For those that do not know what the difference between an EV (Extended Validation) SSL and a standard DV (Domain Validation) SSL certificate; the main feature/difference is the green URL bar with the companies name listed as shown by our main websites SSL in the image below.
The main aim of an EV SSL is to provide an extra layer of trust when people visit your website. Websites that have an EV SSL have been validated via government data and the named SSL administrator contacted by the SSL providers such as Comodo and GeoTrust to guarantee the identity of the SSL holder.
You will notice that an EV SSL is more expensive than a standard SSL, you can pick up a standard SSL for £10 upwards but with an EV SSL, it will be £60 upwards depending on the provider and warranty they provide.
EV SSL Requirements & Validation Process
The requirements are very straightforward to get your own EV SSL, you must have the following to smoothly get an EV SSL:
- Registered company (Limited Company)
- Have a valid address and company listed on a government directory such as Companies House
- A Dun & Bradstreet D‑U‑N‑S number with your listing up to date with your company data (physical address and telephone number)
Once you have got the following and everything is up to date you can then order your EV SSL. It is best to make sure the above is all sorted before ordering to speed up the validation process. If you need to update your D-U-N-S details you can find information on their website – this can take up to 5 days to process the updates but on average it can take 2-3 days.
Now you have everything up to date and you have decided on the EV SSL you want to order (a list of recommended EV SSL’s are listed further down in this article), you will need to follow the standard SSL setup process. We recommend using your hosting control panel to create the necessary details and provide the SSL provider with your CRT files. Make sure all information on who is registering your SSL is valid and matches the companies details.
Once your SSL order has been processed it will be given over to the SSL provider to run validation checks against your company and the SSL admin. The SSL admin will be contacted directly if there are any issues but all that is required is a phone call to confirm details of the admin and the company (such as the domain, names that are put against the SSL etc). All other checks will be handles first, so expect a call within 3-5 business days after you have placed your order.
EV SSL Certificate Options
There are many providers these days of EV SSLs but here is a couple that we recommend:
- GeoTrust True Business ID with EV
- Comodo PositiveSSL EV
If you have any questions or would like to order an EV SSL please get in touch with our sales team who will be happy to help with your order process.