

What are the benefits of having an SSL certificate on my website?

Besides providing protection for your customers, there are other benefits to an SSL Certificate. 

In early August 2014 Google made an announcement that secure websites that use HTTPS, (the information transfer protocol enabled by a SSL certificate), will receive a boost in organic rankings. So your SEO efforts will enjoy a boost as well when you install an SSL. 

To reinforce that security is a top priority for Google, a more recent announcement from them sees sites still using HTTP being 'called out' from January 2017. Chrome browser will begin highlighting non-secured sites (those without an SSL Certificate) with a 'Not Secure' message displayed in the address bar. 

How will people know my website is safe?

Once an SSL Certificate is installed on a site, people will easily be able to see that it is using the secure encryption protocol known as HTTPS. The web address for the site will now begin with https:// instead of the standard http://.

Depending on the type of SSL certificate that you choose for your site, you may also have the 'green bar' in the address bar with a padlock symbol.

Some browsers, including Google Chrome, will also display a padlock icon or the word 'Secure' before your website address in the address bar. 

While most Internet users know to look for those SSL indicators, you can also add a site seal to your website to show visitors your site is verified and secured. 

 Visitors can click the seal to view your certificate's status and details, seeing for themselves that it's safe to send sensitive information to your website. 

What does Domain, Organisation and Extended Validation mean?

Before an SSL certificate can be issued, there is first a verification process that must be completed - this way, your customers know that you are who you say you are. There are 3 different levels of this verification process, each delivering a more comprehensive check.

Domain Validated
A DV certificate is a ‘basic’ SSL certificate, which checks that the applicants name matches the WHOIS data for the domain. This is usually an automated process and the least rigorous validation of the three.

Organisation Validated
With an OV certificate, there is an extra level of validation. As well as confirming that the applicant data matches, there is also a process to check business credentials. This includes the physical address of the business, and any licences they may have.

Extended Validation
The EV certificate is more commonly recognised as the ‘green bar’. This is the most thorough validation process, and as such the EV certificate is the highest level of security available. This process is not automated, and involves full checks of the applicants. Among many other audits, the applicant must prove that they have rights to the domain, and confirm they requested the certificate. Many banks and large brands use an EV certificate.

Do I need a dedicated IP address?

Shared Hosting

In general, most shared hosting plans will not require a dedicated IP address, unless you specifically request one to suit your needs. 

Virtual Machines

If you are only hosting one website and SSL certificate, you do not need an additional IP address. If you are hosting more than one website and SSL certificate on the VPS, you will require an additional IP address for each subsequent SSL certificate request.

How do I purchase a SSL Certificate?

Umbrellar offers a range of SSL certificates issued by Comodo, a leading CA (Certificate Authority) in the world today. Simply look through our SSL certificate options, select the one that you feel is best and select whether you would like to purchase a certificate to protect one domain or multiple sub-domains. 

If you aren't quite sure which certificate is best for you, you can read more in "What kind of SSL Certificate is right for me?", or if you need further help, you can contact our team.