How to configure external DNS with DigitalOcean DNS extension on Plesk

As a customer-friendly hosting panel, Plesk’s entire architecture and ecosystem are strategically designed to streamline and simplify things for customers. Besides the availability of extensions, the menu empowers clients to self-manage various backend and front-end aspects of their website. One of the very useful extensions in this list is the DigitalOcean DNS extension. In this tutorial, we will learn how to configure an external DNS server quickly and safely with Plesk.

There are good chances that, as a genuine netizen, Domain Name Service shouldn’t be an alien word for you. But sharing more knowledge never hurts. So, let’s dig deeper into this before coming to the main topic – Here’s a first sneak peek: 

DNS described in simple language

Think of DNS as a translator between you and the computer. DNS or Domain Name Server converts the simple English names like www.google.com into “computer language” of numerical codes.

This process of changing general domain names into computer language is called Resolving. The entity/agent that obtains the IP address by communicating with other servers is called DNS resolver. Loaded with sophisticated capabilities, Plesk can work as a reliable and competent DNS resolver.

Here’s what makes Plesk as a DNS server resolver so appealing: 

  • It can act as a backup server.
  • It delivers quick and direct translation services.
  • It offers easy-to-handle translation services on a remote server.

How does DNS work?

A specific storage space containing specific domain addresses either in a file or an authorized server is called domain zones. There are two types of DNS servers – Root DNS servers and secondary DNS servers, commonly known as lower-level DNS servers.

Root DNS servers refer to a hierarchically arranged global storage system containing the entire DNS database and corresponding IP addresses for all domain names. When the requesting browser attempts to access, say www.myexample.com it requests the authorized server to get the corresponding IP address.

Next level DNS servers store partial DNS databases. These servers are owned by business entities or ISPs who have registered their computers on the DNS system. They run the DNS server software to initiate and manage the DNS resolution process. Each DNS server comes with a public IP as well as vital databases of other hosts including their network names and addresses.

The visitor enters the desired domain name in the address bar and hits enter. It initiates the communication between visitors’ system and DNS server. Acting as a DNS client the web browser requests DNS data from a DNS server which is run by the user’s Internet service provider. Acting on the request the server looks into the internal DNS database to find a matching IP address.

In case if the server fails to find the match it forwards the request to another secondary DNS server in the network. If the matching IP is not found there the request is then escalated to the root server containing the global DNS database. After getting the domain name and corresponding IP the data is returned to the web browser through the route of DNS network. This is known as forward DNS. There is another process known as reverse DNS but that is beyond the scope of this article. You can read about it here.

Delegating DNS zone responsibilities

As a domain name client, you can either allow your registrar to handle the DNS zone responsibilities or delegate it to Plesk. The latter option enables you to self manage your domain zone through your Plesk interface.

Just like most of us techies, DNS is also a multi-tasker. Along with translating domain names into IP addresses, it also delivers other vital data like information related to mail domain, IP validity status, etc.

Configure an external DNS server quickly and safely with Plesk

By default the Plesk works as a master DNS server for the hosted website, i.e., other DNS servers can directly transfer their zones file from it. You also have the option to use the third party DNS servers. In this guide, we present the step by step instructions on how to install a digital ocean DNS extension on Plesk.

  •         Go to the Plesk Extensions Catalog.
  •         Search for DigitalOcean DNS and click “Install on my server”
  •         Open the extension.
  •         It opens the page presenting two options for installation namely “0Auth Authentication” and “API token”

Setting up your DigitalOcean DNS using Plesk Extension with API Token

Click on “API Token.” You would be prompted to enter a token. To generate the token, log into your digital ocean account and click API (left bottom). Click on “Generate a new token”. Enter your desired token name in the resultant dialogue box and click the button below it. You would see the details of the generated token. Copy the code.

Next, go to the Plesk tab, paste code in the box, and click the button below it. On the next screen, you can confirm that the digital ocean extensions have been connected. Click on the option “Activate all” and the extension will be active on all the connected domains.

Setting up your DigitalOcean DNS using Plesk Extension with 0Auth Authentication

Follow the same steps up to step 4 and upon presented the 2 authentication options choose “0Auth Authentication.” It will redirect you to your DigitalOcean account. Select your account and click “Authorize the application”, which will show you a confirmation link. Click the link. You would be taken back to the Plesk extension page click on activate all. It will activate on both extension and DigitalOcean. The existing records will be synchronized for both.

