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RapidSSL WildcardSSL

Ideally for

Blog | Personal Site | Portfolio | Basic domain(s)

Brand

RapidSSL

Validation

Domain Validation SSL

Issue time

5 minutes

Server Licensing

Unlimited

Secures

Wildcard SSL (One Domain & All Sub-domains)

With / without "www"

Yes

Supported Browsers

99.3%

Documents

No documents required

Support for SAN (UC)

No

Secure Hash Algorithm

SHA-2

Key Encryption

2048 bit

Certificate Encryption

Up to 256-bit

Site Seal

Static

Refund

25 days

Warranty

$10,000

RapidSSL Wildcard is a very popular Wildcard certificate that will secure one domain and its unlimited subdomains (i.e., account.yourwebsite.com, mail.yourwebsite.com, clients.yourwebsite.com), all using one IP address. It’s the optimal solution for basic websites, blogs, and online portfolios that need quick and easy encryption. 

Domain Validation

You can get this Wildcard certificate in less than five minutes, without the hassle of paperwork. The CA will verify domain ownership only, and with the whole process automated, this affordable cert will be yours in a blink of an eye.

Secures unlimited subdomains

RapidSSL Wildcard will secure all your existing and future subdomains under a single SSL installation. That’s super convenient when you have several subdomains to protect and don’t want to waste time installing separate certificates for each subdomain. Best of all, you save money in the process. 

High-recognition level

This certificate will work on almost any server or email client. With 99.3% browser compatibility, all your visitors will see the SSL padlock next to the URL. The likes of Chrome and Firefox won’t flag your site as not secure.

Unbreakable Encryption

All RapidSSL certificates feature industry-standard security, impossible to decrypt by hackers. The 256-bit encryption and the 2048-bit RSA signature key will protect sensitive data from cyber thieves.

$10,000 warranty

This product comes with a generous $10,000 warranty against potential data breaches or certificate miss-issuance on RapidSSL’s end. The SSL warranty gives you more credibility and your users the confidence to shop on your site.

Site Seal

RapidSSL Wildcard includes a static site seal to boost your reputation and increase sales. You can place the “Secured By RapidSSL” site seal anywhere on your site and let your clients know how serious you are about protecting their personal information.

Unlimited server licensing and unlimited reissues

You can re-issue this certificate free of charge an unlimited number of times and use it on as many servers as you need before its expiration date

17 reviews for RapidSSL WildcardSSL

  1. Duncan

    Good alternative to Comodo!

  2. Amber

    Instant approval. Wish the installation was that easy ;))

  3. Karolina

    A wildcard certificate for regular sites and blogs. Very easy to order and obtain.

  4. Nuno

    Easy to implement on any website. My standard recommendation for encrypting subdomains.

  5. Mauro

    Basic wildcard certificate, but it’s more than enough for simple websites.

  6. Justyn

    Impressed how fast it was issued. Not sure, but I think the validation process is automated.

  7. Augustin

    A good option for basic websites with a few subdomains. The price is what I expected from a reseller. Will stick with this certificate for a couple of years at least.

  8. Jasper

    My request was approved in a couple of minutes. Installed it on NGINX without any trouble.

  9. Virgil

    Rapid validation from RapidSSL ;)

  10. Larry

    I’m alternating between Comodo and RapidSSL for my projects. Both are reliable CAs, as is this particular certificate.

  11. Fatima

    Fast approval and straightforward installation. Couldn’t have asked for more.

  12. Wojciech

    RapidSSL is as good as any other domain validation wildcard certificates.

  13. James

    Affordable wildcard certificate for regular websites. IMO, a bit easier to configure than Comodo.

  14. Debra

    Cheap Wildcard certificate, easy to receive and configure. Very satisfied with the purchase.

  15. Lee

    RapidSSL was quicker to validate this ssl

  16. Nate

    A good alternative to Comodo Essential SSL Wildcard

  17. George

    This certificate was recommended by a friend to me and it has proven to be very quick to configure and install.

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Here is a list with the most common questions our customers have when buying a Wildcard SSL Certificate with Domain Validation:

The Domain Validation (DV) SSL certificate is the most affordable choice for increasing the security of your blog, personal or small business website. Since there is no required paperwork, the process of acquiring the Domain Validation certificate is very quick and easy: you will have to prove that you are the domain owner just by responding to an automatic e-mail message. After a couple of minutes, you will receive the issued SSL certificate which can be installed immediately. Sites with Domain Validation certification can be identified by the padlock that is displayed by most web browsers.

This type of SSL certificates is recommended to be used if you need to prove that your site is secured, by having a secured connection. The Domain Validation certificates don’t display the legal entity, as the identity of the website owner is not checked while issuing them. So, if you have an e-commerce website or a site that collects users’ personal data, you should consider buying our Business Validation (BV) or Extended Validation (EV) certificates, which will make your site more trustworthy.

