Hosting Australia offers a range of SSL Certificates for purchase. Some packages also include an AutoSSL certificate via cPanel.
The below highlights some of the key differences between an AutoSSL and a purchased SSL, such as the popular RapidSSL.
|Free AutoSSL Certificate||Purchased SSL Certificate|
|Issuance Period:||AutoSSL (cPanel, Comodo issued) certificate is valid for 90 days and renewed automatically in cPanel.More renewals, can mean more points of failure or issue.||Purchased SSL Certificates are valid for a minimum of 1 year.|
|Secured Site Seal:||AutoSSL Certificate doesn’t provide the site seal to display on your site, and earn trust from your website users.||Purchased SSL Certificates provides a secured site seal for their SSL certificates, which earns the trust of your website visitors.|
|Support:||AutoSSL does not provide any kind of support - you will need to troubleshoot and manage as the end user.||Most of the Purchased SSL Certificate provides customer support including sales, technical and installation.|
|Validation Type:||AutoSSL doesn't provide Organisation Validation (OV) and Extended Validation (EV).||Purchased SSL do provide Organisation Validation (OV) and Extended Validation (EV).|
|Users:||You can install a AutoSSL Certificate to secure your informative website or a blog.||If you are running your business, we recommend you to go with a Purchased Certificate as a more robust and trustworthy solution.|