Setting Up SSL Certificates

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are essential for ensuring secure communication between your website and its visitors. In this guide, we'll delve into the background of SSL, why it's important, the different types of SSL certificates, and how Raven makes it simple to secure your site with SSL.

SSL Status for your Website

Once you have pointed your domain to Raven using the provided IP address, the platform will automatically detect it and update the SSL certificate, usually within an hour but sometimes taking up to 24 hours.

We report the time we last checked the domain for updates, and if we've generated an SSL certificate for it.

If it has been longer than 2 hours, please don't hesitate to contact our team.

Background of SSL

SSL technology was first introduced in the mid-1990s by Netscape as a way to protect sensitive data exchanged over the internet. It encrypts the connection between the web server and the user's browser, preventing third parties from intercepting or tampering with the data. By the late 1990s, SSL became the standard for securing online transactions.

Why SSL Matters

  • Data Security: SSL ensures that sensitive information, such as credit card numbers and login credentials, is encrypted and secure.
  • Trust and Credibility: Browsers display a padlock icon for websites with valid SSL certificates, building trust among users.
  • SEO Impact: Google began favoring SSL-secured websites in search rankings starting in 2014, meaning sites with SSL can enjoy a slight SEO boost.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Many data protection regulations, such as GDPR, require websites to use SSL for secure data transmission.

Types of SSL Certificates

There are three primary types of SSL certificates:

  • Domain Validated (DV): The most basic type of SSL certificate, verifying only the domain ownership. Ideal for blogs and informational websites.
  • Organization Validated (OV): Provides more credibility by verifying both the domain ownership and organization details. Suitable for business websites.
  • Extended Validation (EV): Offers the highest level of validation by thoroughly vetting the organization. Displays a green address bar for maximum trust. Best for e-commerce and financial websites.

Setting Up SSL on Raven

Raven simplifies SSL setup for its users. Once you have pointed your domain to Raven using the provided IP address, the platform will automatically detect it and update the SSL certificate, usually within an hour but sometimes taking up to 24 hours.

If you still need help, please don't hesitate to contact Raven Support.

What kind of SSL do we use?

At Raven, we use Certbot to provide Domain Validated (DV) SSL certificates. These certificates are the standard for most websites and offer essential encryption to secure your visitors' data. They ensure that the connection between your website and its users is safe and trusted.

With Domain Validated certificates, verification is performed at the domain level, meaning the certificate is issued quickly after confirming that you own the domain. Certbot, an automated certificate authority, ensures that your SSL certificate is updated and renewed regularly, giving you a hassle-free security solution.

By utilizing Raven for your domain names and/or hosting, you agree to Certbot/LetsEncrypt's terms of service and all relevant rules.

For more information on setting up SSL certificates with Raven, feel free to contact us.

Conclusion

SSL is no longer a luxury but a necessity for any website. It builds trust, enhances security, and positively impacts SEO. Raven's automated SSL setup ensures that your website is secured effortlessly and efficiently, so you can focus on delivering great content and user experience.