When requesting an SSL Certificate you have to prove that you own or you have management rights over the domain or sub-domain that you are requesting an SSL Certificate for.

STEP 1: Domain Validation (DV)

A. EMAIL

If you have an SSL Certificate issued by Sectigo, GoGetSSL, GeoTrust, Thawte, DigiCert, and RapidSSL, then you can complete the domain validation is by responding to an automated domain validation message sent to your email address. You will be given a list of emails to choose from, and the automated domain validation message will be sent to the email address that you choose.

Always check your email address (including your Spam folder) so as you should receive an email message from the Certificate Authority with instructions on how to validate (prove the ownership of) your domain name. The email message will ask you to copy a unique code and paste it on a specific link provided in the same email message.

Important: Only 5 e-mail addresses are allowed for domain validation: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]
In some cases, the Certificate Authority may allow your administrative e-mail from WHOIS, too, but ONLY IF the Private registration is disabled.

B. HTTP / HTTPS method

The HTTP validation consists of uploading a TXT validation file to a pre-defined location on your website. You have to make sure that you can access this file and link from any web browser. Once you proceed with this domain validation method, the CA will run a scan of your website and will look particularly for this file at the given link. Your SSL Certificate will pass the domain validation within a few minutes after the CA’s crawler system finds the TXT file on your website.

The HTTPS validation method is the same validation method as described above. You should choose the HTTPS option if you already have an SSL Certificate installed on your website.

C. DNS method

You can also add a pre-defined domain record to your domain registrar (the website where you registered your domain name). Make sure that your firewall doesn’t block the CA’s validation robot.

Sectigo and GoGetSSL require CNAME DNS type, which looks like:

_b2013ea8353c9760c0221c49dc3e8ca7.yourwebsite.com CNAME
165b83449f4fdf83021de4e6f6ee795a.4ae75dbefe3r7bb8a1878616d8b5ae4.5r4r46855d28f6903.comodoca.com

while DigiCert (Thawte, GeoTrust, RapidSSL) require TXT DNS type, which looks like:

yourwebsite.com TXT “w34f54t4t45t354eer98rn4jf4449nfrf”

or

dnsauth.yourwebsite.com TXT “w34f54t4t45t354eer98rn4jf4449nfrf”

Please note that newly added DNS records take between 10-48 minutes to propagate. This means that you will have to wait up to 48 hours to pass the domain validation if you go with this method. That is why we recommend the Email, HTTP, and HTTPS methods better because they would allow you to pass the domain validation instantly.

STEP 2: CAA Check

As of 8th September 2017, all Certificate Authorities (CAs) are obliged to respect your CAA policy, as a security measure.

The CAA record should allow the CA to issue the SSL for your domain name, otherwise, the order would be set as Pending until you update the record.

By default, if no CAA record found, any CA may issue SSL for your domain name. Otherwise, you should update your CAA record.

Here is how to do it:
– https://support.sectigo.com/Com_KnowledgeDetailPage?Id=kA01N000000zFMO
– https://docs.digicert.com/manage-certificates/dns-caa-resource-record-check/

Here is how to test the record:
– https://toolbox.googleapps.com/apps/dig/#CAA/
– https://caatest.co.uk/scan.org.ua

Optional (Rare) – Brand Validation (Manual Check)

In some cases, the CAs may require manual verification if your order fails any internal rules of Brand Validation.

It takes around 24-48 hours to pass this manual check, and the CA will either issue or reject an order in such cases.

Here are the reasons why your order is under Brand Validation.


How to change the domain validation method?

If you chose one of these domain validation methods described above, and you see that your domain doesn’t get validated, then you can always change your domain validation method. Please go to this link to learn how to do that.

In order to buy a Domain Validated certificate, you do not need to provide any documentation. You will have to confirm the domain ownership through a simple email or file-based authentication. Following completion of one of these elements, the DV certificate will be signed and released to you.

A Wildcard SSL Certificate is specifically created to allow users to secure one single domain name and all its sub-domains. In other words, you can secure one single domain name and an unlimited number of sub-domains belonging to that domain name with one single Wildcard SSL Certificate.

You can add sub-domains to your server and they will be covered by your Wildcard SSL Certificate automatically. You do not need to re-issue your Wildcard SSL Certificate each and every time when you add sub-domains to it. The newly added sub-domains will be automatically covered by your Wildcard SSL Certificate.

NOTE: The subdomains that you can secure with one Wildcard SSL Certificate have to be either 1st level sub-domains (e.g.: *.example.com) or 2nd level sub-domains (*.mob.example.com). You cannot secure 1st and 2nd level sub-domains with one regular Wildcard SSL Certificate.  If you want to secure 1st level sub-domains and 2nd level sub-domains, you have to get a Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL Certificate or 2 separate Wildcard SSL Certificates.

