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What type of SSL should we purchase to protect our site?

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I am relatively new to utilizing SSL certificates and have a question before we purchase one for our site, which is hosted on a VPS server with a dedicated IP on Site5. Our site contains data that MUST BE kept secure.

We are about to purchase an SSL for (the domain is canonicalized, so typing in will redirect to We also have a subdomain, which can only be accessed by going to and logging in (if one is not logged in, then redirects to to force login).

My question is, do we need to purchase a wildcard SSL to secure and as well, even though both redirect to when not logged in? Or can we just purchase a standard SSL for one domain ( and that will secure ALL access to the site? I just want to make sure there are no security holes accessible through other channels.

Thanks for your help.

Answer #1


If possible, the cheapest solution for you would be to move the help.* sub domain to a sub directory of your main domain ( This would allow you to just use 1 SSL to cover the whole system.

If the two sites must be on different domains (www.* and help.*) and the two sites can be hosted on different cpanel accounts (on the same server) then what I would recommend is picking up 2 different SSL certs. Keep in mind you will need a dedicated IP for each site in this situation.

If they need to be under the same account (as well as using 2 different domains) then you would need to use a wild card SSL.

I hope this was helpful and if you have any other questions, please feel free to let us know.

Happy Hosting!

Answers Answered By: joliver [476 Blue Star Level]

Answer #2

Thanks very much joliver! This is very helpful and confirmed what I assumed. I’ll let you guys know if I have any other follow-up questions.

Answers Answered By: levelgroup [2 Grey Star Level]

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