A Final Word

DNS servers offer you some key benefits for the security and performance of your website. However, setting it manually on your hosting server is a tedious process. Plesk simplifies it by offering you a smart extension that allows you to automatically configure external DNS through its DigitalOcean DNS Extension.

In this guide, we explained the benefits as well as detailed steps of configuring External DNS with DigitalOcean DNS extension on Plesk. For more information, you can also check this video tutorial on our Youtube channel. So, if there’s anything you’d like to share with us, drop us a line in the comment section below! 

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing an Ideal Server for Big Data Requirements

Big data refers to a massive volume of data sets that can not be processed by typical software or conventional computing techniques. Along with high volume, the term also indicates the diversity in tools, techniques, and frameworks that make it challenging to tackle and process the data. When stored and processed properly, this massive data can offer deep insights to the businesses. There are a number of ways in which big data can help businesses grow at an accelerated rate.

How Can Businesses Benefit From Big Data?

The businesses can store and process high amounts of data from diverse internal and external sources. Like company databases, social networks, and search engines to get excellent business ideas. It can also allow them to forecast the events that can have a direct impact on business operations and performance. On the marketing front, it can help you increase the conversion rate by offering only relevant schemes, launches, and promo offers to the customers based on their buying behavior. The progressive companies are using big data for new product development, understanding the market conditions, and utilizing the present and upcoming trends for direct business benefits.

The Role of Server in Big Data

For enjoying the optimum business benefits out of big data it’s important to choose the ideal hardware that can proactively assist in big data operations without significantly inflating the costs or complications. There are some challenges to address like determining the processing requirements, high volume data storage at superfast speed, and supporting simultaneous computations of massive levels without compromising with the output. An important part of this strategy is to choose the right type of server. 

The standard servers generally lack the resource volume and technical configuration required for various big data operations. So you would need the premium, purpose-built servers that are specially tailored to accommodate the massive data volume. As well as support the computational, analytical, and processing tasks. However, the final decision should be based on your specific requirements as no two customers are the same. You can find additional information on big data hosting in this previous article

In this blog we are going to present some of the ideal factors to keep in mind while deciding on the ideal server for ensuring optimum big data benefits:

1. Choose Servers with High-Capacity

The ideal properties of a big data server are massive storage, ultra-fast recovery, and high-end analytical capability. So, you need the servers that have the right configuration and capacities to meet all these requirements without any compromise.

  • Volume. As the name suggests, the big data feeds on loads of data that can go up to petabytes. For the uninformed, a single Petabyte is equal to 1,000,000 GB. So, make sure that your server can not only handle this massive amount of data but can also continue working consistently while handling it.
  • Real-Time Analysis. The USP of big data is organizing and structuring a huge volume of diverse and unstructured data and seamlessly adding the latter to the available structured data. So, you would need the servers with very high processing capacities to handle this requirement efficiently without fail.
  • Retrieval capabilities. Big data has big objectives too. For instance, real-time stock trading analysis where even a fraction of seconds matters a lot and can introduce multiple changes. For that, your server should fully support multiple users who are concurrently adding multiple inputs every second.

2. Sufficient Memory

RAM is one of the prime requirements for big data analytics tools and applications. Using RAM instead of storage will significantly accelerate the processing speed and help you to gain more output in relatively less time. It translates to better productivity and quicker time-to-market – the two factors that offer you a competitive edge in the industry. Due to varying requirements in terms of volumes and operations, it is not possible to advise on a typical RAM volume. However, to be on the safer side it is good to go with at least 64GB RAM. The readers are advised to discuss their requirements with the providers to know about the ideal memory requirements for their purpose.

3. Better RoI with NoSQL Databases, MPP and MapReduce

You also need to assist your clients in neatly segregating the analytical and operational requirements. It requires wisely optimizing the server hardware to meet the purpose. It is best to go for the NoSQL databases.

Unlike traditional databases, the NoSQL databases are not limited to a single server but can be widely spread across multiple servers. It helps it in dealing with tremendous computations by multiplying its capabilities manifolds and instantly scale up to the changing requirements in a fraction of seconds.

