SSL.com wants to help you understand the benefits of Wildcard SSL certificates and help you avoid confusion and feel confident while choosing an SSL certificate that works for you.
The Benefits of SSL Wildcard Certificates
An SSL wildcard certificate can be extremely helpful in situations where you need flexibility in your SSL needs. Some benefits include:
Unlimited subdomains– With a wildcard certificate you can set up as many subdomains as you want and have them all use the same SSL certificate. No need to install a separate certificate for each subdomain – a wildcard certificate can handle them all.
Efficiency – Because you can set up as many subdomains as you want, it’s much easier to manage multiple servers on different subdomains. Efficiency is the number one reason to go with a wildcard certificate.
Affordability – Although the cost of a wildcard certificate might seem higher, calculate how much it would cost to get each of your covered subdomains its own certificate. You’ll find that a wildcard certificate can be much more affordable option.
Immediacy – When deploying a site on a new subdomain covered by your wildcard certificate, there is no waiting for a new SSL certificate to be issued. Your new site can be protected right away, saving you time.
Organization Validated – your customers will see your company name in the certificate, for an extra level of trust.
Things to consider about Wildcard SSL Certificates
Wildcard certificates aren’t always a perfect fit for every situation or business. Some concerns to be aware of regarding wildcards include:
Security – Although setting up a new subdomain to use a wildcard certificate is easy, it’s also potentially dangerous. Any subdomain that is part of your protected domain will seem like a valid and secure website – even if it’s been set up outside your direct control. (This is the main reason Extended Validation certificates do not allow wildcards.)
However, this is primarily a function of the server configuration not the Wildcard SSL certificate. Simply disable SSL/TLS on any sites that may not warrant the use of the Wildcard cert, or create a white list of sites that need to use the SSL Wildcard and disable SSL/TLS for all other sites.
Mobile – Older mobile operating systems (Windows Mobile 5, for instance) will not recognize wildcard certificates, which could cause security issues for visitors viewing your website on older phones or tablets. If legacy mobile platforms are critical, you’re going to want to consider a SAN SSL certificate rather than a wildcard certificate.
Is a Wildcard Certificate Right for You?
Based on the information above, you should now be able to make a more informed decision on whether an SSL.com Wildcard certificate is right for you. Contact our sales team via live chat at www.ssl.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-877-775-7328 if you have any questions about wildcards.