SSL certificate on shared server

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Hi support,

The previous related question was asked some time back. Can you give me an answer on current offers when it comes to purchasing an SSL cert and installing it on a shared server. It's a fairly basic wordpress website, where basic encryption is required.

I am a web developer and require this to qoute a client. I usually host my client sites (none with SSL yet) with Afrihost.

Please reply as soon as possible.

Thanks, Mario - D-Base Solutions
related to an answer for: Installing SSL Certificate
asked Feb 15, 2017 in Shared Hosting by marioi (150 points)

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Hi There,

The updated costs of SSL certifcate are as follows:

An SSL Certificate costs R250.00 p/a and Wildcard SSL costs R1800 p/a and requires a dedicated IP be assigned to your domain / server for use with the SSL certificate.

A dedicated IP address costs R600 per annum or R50 per month (please confirm which you prefer).


If you require further assistance please email:

or contact Afrihost support on 011 612-7200

or via live chat support on our website

alternatively you may request a call back by smsing the word 'help' to 32541


Thank you
answered Feb 15, 2017 by AfriDazzil (34,070 points)
The difference between Wildcard SSL and SSL certificate is:

Wild card:
A Wildcard SSL certificate allows you to secure your website URL and multiple subdomains with just the one certificate. You can add subdomains without having to redeploy the certificate, which makes it a lot easier.

For example, a single Wildcard certificate can secure

Wildcard certificates secure the common name and all subdomains at the level you specify when you submit your request. Just add an asterisk (*) in the subdomain area to the left of the common name.


If you request your certificate for *, you can secure:


Wildcard certificates secure websites just like regular SSL certificates, and requests are processed using the same validation methods. However, some Web servers might require a unique IP address for each subdomain on the Wildcard certificate.

SSL Certificate:
A SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server using SSL technology. You can use a single SSL certificate for multiple domains, but there are some major differences that you need to know about. For one, you can use this with multiple top-level domains as well as subdomains. However, when adding domains, you need to have a complete list compiled with the SSL certificate. This means you need to redeploy the SSL certificate each time you add a server to the list.

Encryption is the process of scrambling data into an undecipherable format that can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key.

A certificate serves as an electronic "passport" that establishes an online entity's credentials when doing business on the Web. When an Internet user attempts to send confidential information to a Web server, the user's browser accesses the server's digital certificate and establishes a secure connection.

An SSL certificate contains the following information:

The certificate holder's name
The certificate's serial number and expiration date
A copy of the certificate holder's public key
The digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority
"An SSL Certificate costs R250.00 p/a and Wildcard SSL costs R1800 p/a and requires a dedicated IP be assigned to your domain / server for use with the SSL certificate."

To quote you here, if I understand you correctly, you mean that for anyone to have an SSL certificate, regardless whether it is a normal SSL cert or a Wildcard SSL cert, we should still have a dedicated IP. Correct ?
Yes, that is correct.
A static IP is required with any SSL certificate.
Hi, does Afrihost support the free ssl by lets encrypt?
Not as far as I can tell. I asked them to give me functionality to be able to install my own (Let's Encrypt) certificates on two shared hosting sites, but they instead enabled cPanel's Comodo 90 day free certificates ( which appears to give the same level of service as Let's Encrypt.
I'm considering switching over to Hetzner for the reason that they have Let's Encrypt. They're pricier but I can't afford to pay the costs of SSL with Afrihost and it is becoming so essential nowadays
AfriHost team.

Lets Encrypt - in 2018-2019 has become the standard in entry level free SSL certificates for websites. As you know sites without HTTPS are considered behind now even by googles standards. Lower search rankings and even browser warnings as NOT secure....

You guys need to link LetsEncrypt to reduce SSL costs for these entry level home / small business sites. Even thought cheap SSL certs exist I think you are kicking yourself here by not adding this feature. Its inflating costs for the small fry web sites.

other Cpanels I have seen have this for free, can you add it?

alternatives for your dev team to consider are:



In hindsight it looks like CPanel provides a automated certificate - "AutoSSL certificate installed!" - wildcard cert to cover - mail, www and root domain.
Well done Afrihost/Cpanel