NoSQL databases can be defined as a mechanism that doesn’t use the tabular methodology for saving the data. Its non-relational data storage technology efficiently helps the businesses overcome the limitations and complexity inherent in traditional relational databases. To the end-users, this mechanism offers high speed scaling at relatively very less cost.

To accelerate the analytical big data capabilities you can rely on MPP databases (massively parallel processing) and MapReduce. These databases can significantly outscale the traditional single severs. You may also look for the NoSQL systems with inbuilt MapReduce functionality that allows it to scale to the cloud or a cluster of servers along with NoSQL.

4. Sufficient Network Capacity

You would need to send massive data volumes to the server. Lack of sufficient network capacity can throttle your operations. Be considerate of the fluctuations as well. You wouldn’t regularly be writing huge data volumes, which means that buying high bandwidth plans isn’t a cost-efficient solution for you. So, opt for the bespoke bandwidth solutions that allow you to select the ideal bandwidth to competently fulfill your data transfer requirements.

You can choose different bandwidth packages starting from 20 TB and going up to 1000 TB per month. To make things easier you may like to inform your provider about your expected data transfer requirements and ask them about the ideal bandwidth volume. Reputed providers can also offer you unmetered bandwidth for more demanding enterprise clients. Depending upon the volume and frequency of data 1Gbps is the least amount of bandwidth you require for your server.

5. Purpose-Specific Storage Capabilities

Along with storing permanent data your server also needs to accommodate huge amounts of intermediate data produced during various analytical processes. So, you would need sufficient data storage, Instead of choosing storage based on their capacity, think about their relevance for your purpose. The reputed vendors would always suggest you check your requirements before buying the storage. For instance, investing huge amounts on expensive SSD storage doesn’t make sense if your data storage requirements are modest and the traditional HDD can solve your purpose at much lower prices. 

6. High-End Processing Capacity

The analytics tools related to big data generally divide the processing operations across different threads. These threads are distributed across different cores of the machine and are executed simultaneously. For a modest, to average load, you need 8-16 cores but may require more than that depending on the load. The rule of thumb is to prefer a higher number of cores rather than a smaller volume of highly powerful cores if you are looking for more competent performance. 

Should You Use Software for Server Optimization to Meet Big Data Requirements?

The big data ecosystem has very specific needs that standard data servers with limited capabilities in terms of multitasking, output, and analytical insights can’t support. It also lacks the ultra-speed needed for real-time analytical data processing. So, you would require bespoke enterprise servers that seamlessly adapt to your particular needs in terms of volume, velocity, and diverse logical operations. For massive big data operations, you may need white box servers.

While technically it’s possible to employ software for optimizing the server environment. It may prove to be an expensive option in the long run by significantly reducing the RoI.

It also exposes your system to various security risks while at the same time increasing the management hassles like license acquisition/maintenance, etc. Moreover, you would have limited opportunities to fully utilize the available resources and infrastructure. 

On the other hand, using a purpose-specific server for the big data requirements offers multiple benefits like:

  • More operations per I/O that translate to better computational power 
  • Higher capabilities for parallel processing 
  • Improved virtualization power
  • Better scalability
  • Modular design benefits
  • Higher memory
  • Better utilization of the processor

Additionally, specially tailored servers can smartly work in collaboration. To assure the best possible utilization, virtualization, and parallel processing requirements. Due to their specific architecture, it’s easier to scale and manage them.

Conclusion

Big data can help your business grow at a very high rate. However, in order to get the best benefits out of your big data strategy, you need to build a purpose-specific ecosystem that also includes ideal hardware.

So, we mentioned some major factors to keep in mind while choosing the ideal server for your big data requirements. And now it’s time for you to let us know in the comments section below how do you think you can benefit from it. We want to hear from you!

Hostripples Q&A: Keeping Affordable, Flexible Hosting Plans and More

Hostripples Q&A: Keeping Affordable, Flexible Hosting Plans and More - Plesk Partners

A control panel is a lifesaver for a hoster, and though there are many to choose from, the hosting brand, Hostripples, chooses Plesk. Hostripples are a Plesk partner popular in India and USA which contributes the company’s success to Plesk’s control panel. Sanjay Jadhav, CEO and co-founder of Hostripples and SARPS Technologies, says that initially they were drawn to Plesk for its OS-agnostic properties. Now it offers more. So I asked Sanjay about his hosting company, alliance with Plesk and what this has changed in their hosting offerings.

