Let's Encrypt vs. Commercial SSL Certificates

Let's Encrypt SSLs are significantly different than an SSL from an authority provider of SSL Certificates and Encryption. While Let's Encrypt can seem like the obvious choice cost-wise, there are flaws and limitations you need to be aware of.

It's important to remember, SSLs are not just a little green lock on your site. They encrypt the data transferred through your site so that your site can safely handle sensitive information. They also provide an extra level of verification that your site is a real site, connected to a real person, organization, or company.

But not all SSL certificates are made the same way, and Let's Encrypt, while free, has major downfalls and limitations compared to a commercial SSL Certificate you purchase from a trusted authority provider (like the ones we sell here.)

Here are some of the biggest differences between Let's Encrypt and a commercial SSL certificate:

  • Types of Certificates provided
  • Warranty for misuse or databreach
  • Ecommerce Protection
    Can you accept online payments?
  • Support
  • Browser Support
  • Verified as a Legitimate Business
  • Renewal Period Length

Let's Encrypt

Let's Encrypt

  • Domain Validated
  • Community Support only
  •   Select browsers only
  • 90 Days

Commercial SSLs

Comodo, GeoTrust, DigiCert

  • All Certifiate Types
  • 24/7 Direct Support
  •   All browsers
  • 1 Year

Let's Encrypt SSL Certificates only prove that the person who bought the SSL owns the domain they're installing it on, and they must be re-upped every 90 days, or your site will lose its HTTPS and you could experience linking or redirection problems if your SSL remains expired.

Commcercial SSL Certificates prove that the website owner is a legitimate trading entity that is allowed to process transactions online, because all credit card information is encrypted through a Commercial SSL. WebHostingPad's SSL Certifcates renew on a yearly cycle, so you don't have to worry about keeping your site secure every 3 months.

There are significant limitations and restrictions to what a Let's Encrypt SSL can provide you. If you opt for Let's Encrypt over a Commercial SSL, you cannot:

  • Take payments on your site via credit card, paypal, or any other real-currency exchange.
  • Receive professional support if your Let's Encrypt SSL stops functioning or has any problems
  • Be protected if there is a databreach or abuse with your Let's Encrypt SSL
  • Operate your secure site on all browsers
  • Prove to customers or visitors that you're not a scammer or illegitimate, illegal business
  • Install Let's Encrypt SSLs on all server types; only ACME-Protocol servers
  • Cover more than one domain (Let's Encrypt does not support Wildcard SSL Certificates)

You're much safer with a real SSL Certificate provided by a commercial encryption authority, and there's much more you can do with your site when you're backed by proven, secure encryption with a full set of features.

We provide GeoTrust SSL Certificates for $24.99 / year that you can purchase in your client area or by clicking here. We also provide Comodo Wildcard SSL Certificates for $119.99 / year.


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