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Sectigo Trial SSL

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Domain Validation SSL

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




Sectigo Trial SSL is a quick and free solution to secure your blog / personal website or any small business website for a short period, during development or web design testing. You can add the Free Trial SSL for 90 days to your Sectigo Essential SSL, Sectigo Positive SSL, and Sectigo SSL Certificate order for free during checkout.

It is the perfect security solution to go with if you are new to this industry and you are not sure which SSL to choose. Best of All, this trial certificate offers all the features of its paid versions.

Domain Validation

You can get this trial certificate in five minutes with no paperwork required. The process is fully automated. All you have to do is select one of the validation methods (Email / HTTP Hash / DNS CNAME), and Sectigo will issue the cert. 

Free 90-day trial

With Sectigo Trial SSL you can secure your website for three months with no cost whatsoever. Enjoy bulletproof encryption, and extra perks before considering an upgrade.

Compatible with almost any platform

This certificate can handle almost any server and email client. All leading desktop and mobile browsers will trust it, and you won’t have to worry about the annoying SSL connection errors.

Unbreakable Encryption

All Sectigo certificates come with 256-bit encryption and a 2048-bit RSA signature key. You can also use Elliptic Curve Cryptography if your server supports it. This industry-standard technology is more than enough to protect sensitive data on the Internet.

Site Seal

The Sectigo Secure site seal is one of the most trusted and recognizable security indicators. It’s available with this free trial certificate and will improve your reputation and conversion rates when placed in the key areas of your site.

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.

11 reviews for Sectigo Trial SSL

  1. 5 out of 5

    Review by Edward

    I didn’t know you can order free trial certificates. Just received mine and it seems identical to a commercial version. Thanks!

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Review by Jayson

    Went with the trial first. Got the cert in a few minutes, and learned how to install it on my server.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Review by purple_rain

    The three-month trial is impressive. Gives me enough time to decide what certificate to choose in the future.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Review by Brad

    Nice option for testing.

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Review by Umar

    Used this certificate initially, then bought a wildcard certificate. Nice option to have when you don’t know exactly what type of SSL cert you’ll eventually install.

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Review by Dylan

    My hosting company doesn’t provide Let’s Encrypt, so I took this option instead. Not sure I’ll use it beyond the trial period, I’m thinking of getting Positive SSL.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Review by Angelica

    Glad I’ve found this trial certificate. Bought me time to save for a paid product.

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Review by Edwin

    Had this certificate for three months. Worked like clockwork.

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Review by Craig

    I bought an Extended Validation certificate, and we weren’t ready with submitting all the documents for it, so I got this certificate to have it on my website in the interim. It worked great for me, and served its purpose!

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Review by Ingrid

    My very first SSL certificate. The only thing it doesn’t have is a warranty) Went with Comodo Essential afterward.

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Review by Ron

    I needed to test if an SSL Certificate would work well on my hosting (a MS Azure server), so I bought this SSL Certificate, installed it and it worked perfect. It’s a good way to test out if your hosting is compatible with an SSL Certificate without spending any money.

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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:

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.

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: CNAME

while DigiCert (Thawte, GeoTrust, RapidSSL) require TXT DNS type, which looks like: TXT “w34f54t4t45t354eer98rn4jf4449nfrf”

or 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:

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.


Order a regular SSL Certificate and add this Free Trial SSL during checkout

Site seal:

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Sectigo Document Signing Certificate 18,666.66
Sectigo Pro S/MIME 3,013.33
Sectigo Personal S/MIME 1,200.00
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Certificates of the same validation:

Sectigo DV Multi-Domain SSL 10,000.00
Sectigo DV Wildcard SSL 16,666.66
Sectigo DV SSL 3,333.33
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SSLS that secure same domains / sub-domains:

Sectigo OV SSL 7,333.33
Sectigo DV SSL 3,333.33
DigiCert EV SSL 19,733.33
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