Security

Free Wildcard SSL Certificates: Secure your website

Secure your website and sub-domains with a free wildcard SSL certificate

All of our Web hosting Plans include Free Wildcard SSL Certificates for every website and sub-domain hosted


FREE WILDCARD SSL CERTIFICATES

What is an SSL certificate?

An SSL certificate is displayed for websites in the form of a padlock icon in the address bar, a green bar, and a URL that starts with https://. Behind the scenes, this means that the website has been verified and any information passed between the server and a visitor’s web browser is securely encrypted. An SSL connection is vital for any website that requests or stores personal information such as contact details or payment information.

SSL is the globally recognised standard for secure data encryption between server and browser. All our SSL certificates are provided and verified by leading security experts GlobalSign.

Free SSL Certificates

A must-have for any serious website owner

An SSL certificate not only signals trust and authority to your website visitors, it also helps protect them when browsing your website. It prevents data interception and shows your business has been validated, ensuring complete peace of mind for your visitors.

Search engines such as Google have openly stated that they view an SSL certificate as a mark of trust and that having one can directly improve your search engine rankings.

Furthermore, research has shown that a valid SSL certificate reduces abandoned baskets, increases sales, and makes people more confident about shopping with you. It’s a must-have when you’re selling online.


UPDATE: All our SSL Certificates are now "Wildcard" SSL Certificates

CMS Wales has been issuing Free SSL Certificates to all hosted clients for over a year (since March 16th 2017) and have been working towards providing free wildcard certificates ever since. We are therefore very pleased to announce the service is now active and we now offer Free Wildcard SSL Certificates for all our hosted clients as of today (March 23rd 2018).

What is a Wildcard SSL Certificate?

While a standard SSL Certificate secures your main domain only, a 'Wildcard' Certificate allows you to secure all your subdomains too, with a single certificate!

For example:

If your main website was 'mywebsite.com' but you also had a Forum installed on the sub-domain 'forum.mywebsite.com' your free wildcard certificate would protect both sites and ensure they are both served up to your visitors as "HTTPS://" (Secure) rather than "HTTP://" (Insecure).

So instead of having to get separate certificates for your sub-domains, you can now use a single wildcard certificate for all main domains and subdomains.

If you are still paying your hosting provider for SSL Certificates, stop! Move your website/s to CMS Wales and enjoy free Wldcard SSL Certififcates for life!


How do I activate my free SSL?

Every CMS Wales hosting package comes with a free SSL certificate, enabling you to use the recommended 'HTTPS' protocol to keep your site users secure. To activate the SSL, you’ll need to make sure you’ve pointed the domain name to our nameservers.

These are:

  • ns1.cms-wales.co.uk
  • ns2.cms-wales.co.uk
  • ns3.cms-wales.co.uk
  • ns4.cms-wales.co.uk

With that done, you need to:

  • Login to your CP (Control Panel) at https://cp.cms-wales.co.uk
  • Under Security, click on the SSL/TLS icon
  • You will then see your domain name and an option to Activate Free SSL next to it - select this and the SSL will be applied to your domain
  • If you’d like all your visitors to use SSL connections (i.e. for HTTPS to always be used - recommended), simply select the Enable option at the bottom of the page.

Once the SSL Certificate has been activated, it will take up to 30 minutes to secure your website. This is due to the changes needed to be made on our load balancers.


Move to CMS Wales today!

FREE wilcard SSL CERTIFICATES ARE INCLUDED WITH ALL WEB HOSTING PLANS

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