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As far as encrypting - online encrypt the pages that need it. If you encrypt them all - it might slow your site down some.
Usually the login pages are encrpyted and definitely the page that accepts the CC information. I would encrypt any page that the user enters personal information
We use InstantSSL certificates provided by Comodo Group. They are very inexpensive, and have a terrific browser footprint.
As for encrypting everything, that is typically unnecessary. Some of our merchants choose to encrypt the View Cart page, but most do not.
The important thing is to encrypt every page where your customer is to provide any order information.
Send me a message if you have any other questions.
[edited by: lorax at 8:02 pm (utc) on May 10, 2005]
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I guess I'd love to know if there's any way of installing the SSL without direct access to the server, ie by uploading it, and also about how you inform it which pages to encrypt.
I've been trying to do this for about three weeks now and have come through what I thought was understanding back into complete ignorance. I really don't know how it will fit together with the rest of my site or how it works or anything and would love to be able to find out.
I was more looking for a reference guide type entry on the whole subject, I have searched in vain, because I know that an SSL will help reassure my customers but, that's all I know and I was just wondering what I was acually installing on my site.
The average customer doesn't care if its Verisign. All they want is that little lock in the corner of the browser.
I now use ev1servers.net, I had my ssl cert in about 15 minutes and it was way less time consuming and cheaper and easier than Verisign. I think I paid 50.00 for a year.
Verisign does not have to make the process that difficult to get a cert.. But then that's how they justify their super high price level.
Just think it wasn't that long ago that many people went to Network Solutions to get and manager a domain name and it was 35.00 per year. Now with a little competition from godaddy and others domain names are down to 6 or 8.00 instead. (but not on Network Solutions)
Personally I would never use Verisign again.
Or Network Solutions of that matter. LOL
Never had one question or complaint about the GeoTrust cert from ev1 and our site does almost 1 mil per year.
just my biased opinion :-)