Knowledgebase: SSL
Wildcard SSL Certificates
Posted by on 09 December 2010 03:18 PM

What is a Wildcard SSL Certificate?

A Wildcard SSL Certificate enables SSL encryption on multiple subdomains using a single certificate. Subdomains on the certificate must all share the same primary domain.

For instance, example.com, www.example.com, blog.example.com, store.example.com, and billing.example.com could all be secured using the same wildcard SSL as they all use the same primary domain. However, billing.yoursitesdomain.com could not be used with this certificate, as it is using a different primary domain.

Why Use a Wildcard SSL Certificate?

On our servers, an SSL certificate requires a single unique IP address to correctly encrypt data. Both cPanel and Windows hosting packages are only able to have a single IP address per control panel preventing the use of multiple SSLs per control panel.

A standard SSL will only cover a single specific domain, while a Wildcard SSL will allow you to cover multiple subdomains while continuing to host them all on a single control panel.

How Much is a Wildcard SSL?

Wildcard SSL certificates start at $149 per year.

How Do I Get a Wildcard SSL?

If you are interested in securing a wildcard certificate for your domain, please email ssl -[at]- arvixe.com

 

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Omar Elsayed Elsherif
29 April 2012 05:34 AM
This site says there's no need for multiple IPs:
http://www.alphassl.com/ssl-certificates/wildcard-ssl.html

"Ideal if your web site uses multiple sub-domains and you share an IP address across the sites."

Is it true?
Ahmed Mohammed
10 July 2014 09:45 AM
I have windows reseller account
if i take Wildcard SSL Certificates from Arvixe
did i need an dedicated IP for each secured sub-domain?

if yes.
is Arvixe provide it free for their Wildcard SSL Certificates customers or not (how much?)?
Michael Carr
22 July 2014 01:47 PM
With a wildcard SSL you can host all of the sub-domains on a single IP, extra IP's are not needed.
Nate Black
20 August 2014 06:42 PM
I'm having quite a time figuring out what to do regarding a wildcard SSL certificate for my domain. I currently have a ResellerClass ASP account. I want a wildcard SSL certificate so that my customers can access their email and control panel using https://mail.mydomain.com and https://cp.mydomain.com, respectively. Currently, when my customers go to those addresses, they get the irksome warning about the SSL certificate not matching the domain (or something to that effect). I want to purchase a wildcard SSL certificate as to not alarm my customers. I've been told (by what I believe to be a reputable source...an Arvixe technician) that I'll have to have a non-shared account (i.e. a VPS or Dedicated account) in order for a wildcard SSL certificate to "cover" the cp and mail subdomains of mydomain.com. Is that the case?
Michael Carr
19 September 2014 02:17 PM
Normally on a VPS or dedicated account you can simply use the hostname of the server to access these links securely without warnings. however to connect to bot cp. and mail. yourdomain.com you would either need a wildcard SSL or two SSL certificates, one for each subdomain which is probably cheaper.
naveed shahid
17 June 2015 05:52 PM
hi, i have ordered SSL but your team is requiring to point ns of arvixe. i have a dedicated dns setup with dnsmadeeasy and already pointed my site's hosting to arvixe. i dont want to change my name servers from dns made easy. will i be able to run the wild card ssl in this scenario?
Ryan C
06 July 2015 09:59 PM
You should be able to order an SSL with us without changing to our name servers. Just ensure they have access to your email account(s) that they need to to verify as requested.
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