SSL (secure socket layer) means data is encrypted between the browser and your files on the server.
As of 2019 all of our Standard Hosting accounts now include cpanel verified Comodo or Lets Encrypt issued domain validated 2048 bit SSL certificate for https://domain and https://www.domain so you can run your standard website and or shopping cart under SSL.
If you plan to sell goods, services or downloadable items online, we offer many different store scripts that will allow you to build your online store. Every hosting server includes an automated script installer that will allow you to self install any number of Free Shopping Cart and Online Store scrips and some popular online demos are listed below:
PRESTA SHOP : OPEN CART : MAGENTO : ABANTE CART : LITE CART
Building your store can be done using scripts similar to those listed above or if you wish to build a Wordpress website you can install the popular woo-commerce store plugin that allow you to add products to any page in your site. In addition our Drag and Drop website builder has a simple means of adding Paypal buy it now buttons to any page.
Our staff is always happy to assist you and if you prefer simply open a support ticket and request which cart you wish installed and our staff shall do it at no charge.
Do you need SSL Hosting ?
For personal websites it won't make any difference however for business,sites Google now suggests you run your site under ssl or it will display a site not secure message for users of their Google Chrome browser so for this reason alone you may want to run your site under SSL. For e-commerce sites where you accept credit card or user information its always required.
SSL Hosting For Larger Merchants
For users that have small stores we recommend using Paypal as your payment processor because they provide an all in one solution that is popular, trusted with secure checkout included so nothing else is required.
If your going to run a larger online store that will take direct credit card payments for Visa / Master Card / American Express / Discover then you will need :
1. A Domain Name
2. A Hosting Account
3. An Internet Merchant Account (capable of processing card not present online purchases)
4. A Payment Gateway that is approved by your merchant account AND is compatible with your shopping cart.
Merchant Accounts have minimum monthly fees and per charge fees and are generally for high volume merchants that can qualify for the account and justify the added costs. You may want to research which cart you wish to use first and check to see which merchant gateways it is compatible with and verify that you qualify for the Merchant Account before ordering.
Lowesthosting will install your shopping cart or you can do it yourself using the script installer however we do NOT do configuration or customization. These are powerful systems with hundreds of features and options unique to your usage that require initial customization to the look you desire and extensive configuration of various payment gateways, shipping methods, categories, options, and in some cases formatting and importing of existing data. We highly suggest you review the administrative "Store Owner" demos and documentation for each store so you are aware of their requirements. You may want to hire a consultant recommended by the script developers or insure you have sufficient technical skills to get everything setup for your needs.
Advanced SSL Hosting with Site Seal?
Our new free Standard SSL can operate on a shared server ip and gives you 2048bit encryption and will display the SSL lock in all standard browsers provided that your website code is forcing the browser to use https and all content is served from your own server or where linked from an external source that source url is also https.
If you desire a more advanced SSL certificate that also offers a site seal (code that displays info about your ssl ) or for subdomains you can optionally purchase a Geotrust Pemium SSL with site seal from us for $99 per year which also requires a dedicated ip which is $36/year. Once you are a lowesthosting.com client you can order this as an upgrade via your account portal or by opening a support ticket.
Pricing displayed in months for comparison but billed in annual increments. All services renew at same price.
SSL Certificates are a custom for your unique domain name and are non refundable.