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The case for SSLs.com vs SSL.com

Thu, 13th February 2014, 17:37

Okay, how much do you know about SSL providers? A lot? Great. Then you should probably know CheapSSLs.com, the Namecheap brand (guess the theme!) and you probably also know SSL.com (Short and sweet.)

Well, CheapSSLs, in the name of brevity, has now officially become SSLs.com! Not to be confused with SSL.com which happens to be a horse of a different color. For example, SSL.com’s motto is Trust In Everything We Do, which sounds pretty culty for a SSL certificate vendor when you think about it, whereas Cheap- I mean, SSLs.com’s motto is… they don’t have a motto. And that needs to be fixed, frankly. My suggestion? SSLs.com- We Used To Be Cheap. Beautiful. Someone translate that into Latin and send it to them.

(editor's update: It has been brought to our attention that SSLs.com does indeed sport a motto... "Same certs. Low price". Okay so we got it wrong but the "We Used To Be Cheap" is kinda cute and does have some merit also!)  

We figured since the two providers are clearly in competition with each other, it might be worthwhile to compare the two, see how they stack up, all things considered. We’re going to try to be objective here, but wouldn’t it be awesome if they were absolutely the same? You could buy from one and not even realize it’s not the other. Some days they could just switch sites, and no one would be the wiser. We can only hope this is the case.

The Terms of Service

The first order of business is the terms of service- what are we getting into when we get into bed with one of these guys? It’s just data security, right? Shouldn’t be too intrusive.

SSL.com

When you use the Site, you accept the Terms of Use; if you do not agree to the Terms of Use you may not use the Site. SSL reserves the right to modify content on the Site and these Terms of Use periodically without prior notice.

Oh man, can you even do this? We had no idea. Quick update to the HostJury TOS, by the way- when you use the site, you agree to the terms. And the terms are… uh… $15 a month. Just paypal it to us. We’re easy like Sunday morning.

By submitting information, you grant SSL.com a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to reproduce, use, modify, publish, adapt, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media.

Also known as the Zuckerberg Clause!

SSLs.com

If we are sued or threatened with a lawsuit, an administrative proceeding or any other legal or administrative proceeding in connection with Service(s) provided to you, we may turn to you to indemnify us and to hold us harmless from the claims and expenses (including attorney's fees and court costs). Under such circumstances, you agree that you will, upon demand, obtain a performance bond with a reputable bonding company or, if you are unable to obtain a performance bond, that you will deposit money with us to pay for our reasonably anticipated expenses in relation to the matter for the coming year. Such deposit will be drawn down as expenses are incurred, with all account notices sent to the contact information provided in association with your account. We shall not be obliged to extend you any credit in relation to such expenses and we may terminate the Services for a failure to make or renew such a deposit. We will return any unused deposit upon the later of three (3) months from deposit or the conclusion of the matter.

Damn, these guys are not going down with your ship, illegal websites. We can’t really imagine an instance when this might come into play- especially considering the ‘or’ in the whole matter is the loss of your SSL certificate. The best part of the clause, though, is ‘reputable’ bonding company. If you get SSLs.com sued, no sending Dog the Bounty Hunter to their offices with a handful of benjamins and your old Chevy, no sir.

The Prices

Alright, so the next thing to consider is cost, of course. The major difference between the two sites is that while SSL.com offers a specific suite of options, SSLs.com is more a digital marketplace in which you can choose your brand (and price!). This should be easy to remember- the s is for plural.
Prices (yearly) on SSL.com range from $36 to $240, whereas SSLs.com goes all the way down to $9- that is, if all you’re looking for is an unspectacular Comodo PositiveSSL. No bells and whistles here (that green bar…) The extended validation options take you all the way up to $870! That’s VeriSign, of course. We’re pretty damn sure you get a green bar with that one (plus a $1.5 million warranty, which ain't half bad.)

The Verdict

As it is Hostjury's policy not to make recommendations (allowing instead users to do the recommending), we can not in good conscience deliver a verdict. But hypothetically speaking, with tongues in cheek of course, based on what we see here, if we were to deliver a verdict, we'd have to recommend SSLs.com, mainly for their wide variety of options, snazzy layout, and slightly less terrifying terms of service. Then again we did hear that InstantSSL is planning on changing their website to SSSL.com, so who knows what the future will bring.

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