For example, a regular Wildcard SSL Certificate allows you to secure:

  1. One main domain name (example.com) and all its 1st level subdomains (*.example.com):
    1. my.example.com
    2. test.example.com
    3. dev.example.com
    4. mail.example.com
    5. (etc)
  2. Or, one subdomain (mob.example.com) and all 2nd level sub-domains (*.mob.example.com):
    1. my.mob.example.com
    2. test.mob.example.com
    3. dev.mob.example.com
    4. mail.mob.example.com
    5. (etc)

In order to secure one domain and all its sub-domains as shown in the first example, you have to include *.example.com as a common name (domain name) when creating a CSR (Certificate Signing Request). If you want to secure 2nd level sub-domains, then you have to enter *.mob.example.com as a common name (domain name) when creating a CSR (Certificate Signing Request).

The subdomains that you can secure with one Wildcard SSL Certificate have to be either 1st level sub-domains (e.g.: *.example.com) or 2nd level sub-domains (*.mob.example.com). You cannot secure 1st and 2nd level sub-domains with one regular Wildcard SSL Certificate.

If you want to secure 1st level sub-domains and 2nd level sub-domains, you have to get a Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL Certificate, or 2 separate Wildcard SSL Certificates.

For example, a regular Wildcard SSL Certificate allows you to secure:

  1. One main domain name (example.com) and all its 1st level sub-domains (*.example.com):
    1. my.example.com
    2. test.example.com
    3. dev.example.com
    4. mail.example.com
    5. (etc)
  2. Or, one sub-domain (mob.example.com) and all 2nd level sub-domains (*.mob.example.com):
    1. my.mob.example.com
    2. test.mob.example.com
    3. dev.mob.example.com
    4. mail.mob.example.com
    5. (etc)

In order to secure one domain and all its sub-domains as shown in the first example, you have to include *.example.com as a common name (domain name) when creating a CSR (Certificate Signing Request). If you want to secure 2nd level sub-domains, then you have to enter *.mob.example.com as a common name (domain name) when creating a CSR (Certificate Signing Request).

You can add sub-domains to your server and they will be covered by your Wildcard SSL Certificate automatically. You do not need to re-issue your Wildcard SSL Certificate each and every time when you add sub-domains to it. The newly added sub-domains will be automatically covered by your Wildcard SSL Certificate.

There are many different ways to install an SSL Certificate, and they all depend on your SSL Certificate brand, the webserver type, the operating system on your server, and the web hosting panel that you have on your server.

These being said, please check our Installation Articles to get detailed instructions on how to install your SSL Certificate on about 44 different server types, hosting panels, and operating systems.

Also, here are links to documentation on how to install your SSL Certificate on your server, based on the SSL Certificate brand that you have:
Sectigo
Thawte/RapidSSL/GeoTrust/DigiCert
GoGetSSL

We always recommend you get specialized help with your SSL Certificate installation. If you have a web developer or a system engineer, then they would be the right people to help you with your SSL Certificate installation.

Browser Compatibility

Chrome
IE
Firefox
Opera
Safari
Netscape
AOL
Camino
Konqueror

Server Platforms And Mobile Browser Compatibility

Server Platforms:
  • BEA Weblogic
  • IBM HTTP Server
  • Microsoft ISA
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • Microsoft Live Communication
  • Apache
  • BEA Weblogic
  • Lotus Domino
  • OpenLDAP
  • C2Net Stronghold
  • Plesk
  • WebSTAR
  • Webmin
  • Java Web Server (Javasoft / Sun)
  • Ensim Control Panel
  • cPanel / Web Host Manager
  • Hsphere
  • C2Net Stronghold
  • iPlanet Server / Sun One
  • Java Web Server (Javasoft / Sun)
  • Lotus Domino
  • Tomcat
  • Netscape Enterprise Server
  • Novell ConsoleOne
  • Novel Webserver
  • C2Net Stronghold
  • And other SSL-Capable Servers
Mobile Browsers:
  • Android
  • Apple iPhone, iPod Safari 1+
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 5/6*
  • Opera Mobile 6+
  • Opera Mini v3+
  • ACCESS NetFront Browser v3.4 +
  • RIM Blackberry v4.2.1 +
  • KDDI Openwave v6.2.0.12 +
  • Netscape Communicator 4.51+
  • NTT / DoCoMo
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Sony Playstation 3
  • Sony Playstation Portable

Need help securing your website? Have questions, or unsure which SSL to choose? Let our fearless dragons help you! Follow the following steps towards getting the type of help that you need.

1. Use our Wizard and find the SSL Certificate that suits you best;

2. Find your answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page;

3. Open a Ticket with our Sales, Billing and Technical Support dragons. We will answer your ticket as soon as possible. We work Monday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 11:00 PM Pacific Time;

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Duration Price You Save
1 year £73.80
2 years £147.60
3 years £217.30
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