What can you tell us about Hostripples?

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Hostripples was established in 2013 with the aim to support start-ups with the best industry standards at an affordable cost. We trained our skilled support team to help set up web projects on different technologies. And we believe we have the best environment as it includes CloudLinux Security, Anti-DDOS protection, SSL, SiteLock, Malware Scanner, and proactive monitoring. We’re compatible with any OS and have IPv4 and IPv6 included.

Most of our customers have dedicated servers because they love the quality hardware and performance it comes with. Of course, the setup and maintenance need solid Technical support and 24×7 availability. So this is where we believe we exceed customer expectations. We also do shared hosting and have a Cloud VPS range. Overall, we aim to offer the complete package for site security, availability, flexibility, and tech support.

How do you keep plans affordable without compromising on quality?

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Before considering the price factor of the product, we must evaluate the usability of the product that we serve to the customer. With a great control panel like Plesk, users get the best experience of handling the website function and bug-free operations. This allows customers to focus on the business rather than spending time in understanding the control panel and its functioning. Balancing the features and website packages, we managed to keep affordable prices for each product.

Our Support team ensures that each customer who requests for the support gets the solution for the query within a timely manner irrespective of the level of the package it holds. Hostripples bases packages on the Hosting – Joomla, WordPress Magento, Drupal, and so on. This ensures each package is built the same way for best user experience and flawless website operations.

What are the benefits of Plesk for Hostripples and your clients?

Business Benefits

Hostripples India certainly supports and recommends Plesk for developers and hosting providers. It’s flexible and universally compatible, with great safety features and billing applications to help you get business done. This has enabled Hostripples to come up with the best features and best prices in the industries.

Plesk’s automation and customization abilities have allowed us to mold our hosting plans according to our customers’ requirements. Even our customers have shown a positive approach towards Plesk and feel like they have complete control over their websites.

Great User Interface and Architecture

Plesk GUI is very simple and user-friendly, even for non-technical users. And the architecture includes extensions which provide super-fast delivery of new features.

Security and Stability

Security is one of the primary selling factors for Plesk. Plesk manages both web server security as well as account-level security, and Two Factor Authentication.

Easy Migration and Support

Plesk control panel makes it easier to move accounts compared to the other control panels. They also offer assisted migration and other technical support in many languages. Including Russian, French, Spanish, Japanese and German.

WordPress Compatibility

Plesk also comes with a WordPress Toolkit that allows you to manage your WordPress sites and instances easily and automatically. With the most popular and advanced tools and features, supported by the WordPress community.

Upcoming dream projects/plans for Hostripples

Currently, Hostripples servers are located in 17 countries, and plans are to expand in other countries too. We’re also focusing on providing reliable hosting services at minimum cost. So even small businesses can get online and expand worldwide with our cheap hosting solutions.

Do you agree with Sanjay from Hostripples? Share your experiences with Plesk and other control panels in the comments below.

How AI is disrupting the Web Hosting industry

Web Hosting industry and AI

Artificial Intelligence is transforming industries worldwide – with the web hosting industry following the trend in high spirits. By harnessing the benefits of AI, Plesk is helping hosters to streamline routine tasks, reduce workloads, and consistently improve service quality. Ultimately enhancing these hosting companies’ productivity and profits. Let’s explore, thanks to our latest web hosting industry news, how you too can leverage AI for your business.

More time to increase productivity

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The competition in the hosting industry is getting tougher. So, companies need to quickly adopt new technologies and constantly upgrade their skills if they want to survive. However, daily routine tasks leave very little room for that. AI is the perfect solution here because it can:

  1. Independently capture current stats, data and analysis, evaluate it and convert it into comprehensive key reports. Then send it to companies and clients- almost instantly.
  2. Efficiently update software, allocate resources, implement the load balancer and adjust settings to sync with changing requirements. All with little to no human intervention.
  3. Ensure optimum site performance in order to keep clients happy.
  4. Help hosting companies widen their reach by exploring new trends, web hosting industry news and market needs.
  5. Enhance service quality, and thus increase customer loyalty via support, amongst other things.

