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The following charts contain basic SSL type can cost information. This information is high-level, presented in a non-technical format as a basic guide to understanding your SSL options.

SSL Certificate Types:

Good ForUrl(s)Browser BehaviorValidation
Shared CertificatesNon-public secure server connections.Url is a sub-domain of host. (Ex. https://yoursite.hostdomain.com)Warnings may appear because of cross-domain or sub-domain use.Provided with shared hosting solutions.
Domain Validated CertificatesPublic accessing secure section of your site (Ex. making a payment by credit card)Limited to a single domain.Lock icon and/or color coded address bar.Registered with owner’s domain.
Organization Validated CertificatesPublic accessing secure section of your site (Ex. making a payment by credit card)Limited to a single domain.Lock icon and/or color coded address bar and SSL Certificates display the organization information in the certificate details.Additional documentation required to certify an organization’s identity.
Extended Validation CertificatesPublic requiring a higher standard of assurance by authenticating the entity behind the domain.Limited to a single domain.Green HTTPS address bar is exclusive to EV SSL.Additional documentation required to certify an organization’s identity.
Wildcard CertificatesPublic secure server access across single domain or multiple sub-domains.Single domain, unlimited sub-domains.Lock icon and/or color coded address bar.Registered with owner’s domain
Multi-Domain CertificatesPublic requiring multiple, secure domain names.Dependent on provider.Exists as domain or EV.Dependent on provider.

SSL Costs (observed on date of post):

GodaddyGeoTrustDigicertThawte
Shared CertificatesNot Applicable.
Domain Validated Certificates$55.99/yr$149.00/yr$175.00/yr$149.00/yr
Organization Validated Certificates$99.99/yr$199.00/yrUnlisted$199.00/yr
Extended Validation Certificates$149.99/yr$299.00/yr$295.00/yr$299.00/yr
Wildcard Certificates$269.99/yr$499.00/yr$595.00/yr$499.00/yr
Multi-Domain Certificates$179.99/yr (5 Sites)Unlisted$299.00/yr (25 Sites)Unlisted