An SSL Certificate does 2 things: a. Encrypt the information sent from your user’s browser to your website b. Authenticate your website’s identity.
By doing these 2 things, an SSL Certificate protects your customers and in turn increases their trust in your online business. This is especially important if your website requires users to login using passwords or enter sensitive information such as credit card details.
An SSL Certificate is a digital certificate issued for a domain by a central authority called the Certificate Authority. To be issued an SSL Certificate, you must purchase an SSL Certificate and then go through a verification process conducted by the Certificate Authority.
To put it simply, it will give you a green padlock next to your domain name. You’ll also notice that your URL will be https:// rather than http://
Some of this might be a little complicated. Here’s some basic definitions to help you get started:
Storage Space – Storage space is the amount of space you’re allotted on the server. You can think of it as your own personal hard drive on that server. Files on your website, pictures, email and anything else associated with your website.
Bandwidth – Bandwidth is the amount of data that is able to be transferred (usually per month.) For example, the home page of I Heart Blank is a little less than 1MB. That means, anytime someone comes to I Heart Blank they are transferring 1MB of bandwidth.
Computer Measurements – KB (Kilobyte,) MB(Megabyte,) GB (Gigabyte) – ‘bytes’ are measurements of files. They measure how big or small a file is on your system. The size of your storage space is measure this way. The measurements (pretty much) are measured using the metric system. 1000 Kilobytes equals 1 Megabyte (and so on and so forth.)
- 1,024 KB = 1 MB (Megabyte)
- 1,024 MB = 1 GB (Gigabyte)
- 1,024 GB – 1 TB (Terabyte)
Now, these numbers mean nothing without being put into context. So, think about a music mp3 on your computer. An mp3, on average, takes up about 4MB on your computer. If you have 1GB of storage space you will be able to store (about) 250 songs on that hard drive.
Sub-Domains – Sub-domains are a way to organize your website. For example, if you have a website that has a shopping cart in a section, you can set up a sub-domain to easily organize your website (ie – shop.iheartblank.net, or test.iheartblank.net.)
Add-On Domains – Add-On domains are additional domains your can link to your hosting account. The most common reasons to utilize an add-on domain are:
- To simply utilize a different domain name that goes to your site. For example, if you go to hackettstownwebsites.com you’ll see that it just leads to iheartblank.net. I did this to make it easier when I was making some radio announcements.
- To set up different email addresses. Typically used if you’d like to create email addresses that aren’t your ‘main domain name.’ With an Add-On Domain, you can have your website at www.site1.com, but your email addresses at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To point to a specific page on your website. I’ve done quite a few promotions through I Heart Blank. One of the most popular is the Going Social Media Package. Instead of direction people to a long URL in my advertisements, I simply bought goingsocialnj.com and pointed it to that page. It made the advertising way simplier!
Some web designers don’t readily share passwords to their clients. I Heart Blank does not share this ideal. As soon as your website is done you’ll receive a PDF with all your passwords. If I get hit by a bus, you’ll be able to give that PDF to your next web designer and you’ll be able to continue with your work.
We believe you have the right to be in charge of the things you pay for. This includes access to your website, hosting, domain, etc.
When you’re website is created it has to be stored somewhere. Technically, you can store your website on your computer, but whenever someone visits your website it’s going to use the resources (CPU & RAM) on your computer. There is also a question of how fast the internet is at your house. At the ‘dawn of the internet,’ a solution was found to have a data center that is full of computers (or servers) that websites are stored on. These data centers have all the ‘works’ including a temperature controlled environment, generators, and very very fast internet connections.
When you buy hosting you’re technically renting space on one of those computers. You’re renting a certain amount of space and bandwidth a month that you can use.
If you’re not sure how hosting works, we’ll spend a quick second to go over it. There are typically three pieces that make a website work. The hosting, domain and website itself. The first is the hosting which is basically where your website is stored. Basically it’s a computer in Texas in a warehouse with plenty of generators to make sure you have 99.9% uptime. Now, my job is to put your website on that computer in Texas. When your website is on the hosting server it’s actually given an IP address. It looks something like 22.214.171.124. Now you’re not going to put that IP address on your business card, are you?! That’s where the domain comes in. The domain is what actually points your URL (i.e. – www.iheartblank.net) to the IP address. See it’s not too complicated, you just need a basic understanding.
Super easy. Just hop onto yournextdomainname.com and start typing in domain names. You can check up to 15 domain names at a time.
SSL Certificates are compatible with all major browsers.
While it isn’t difficult to install an SSL Certificate, it does involve following a series of steps. You can find more information in our KnowledgeBase.