Failsafe security

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The increasing number of security threats has alarmed businesses of all sizes. They now demand more robust security to tackle the latest hacking tricks that traditional security methods just can’t. AI platforms can effectively identify suspicious patterns, even when smartly hidden in the code or on a remote website.

AI not only detects the most minute of changes, but also learns to handle them by itself. This is quicker and more efficient than simply alerting you – and can minimize costly damage. Moreover, it can evolve over time, constantly boosting its capability of dealing with the latest security threats.

Stable performance during fluctuations

Stable performance during fluctuations

Advanced monitoring and detection equip AI platforms with dependable prediction skills. So they can anticipate upcoming fluctuations – like traffic surges, overloading, and technical issues. This helps maintain maximum uptime, and boost performance and speed – the core factors to enhance user experience.

Improved experience for your customers strengthens their relationship and encourages them to stick to your brand for future needs. Like upgrades and value-added services. Plesk is one of many reputable platforms to offer automation for specific hosting packages, like AI tools for WordPress hosting management.

Better customer experience

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Customer service plays a key role in this hosting business, but the help section or knowledge base have their limitations. They can fail to resolve the more complicated issues, thus overloading your support staff. AI-powered chatbots can better interact with clients and offer precise solutions to resolve their issues.

Advanced AI can employ technology that quickly recognizes the customers and sifts through their history and records for key info. Overall helping to resolve more queries in less time – enriching customer experiences while helping to increase your productivity.

Moreover, AI helps develop business-friendly infrastructure tools for web hosting providers to enjoy scalability, customizable features and innovative functionalities.

The multiple benefits AI offers the web hosting industry

AI’s advanced technology can streamline the tasks, save time and efforts, enhance security and deliver better client experience. Moreover, there are various open source AI tools available free of cost – offering premium enterprise capabilities. Making them an ideal option for beginners and small hosting companies on limited budget.

Plesk also offers such capabilities at low costs – many a time with free versions available. Get in touch to find out more about how Plesk experts can help you tailor a solution that fits your business.

Moving from HTTP to HTTPS 3: Troubleshooting and DIY solutions

Moving from HTTP to HTTPS 3: Troubleshooting and DIY solutions - Plesk

One thing is quite clear- HTTPS is here for good. When SSL certificates give you HTTPS status, you’re saving user data from hackers, making the internet a safer place. You’re also increasing online transactions on e-commerce sites. That’s why most serious website owners have already migrated from HTTP to HTTPS – or are attempting it.

However, even with a host of benefits for a Google-friendly HTTPS site, there are certain technical issues associated with its integration or maintenance that may puzzle even technical users. Let’s now talk about such issues and the best possible ways to resolve them.

Optimizing Speed and Performance

This article presented some tricky errors along with their easy, DIY solutions. Let us know in the comments if we’ve managed to keep the instructions clear and simple and if you performed all the steps accurately.

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It’s not uncommon to experience site performance/speed issues after upgrading to HTTPS. SSL-enabled sites go through a series of additional verification processes when a visitor enters. One of the key processes is the handshake that requires a significant amount of CPU power. Here are a few actionable tips that can minimize the operation series and resolve this issue.

  1. Save time by sending multiple requests through a single connection. For that purpose, you need to enable Keep-Alive connections.
  2. Shave time by reusing the SSL session parameters. It will eliminate the SSL handshakes requirements for subsequent or parallel connections.
  3. SSL session cache stores multiple sessions. This cache is shared between all the workers. Use ssl_session_cache directive to enable it.
  4. There are 4000 sessions per megabyte of cache and its default timeout is 5 minutes However, you can increase this time for the better results by using the directive ssl_session_timeout.
  5. To further enhance your website speed by 50-300%, you may also consider the downloadable Speed Kit extension on Plesk.

Issues regarding SSL certificates

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SSL Certificate Chains

Another tricky situation is when browsers refuse to accept a certificate, even from a reputed authorized CA. The most popular browsers generally have an inbuilt certificate base containing variously authorized and reputed CAs. However, the reputed CAs use intermediate certificates to sign the server certificate.

The series of chained certificates are provided by the CAs that ultimately link to the root certificate. These intermediate certificates aren’t in the browsers’ inbuilt certificate store and it causes the error. Here are the actionable tips you can follow.

