The Let's Encrypt certificate, which is the first level of SSL protection, is included with our web hosting plans - so you can start securing your website without any hassle.
The Let’s Encrypt certificate is included free of charge with any web hosting plan subscription.
We activate the certificate on all OVHcloud web hosting plans by default. No technical skills are required to ensure that the certificates are properly configured and renewed every three months.
A connection encrypted using a certificate and the TLS standard reduces the risk of personal or bank data being intercepted.
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*Domain name creation and transfer is free for the first year, then renewals are charged at the annual price of the extension from the following list: .com, .net, .biz, .info, .org, .name, .fr, .re, .eu, .be, .es, .it, .de, .at, .co.uk, .me.uk, .org.uk, .nl, .us, .ca, .cz, .ch, .in, .lt, .dk, .pm, .so, .se, .yt, .tf , .wf, .pt, .pl, .ovh, .xyz. Not valid for extensions that include free transfer.
Ensure your company’s website and its visitors are kept safe with OVHcloud.
Your brand image is closely linked to the level of security offered by your website. To gain credibility, your website should be accessible via a secure HTTPS connection. This connection is active when a green padlock appears in the browser’s address bar (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) next to the website’s URL. This informs users that the content of the pages they are consulting comes from a secure and non-pirated source, because their data is protected by encryption. Bear in mind that SSL certificates vary for each security level.
Without an SSL certificate, your website address will not have HTTPS enabled. Your visitors could get alerts from their browser, highlighting the lack of security on your pages.
Verified domain name
This device also guarantees the confidentiality of data that passes between the browser and the website. To do this, a certificate authority must first validate the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate of the corresponding site. What’s more, Google's algorithm now includes this parameter in its assessment criteria.
Verified website publisher
Not all SSL certificates are created equal. They must come first from verified certificate authorities. Only EV SSL certificates can guarantee that the website visited is administered by the company that owns it, and that the company exists legally. When you visit sites secured by an EV SSL certificate, the certificate displays the name of the corresponding company near the famous padlock icon. This way, you can check who is behind a website’s IP address.
Your free Let’s Encrypt DV SSL certificate is installed by default on all OVHcloud web hosting plans
Let's Encrypt is an open-source project supported by multiple companies, including OVHcloud. The certification is recognised by the most popular web browsers.
The advantage for you is that you don’t need any technical skills to configure the certification. The HTTPS protocol is systematically enabled when you create your website and subdomains. With a validity period of 90 days, the Let's Encrypt DV SSL certificate will be renewed automatically (and free of charge) without you needing to do anything. So you can easily guarantee that your website is secure.
A boost to your SEO
A website that can be accessed in HTTPS not only secures the exchange of information - it also boosts your SEO ranking on search engines such as Google.
Guaranteed security for your customers
Guaranteeing encrypted customer data and transactions is essential. It reassures your customers that your e-commerce platform is secure, and builds their trust. By showing them that the exchanges with the web server are secure, you are guaranteeing your authenticity to your visitors when they browse your site.
The type of certificate you need depends on your website's purpose and traffic.
Let's Encrypt DV SSL
Sectigo DV SSL
Sectigo* EV SSL
|“Green” address bar||
|Key length||2,048 bits||2,048 bits||2,048 bits|
|Validation level||Domain verification only||Domain verification only||Domain and company verification|
|Recommended use||Personal website||Professional website||E-commerce|
|Eligibility||Open to everyone||Open to everyone||Reserved for businesses|
|Issuer||Let’s Encrypt||Sectigo certification authority||Sectigo certification authority|
|Additional information required||No||No||Yes|
|FQDN included||www.mydomain.uk + mydomain.uk||www.mydomain.uk + mydomain.uk||www.mydomain.uk + mydomain.uk|
|Issue time***||Immediate||1 hour||15 days|
Included with your web hosting plan
|£38.20 ex. VAT/year or £45.84 incl. VAT/year||£76.40 ex. VAT/year or £91.68 incl. VAT/year|
*EV SSL certificates are the only certificates that assure web users that the website is operated by a verified and legitimate company.
**Find out more about the legal conditions on the Sectigo website.
***If the domain name is properly configured to a web hosting package.
Your questions answered
How to obtain a free SSL Certificate
With our web hosting plans, you get a free Let's Encrypt SSL certificate included, which is activated by default. This means you do not need to request a certificate - HTTPS is immediately applied to your website.
What is a certificate authority?
It is a trusted entity that authenticates correspondents. It issues certificates describing digital identities and provides the means to verify the validity of the SSL certificates it has provided. For example, Sectigo is a certificate authority and issues certificates.
Are all certificates the same?
No, not all SSL certificates are equal. EV SSL certificates guarantee that the website visited is managed by the publishing company and that the company exists legally, by allowing its name to appear near the “green padlock” icon. You must ensure that this type of security certificate comes from a verified authority.
How do I install a new SSL certificate?
You can use the OVHcloud Control Panel to change the SSL certificate linked to your web hosting plan at any time. You can then import one that you already own. You can also have multiple digital certificates for one or more websites linked to one or more IP addresses. However, be careful when managing your SSL certificates: some are only recognised by certain browsers.
How does an SSL certificate work?
An SSL certificate is a data file. It encrypts information exchanged between websites via a web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) and a server. To achieve this, SSL certificates work using public key cryptography.
This encryption is based on a simple model: two keys, which are a series of randomly generated numbers. The first is the private key and the other is the public key. To get a better understanding of SSL and SSL encryption, let’s take the example of a customer making a transaction on your website. When this information is transmitted to the Domain Name System (DNS) server, it is encrypted by the server's public key. Therefore, if a hacker tries to intercept the transmission, the exchange is protected. Only the server can decrypt the message using its unique private key. Once the authentication is complete and the secure exchange is validated, the transmitted data is protected against any hacking.