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Sectigo Essential SSL

Ideally for

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




Domain Validation SSL

Green bar


Issue time

5 minutes

Server Licensing



One Domain

With / without "www"


Supported Browsers



No documents required

Support for SAN (UC)


Secure Hash Algorithm


Key Encryption

2048 bit

Certificate Encryption

Up to 256-bit

Site Seal



25 days



Sectigo Essential SSL is a great solution if you need to secure one single domain (both with and without “www”) quickly and inexpensively. It provides up to 258 bit encryption for every user connecting to your website, offering more trust and reliability.

Being a Doman Validated (DV) SSL, it is issued within 5 minutes by Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA), a highly trusted Certificate Authority. The domain validation is done by email, or by file-based authentication. Once the easy and quick domain validation is completed, you will be issued the SSL certificate, which you can instal on your website and server immediately.

This certificate comes with the benefit of unlimited server licensing and the possibility of reissuing it free of charge, any time you need.

After the certificate is installed, you will get all the distinctive signs of a secured website: the “https” link in the URL bar, the padlock icon in all browsers, as well as the Sectigo site seal, which you can put in a preeminent place on your website. Your website’s visitors will know from the very beginning that their sensitive information is safe and in good hands.

Additionally to this certificate’s low price, you can also benefit from a 7% to 15% discount when you buy the SSL Certificate for 2 or 3 years. You also get a 25 days refund period guarantee, so that you have peace of mind about getting the right web security solution.

Sectigo Essential SSL is here to secure your blog / personal website, or small business website.

22 reviews for Sectigo Essential SSL

  1. 5 out of 5

    Review by Janette

    Bought and received it in just a few minutes. Configured it in less than 10 min. Thank you!

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Review by Thabo

    Switched from Let’s Encrypt to this certificate. Like the site seal.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Review by Saif

    A quick solution to secure a website.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Review by Ronnie

    Affordable and reliable!

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Review by Julia

    Straightforward validation and simple installation via cPanel.

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Review by Ezekiel

    The most viable option to protect regular websites. Easy validation and large scale compatibility.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Review by Rebecca

    My website says thanks =) I’m relieved I won’t see the HTTPS warning again.

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Review by Hope

    Great price and great service from SSL Dragon

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Review by Herman

    Switched from Let’s Encrypt to Essential. Happy with my choice. The site seal is nice as well.

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Review by Wanda

    Looks great on my personal website. Love the green padlock!

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Review by Marlon

    Passed the validation in a few minutes. My developer is installing it as I type☺

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Review by Jo

    Excellent price for securing one domain.

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Review by Cédric

    Cheaper than at other vendors. Fast validation and easy to set up.

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Review by Geo

    Works great, thanks!

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Review by Rick

    Issued really quick!

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Review by Raul

    Issued really quick! Great price!

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Review by Jenn

    I was a bit skeptical and hesitant about this certificate being so much cheaper than the ones offered by my hosting. Anyway, I gave it a try buying it, handing it to my developer, and it worked very well. Very happy with the price!

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Review by Hans

    Buying this certificate for a few years now. Works great!

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Review by greg

    i don’t fully trust free ssl certificates, so got this one instead for my travel blog. now it looks more professional.

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Review by Oleksandr

    Essential is very easy to validate and issue

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Review by Georgyi

    Was searching for a certificate for my fishing blog so I purchased this Comodo Essential as recommended on Quora. By far seems a good choice.

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Review by Ali

    easy to setup

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

What are Multi-Year SSL Subscription Plans?

Starting with August 19th, 2020, the maximum duration of publicly-trusted SSL/TLS certificates issued by all Certificate Authorities (CAs) has been set to a maximum of 13 months.

However, in order to make your SSL Management process time-saving and cost-effective, the CAs and SSL Dragon are offering you the 2 Year and 3 Year SSL Subscription Plans.

This means that you can still buy a 2 or 3 year SSL Certificate and continue to benefit from multi-year discounting, while still remaining compliant with the CAB Forum SSL requirements.

How the Multi-Year SSL works?

Due to security reasons, your SSL certificate is initially issued with a maximum 1-year validity.

Prior to the expiration of your certificate, SSL Dragon, on behalf of the CA, we will issue a free replacement certificate for an additional 1-year certificate, according to your Subscription Plan.

You will need to validate & install the replacement SSL:

a. If you have a Domain Validation SSL Certificate, a short verification of your domain name will be required via Email, HTTP, or DNS in order to issue the 1-yr replacement SSL.

b. If you have a Business or Extended SSL Certificate – an additional Business Validation/Extended Validation recheck and callback process will also be required.

You can still reissue your certificate at any time and as many times as you like during your Multi-Year SSL Subscription Plan.

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)


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.

If your SSL Certificate is issued by Sectigo or GoGetSSL, there are 2 more ways how you can complete the domain validation:

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, Sectigo 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 Sectigo’s 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

Sectigo allows you to 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 Sectigo validation robot. Sectigo validation robot comes from / The user agent should be “ComodoDCV” or “Sectigo DCV” or “COMODO DCV” or “SECTIGO DCV”.

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, so as 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:

Here is how to test the record:

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.

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:

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


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;

4. Email us using our Contact Form.

Duration Price You Save
1 year $19.99
2 years $35.99
3 years $50.99
Site seal:

Order Steps

  • Click "Buy Now"
  • Create/Access your account
  • Submit payment
Configure the certificate in your account
Pass validation & receive your SSL Certificate

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CPAC Basic $10.66
Sectigo PositiveSSL EV $77.49
CPAC Enterprise $41.99
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Certificates of the same validation:

GoGetSSL Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL $140.00
GoGetSSL Public IP SAN $70.00
GoGetSSL Multi-Domain SSL $43.33
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SSLS that secure same domains / sub-domains:

DigiCert EV SSL $250.00
DigiCert Standard SSL $167.50
GoGetSSL BusinessTrust $73.33
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