  1. Ideally, the chained certificates should follow the server certificates in order to enable the operations/process.
  2. If you’re non-technical, it’s good to get help from a professional or CA.
  3. Open certificate details and :certification path will reveal the problem areas.
  4. Communicate with your CA if you find difficulty installing an intermediate certificate.

Invalid SSL Certificate

If you try installing the certificate with incorrect details, you’ll get this error. Here’s what to do.

  1. Let’s Encrypt users can use the renewal command to renew an SSL certificate.
  2. If you purchased from another CA, ask them for an SSL certificate renewal.
  3. Make sure the CA is reputable and recognized by popular browsers.

Outdated SSL certificate

As the name suggests you need to renew your SSL certificate because it is now past its due date or has some validity issues. If your browser doesn’t support SNI, then updating its version can resolve the issue. You may also try revisiting the same page.

The Mixed Content Issue

When you use an HTTPS domain as a path to send HTTP elements, it causes the mixed content error. Basically, you’re trying to mix the different elements (HTTP and HTTPS) on the same platform. Here’s how to solve it.

  1. Just visit the console tab in chrome dev tools where you can find a series of elements. If the elements are hard-coded, you need to modify the URL manually. For external resources just replace the HTTP versions with HTTPS. If the external resources haven’t yet transferred to HTTPS, you can send them a request. Alternatively, you can also look for the HTTPS substitutes to the external resources, like images.
  2. Review the certificate information of the custom SSL certificate that you’re adding to CDN/Origin server and make sure all the information is correct and current. Things to check: intermediate certificates (check entire range  separately ), Private key, empty lines (delete if you encounter any).
  3. Use some reputable tool that can help generate an intermediate certificate.

Outdated Browser, Cache and Cookies

Older browsers may be unable to recognize the SSL-enabled sites because they don’t support these technologies. If browsers cache has saved the older SSL information about your site’s recently-updated certificate, then this message appears due to an info mismatch.

This error may still occur after you solve the problem. resolving the problem if that problem. The simple remedy is to clear your cache so your browser can again retrieve and read the updated certificate details.

Apache Issues

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For Apache issues, you need to use codes. Digicert, leading SSL authority, provides a complete guide on how to resolve such issues. Along with solution codes that you might just need to copy/paste. With Digicert, you can also diagnose your SSL issues here, provide your site name and check for the reports.

Further DIY Solutions to HTTPS Issues in Plesk

If you love DIY exercises, then here are different ways to buy, manage or renew your SSL certificate in Plesk. All you have to do is to click the links below and follow the easy instructions.

  1. Change the default certificate
  2. Renew the default certificate
  3. Purchase SSL Certificate from Plesk
  4. Enable redirection from HTTP to HTTPS in Plesk
  5. Download SSL certificate in Plesk

This article presented some tricky errors along with their easy, DIY solutions. Let us know in the comments if we’ve managed to keep the instructions clear and simple and if you performed all the steps accurately.

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Moving from HTTP to HTTPS 2: SSL Certificates and their suitability

SSL Certificates

SSL certificates help secure data in transit against attacks. Regardless of their types or issuing agency, all SSL certificates encrypt submitted data – decrypting it only upon reaching its recipient. While this basic functionality remains the same for all types of SSL certificates, there are some key differences in suitability and limitations. Let us explore these differences in detail as you continue your move from HTTP to HTTPS.

DV (Domain-validated) Certificate

DV (Domain-validated) Certificate - Plesk

DV or domain validate certificate is the most basic level of certification. It simply helps you demonstrate that you’re the submitted domain owner, while requesting the SSL certificate.

A DV certificate is ideal for internal communications, to maintain test domains and servers, and internal sites. Rarely, it may also be suitable for small businesses with a brochure website.

DV Certificate Limitations

  1. DV doesn’t mention the company name that owns and operates the domain. Hence, it doesn’t verify the domain is owned by a trusted, official, legal entity. This can discourage shoppers or potential partners from sharing their personal info while performing online transactions on your site.
  2. Sharing data over a secured network with an unidentified/unverified recipient isn’t wise. A hacker can purchase a fraudulent similar sounding domain name and its SSL certificate (like Mikrosoft.com or Jumla.com). This just to trick visitors into sharing sensitive data which they will later misuse.

