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A Domain Validated SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificate enhances the security and credibility of your website to your users and potential customers. 

What is a Domain Validated SSL Certificate?

A DV SSL certificate is a digital certificate that provides secure, encrypted communication between a user’s browser and your web server. This encryption safeguards sensitive data, such as personal information, login credentials, and payment details, from unauthorized access or interception.

When a user visits a website with an SSL Certificate, their browser will perform a digital “handshake” with the website’s server to establish that the website is authentic and open a secure connection.

Key benefits of a DV SSL Certificate


To obtain a DV SSL Certificate, a website owner only needs to verify that they own the domain the certificate is being issued to. The process of obtaining and installing a DV SSL certificate is often done by hosting providers making it even easier to get your website secured.


Upon verification, the DV SSL can be issued anywhere from a few minutes up to a day.


DV SSL Certificates are the cheapest type to purchase and, in some cases, are provided free with web hosting plans.

User Trust

When visitors see the padlock symbol or “HTTPS” in their browser’s address bar, it signals that your website is secure. Thus fostering trust among users and reassures them that their interactions with your site are safe.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Search engines, like Google, prioritize secure websites and rank them higher in their organic search results. Having a DV SSL Certificate can positively impact your website’s search engine ranking, potentially leading to increased visibility and traffic.

Mitigate Phishing Attacks

A DV SSL Certificate can help prevent phishing attacks, where attackers attempt to impersonate your website to steal user information. The certificate validates your domain’s authenticity, making it harder for malicious actors to replicate.

Compliance Requirements

Many regulatory standards, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), require data protection measures. Implementing a DV SSL certificate demonstrates your commitment to data security and compliance.

Browser Compatibility

Modern browsers will indicate warnings for non-secure websites, thus discouraging users from proceeding further. A Domain Validated SSL certificate ensures your site displays correctly across multiple browsers, enhancing the user experience.


While Domain Validated SSL Certificates are the most basic type of SSL,  you get the same level of encryption you would receive with higher-end SSLs such as Organization Validated (OV) and Extended Validation (EV).

By having in a DV SSL certificate, you are taking a proactive step towards securing your users’ information and maintaining a professional online presence.

Hosted.com’s cPanel Web Hosting and WordPress Hosting packages all come with a FREE DV SSL Certificate included*. Our systems will automatically configure and install an SSL Certificate for your website, saving you the hassle of doing it yourself.

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