I'm looking into buying a SSL certificate here soon, and am a bit confused on the type I need. I notice there are really cheap ones you can get for around $15, but I don't think they can do what I want.
I'm looking for the following things:
-I don't want the browser alert messages that you have to accept when entering the encrypted area, etc -- it should just load like a normal page.
-I wan't it to be able to redirect (force) to the secure https:// protocol no matter how the URL is entered in the browser (example: http://forum.mydomain.com or forum.mydomain.com would redirect automatically to https://forums.mydomain.com). Is this possible?
-Want my site's URL and padlock deal on the browser.
Like I said, never bought one of these things, so I'm at a loss. Could you suggest me to some affordable certs that can provide what I need?
I have a RapidSSL installed on a few sites and get no warnings in IE or Firefox. If it's installed correctly, you should not get a pop up from a RapidSSL cert using IE or Firefox (and perhaps other browsers but I only use those two).
The Certificate on this site is an SBS Instant certificate with a chained install. It is not issued by RapidSSL.
RapidSSL certificates are issued off a root CA with no chained install. they are suitable for most uses except where you require SSL via a mobile device where you may want to consider the QuickSSL Premium certificate as this is issued off a root CA also present in the majority of mobile devices.
I grabbed my SSL the other day from NameCheap... was about a $1 more than EV1, but since NameCheap has all my info already, it was a snap to order.
They are using RapidSSL as well... cert installed without a hitch and is completely transparent. Took about 10-15 minutes from time to order until I had it installed... including all the automated phone verification.