OV Certificate

OV Certificate - Plesk

You get an OV certificate after a detailed verification process. Because it displays more comprehensive domain information, thus verifying that the legal corporate entity that owns it is authentic.

An OV Certificate is suitable if you’re running a commercial website or blog that requires clients to login using an ID/password. Or for educational institutes that require students/teachers to login and check reports/attendance and other non-interactive activities. An OV may also suit local community websites and small business websites that don’t involve sales or sharing of payment details.

OV Certificate Limitations

  1. Real human interaction like the telephonic call is generally involved at multiple levels that enhance the trust level.
  2. Trusted real-world sources are checked to cross-verify the corporate nature of the business requesting it. In most of the cases, it also involves the submission of business documents.

EV (Extended Validation) Certificate

EV (Extended Validation) Certificate - Plesk

EV certificates almost eliminates any phishing possibilities because of its strict configuration, reinforcing failsafe security at multiple levels. However, an EV requires the most stringent verification process. Your organization can have one issued only after it can successfully pass all verification steps. Namely, physical existence, current legal/operational status, exclusive domain ownership and controlling rights of the commercial entity.

EV Certificate Suitability

  1. The EV certificate is perfect for online stores that need customer personal and payment information. Including contact address and phone number.
  2. EV is also suitable for Healthcare websites that establish communication between doctor and patients. Also, government, educational and other interactive websites that conduct online tests, assessments and such.
  3. If you’re working on mission-critical projects via your website, then an EV SSL certificate is the best option for you.
  4. The EV certificate is also the best choice for online wealth building and management sites and Blockchain websites. Those enabling online payments and are looking to build a long lasting digital empire.

Single Domain SSL certificate

The single domain covers only one main domain to which it belongs, without supporting any of its subdomains. So if you buy a single domain certificate for mycompany.com, it will only provide SSL security (and HTTPS status) to yourcompany.com. The Single Domain SSL certificate is ideal for small businesses and start-ups that just want to secure one domain. Like the homepage.

Wildcard SSL Certificate

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Along with securing the main domain, the wildcard certificate also secures all related subdomains. In short, the Wildcard perfectly fills the gaps left by the single domain certificate. For instance, if you purchased a Wildcard SSL Certificate for mysite.com, then it will automatically secure blog.mydoman.com, services.mydomain.com, and shop.mydomain.com.

A Wildcard SSL certificate is best for business websites, institutional sites and other websites with multiple web pages of high importance. Such as government organizations, eCommerce sites, online new media, and social community websites.

Multiple Domain Names Certificate

The Multiple Domain names SSL certificate is fully capable of securing multiple domain names that belong to you. The Multiple Domain Names Certificate is suitable if you’re running a group of companies with different URLs or you’re considering starting up multiple blogs or sites in the future.

HTTP to HTTPS: Get the best benefits from your SSL Certificate

You need to know about various options and their suitability for you to make the best SSL choice. Especially with the move from HTTP to HTTPS. This article should help you evaluate this in the context of your business and its objectives. If you’d like to know more about the suitability of different certificates, read our SSL Certificate guide here or the more detailed SSL info from Digicert.

Moving from HTTP to HTTPS 1: Avoiding the SEO Pitfalls

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If you’ve recently moved your site from HTTP to HTTPS, or are planning to soon, then be sure not to make a costly SEO mistake. While moving your site, you’ll make several changes that may harm your SEO, if not made correctly. But fortunately, you’ve landed on this guide to help you out with a few straightforward steps.

HTTP to HTTPS: Use Appropriate Redirects

If you’ve recently moved your site from HTTP to HTTPS, or are planning to soon, then be sure not to make a costly SEO mistake. While moving your site, you’ll make several changes that may harm your SEO, if not made correctly. But fortunately, you’ve landed on this guide to help you out with a few straightforward steps. Use Appropriate Redirects

When you use a 302 page redirect, Google starts indexing the new HTTPS version, but does not stop indexing the older HTTP version. Because Google considers the two HTTP and HTTPS versions different properties.

This separate indexing prevents the SEO juice and other qualities of your old URL to be passed onto your new HTTPS version. Thus, making all your previous SEO efforts on the old HTTP version redundant, and you may need to start again from scratch. However, when you redirect to 301, Google indexes the 301 targeted URL and discontinues crawling the older version. Resulting in more than 90% of SEO juice transfers to the new HTTPS version.

