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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 For Url(s) Browser Behavior Validation
Shared Certificates Non-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 Certificates Public 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 Certificates Public 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 Certificates Public 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 Certificates Public 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 Certificates Public requiring multiple, secure domain names. Dependent on provider. Exists as domain or EV. Dependent on provider.

SSL Costs (observed on date of post):

Godaddy GeoTrust Digicert Thawte
Shared Certificates Not Applicable.
Domain Validated Certificates $55.99/yr $149.00/yr $175.00/yr $149.00/yr
Organization Validated Certificates $99.99/yr $199.00/yr Unlisted $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