What is Wildcard SSL Certificate?

Wildcard SSL certificate is designed to secure a domain name along with its unlimited number of sub-domains, which means a user can protect any number of sub-domains under single certificate. Wildcard feature included in an SSL certificate saves user’s valuable time for managing SSL and also saves money as well. If a user owns a website with multiple sub-domains, a wildcard SSL certificate is the best option to secure them in one go.

To secure a domain and its sub-domains, user need to apply SSL for *.domain-name.com; here * carries unlimited sub-domain security feature which is called as first level wildcard domain security.

A Wildcard SSL is available with domain validated and organization validated SSL certificate and it can secure both www and non-www domains. Wildcard SSL with domain validation can only validate and secure domain name and & unlimited sub-domains. Wildcard SSL Certificate with Organization validation can validate business and secure domain name & unlimited sub-domains.

In case of DV Wildcard Certificate no business documents are required and issued quickly within minutes, but in case of OV wildcard Certificate, business documents are necessary and verification process can take up to 2-3 days. Here’s the list of wildcard SSL certificate documents required for business verification process.

A Wildcard SSL Certificate comes up with strongest 2048-bit signature and 256-bit long encryption length. Its unlimited server license policy allows user to secure website on any number of servers. With unlimited reissuance process a user can reissue its certificate for any number of time. Trust seal in the corner increases user’s trust and confidence level during online transactions and sensitive information sharing.


Drawbacks of Wildcard SSL Certificate

  • Not available with EV- If a user is search for EV SSL Certificate with Wildcard feature then it’s not available.
  • No support of Multi-domain- During SSL management, a user can add a wildcard SSL domain as a Multi domain, but he cannot add a multi-domain as a wildcard SSL domain.

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Domain & Sub domains types Wildcard SSL can secure

  • *.domain-name.com
  • www.domain-name.com
  • domain-name.com
  • news.domain-name.com
  • blog.domain-name.com
  • anything.domain-name.com

Wildcard Certificate Key Features

  • Secure unlimited sub-domains with a single SSL Certificate
  • 2048 bit future proof SSL Certificates
  • Universally works with main browsers, mobile phones and devices
  • Unlimited Server Licensing
  • SHA-2 signed certificates with 256-bit encryption
  • Available with both DV and OV SSL

Comparison of Wildcard SSL Certificate

Brand rapidssl-logo ssl.com-aboutssl-org godaddy-aboutssl-org comodo-logo
Certificate Authority (CA) RAPIDSSL® SSL.COM GoDaddy COMODO™
SSL Certificate RapidSSL Wildcard Wildcard SSL Deluxe Wildcard SSL Comodo Wildcard SSL
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Pricing for 1 Year $149 $299 $399.99 $199
Pricing for 3 Years $124/Yr $224.25/Yr $359.99/Yr $165.67/Yr
Domains Secured Unlimited Sub-Domains Unlimited Sub-Domains Unlimited Sub-Domains Unlimited Sub-Domains
Issuance Speed Withing a few minutes 1-4 Working Days 1-4 Working Days Within a few minutes
Validation Required Domain Validation Business Validation Business Validation Domain Validation
Notification Level in Web Browsers Domain Name Displayed Domain name and Business Name Shown Domain name and Business Name Shown Domain name Displayed
Encryption Strength Up to 256 Bit Up to 256 Bit Up to 256 Bit Up to 256 Bit
Browsers Compatibility 99% + Most popular mobile devices 99% + Most popular mobile devices 99% + Most popular mobile devices 99% + Most popular mobile devices
Include Site Seal Included Included Included Included
Number of Free Reissues Allowed Unlimited Unlimited N/A Unlimited
Number of Server License Unlimited Unlimited N/A Unlimited
Free PCI Scanning N/A N/A N/A Yes
Free Daily Vulnerability Scanning N/A N/A N/A Yes
Support Options Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty $10,000 $125,000 $250,000 $250,000
Refund Policy 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days
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