Avoid chained redirects

Google cannot crawl more than five chained redirects. So, it’s wise to include all your existing redirects to the initial HTTP to HTTPS redirect. Thus, making things easier for Google can certainly help your SEO. WordPress sites can use redirection to manage redirects or this redirect checker to trace redirectchain.

Don’t redirect to a single irrelevant destination

Redirecting different old URLs to a single irrelevant location creates unnecessary confusion and negatively affects the user experience. However, if you consolidated contents from multiple old URLs to a single page, then it’s fine to redirect them there.

Enhance Crawling Efficiency

Enhance Crawling Efficiency - Plesk

Different post-move processes for SEO/search engine updates would need to recrawl your site. If your site is complex and large, it can affect crawling efficiency and delay the process. Here are a few tips to increase efficiency and reduce time:

  1. Admin Pages, backend folders and other irrelevant pages waste significant time for search engine bots. So, prevent them crawling through these sections by editing the robots.txt file.
  2. Bots don’t interpret graphics. So, images should come with proper image alt-tags to make them bot-friendly.
  3. Interlink old content at the relevant portions of the new content. It will help with deep crawling and add to its value.
  4. Consider one of various free or paid tools available that enhance crawl efficiency, thus speeding up the process altogether.

Check crawling behaviour and response codes

Keep a close eye on the crawling behaviour of Google bot on both versions, from HTTP to HTTPS. Along with checking the crawled URLS, you also need to look at the response codes the Google bot receives via analytics. To facilitate this information, you’ll need to upload server log files.

Robots.txt

Robots.txt - Plesk

Robots.txt is a vital source of your technical search engine profile. So after the move you need to check Robots.txt once or twice and make the necessary changes.

  1. Carefully check HTTPS robots.txt to ensure its content matches the previous listed for that HTTP version and that it doesn’t disallow all.
  2. The HTTPS pages should not have any Meta ‘no index’ attributes and the HTTP robot.txt file shouldn’t disallow all. It should either redirect or deliver 404 as applicable.
  3. Blocking HTTP URLs in robots.txt prevents the search engines from seeing the HTTPS URLs redirects. Thus, various vital signals like Pagerank etc. will not be transferred.

Update HTTP resources immediately

Most possibly you could be using some external resources on your website like images and social communications. Make sure you update all such resources in the page source code so that they point to the HTTPS versions. In case a resource doesn’t have a HTTPS version, it may be better to look for substitutes from a secured source.

Also note that the presence of HTTP elements on the site can attract a ‘No Secure’ warning. Thus, defeating the very objective of buying an SSL certificate.

Change your Metadata and structure markup to align with your new HTTPS status and help you maximize ranking benefits. Namely canonical and pagination attribute, hreflang and rel alternate media, and structured mark-up (example: breadcrumbs and videos).

Then, communicate the HTTP to HTTPS changes to Google by verifying the HTTPS property in Google Search Console. Make a property set that is the combination of HTTP and HTTPS properties to facilitate monitoring. Then set ideal configuration for handling parameter for HTTPS version in the search console itself.

Hosting panel resources for non-technical users

There are some really good, reputable hosting panels offering easy documentation and step-by-step guidance. Plesk is among one of the top choices for non-technical users because of its neat interface and multi-OS support. If you’re using Plesk, you’ll first need to install SSL certificates for your domain. Also make sure that you have enabled SSL/TLS support in your domain Hostings Settings.

Linux OS and Plesk users

If you use Linux OS then access your .htaccess file in Plesk and paste the following link:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R,QSA]
</IfModule>

Click OK and you’re done.

Web.config file for Plesk and Windows users

Access you web.config file under file manager and paste the following code just before  </system.webServer>:

<rewrite>
<rules>
<rule name="HTTP to HTTPS redirect" stopProcessing="true">
<match url="(.*)" />
<conditions>
<add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="off" ignoreCase="true" />
</conditions>
<action type="Redirect" redirectType="Permanent" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" />
</rule>
</rules>
</rewrite>

HTTP to HTTPS is a wise move if you can dodge the negative SEO impacts that may result. Hopefully this article has accomplished that for you. For more info, here’s the detailed guide on different SEO-friendly HTTPS redirection methods in Plesk.