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  • Shared SSL URL question...and need opinions

    First post here. Glad to finally be able to participate in the forums. I have a lot of questions and a lot of configuring and changing to do but my first questions are about the shared SSL URL.

    I notice that every other 3DCart store that I have seen that uses shared SSL has a URL that looks like...

    http://MYSTORE.3dcartstores.com

    However, mine is different. It looks like this...

    http://MYSTORE-COM.3dcartstores.com

    So my first question is why is mine different from everyone else's? Did 3dcart change this recently?

    I don't mind too much, but I am beginning to wonder if the "-COM" part might draw more attention to the fact that I am using shared SSL

    Would I be allowed to get it changed to the traditional URL, without the "-COM" part?

    If so, what are your opinions on this? Is it worth the trouble to get it changed and is there a charge for it? I don;t know why it is like that in the first place.

    and my last question is about using the shared SSL from a customer's standpoint. I know this will vary from one industry to the next, but it is worth it to even bother using shared SSL and just buy my own SSL cert. Has anyone noticed that shared SSL decreased sales? I'm not opposed to buying my own SSL cert, but I sure would like to get away with it for a while as I am on a tight budget.

  • #2
    We did have people question our shared ssl, so we opted to get a private ssl.

    http://www.pack-secure.com

    Packaging and Shipping Supply Specialists

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    • #3
      And you were charged for 3dc to install it on the site, correct? I got a private SSL and they charged me $99 to install it on my website, so you have to consider that also into the cost of the private SSL.

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      • #4
        Toobusy - thanks for your reply, however this thread has nothing to do with paid SSL. I am inquiring about shared SSL. But to address what you stated, it is my understanding that there is no $99 installation fee for SSL if you buy the SSL cert through 3dcart. The $99 installation fee only applies to folks who purchase their cert independently.

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        • #5
          The one I purchased I purchased through GoDaddy because of the price they had and I was charged to install that one. Last year I went with the one I purchased through 3dc and was not charged for the install to the site. The shared SSL I never really used because like Pack Secure mentioned, people did question it of me also.

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          • #6
            toolsavvy If you are trying to establish a legitimate web business then you need to have your own domain, and not just have a subdomain piggybacking on ____.3dcartstores.com. Sharing a domain (never mind sharing the SSL) will cost you more sales than anything else.
            - Dean P. e-commerce and small business consulting

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            • #7
              Toolsavvy,

              The reason your store is mystore-com.3dcartstores.com as opposed to mystore.3dcartstores.com simply depends on how you entered your company when you signed up. Regarding shared SSL vs. your own SSL, DeanP is correct. Anytime a shopper is switched from mydomain.com to mydomain-com.3dcartstores.com, it will look less legitimate. If you are serious about sales, invest the $$ to get your own SSL.
              Joanne Barker
              VS Web Design
              [email protected]

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              • #8
                See this thread: http://forums.3dcart.com/forum/shopp...sl-from-3dcart

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DeanP View Post
                  toolsavvy If you are trying to establish a legitimate web business then you need to have your own domain, and not just have a subdomain piggybacking on ____.3dcartstores.com. Sharing a domain (never mind sharing the SSL) will cost you more sales than anything else.
                  I understand this. However, take this into consideration...

                  Shopify is a very ppular cart and many very successful online retailers use them. Successful meaning uber popular to those that make a living for their families. Thing is, shopify only allows the use of their shared SSL. You cannot use your own SSL cert.

                  Something to think about.

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                  • #10
                    toolsavvy The SSL isn't the issue in that case; example.myshopify.com and example.com (hosted on Shopify) will both use SSL from Shopify.

                    In your case, SSL is problem #43 while the URL used to access your store is problem #1. The shared SSL concerns become a nonissue when you use your own domain name instead of a 3dcartstores subdomain.
                    - Dean P. e-commerce and small business consulting

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                    • #11
                      Dean P. I'm no tsure I understand you. I just looked at a live shopify store and the shared URL for said store is...

                      For checkout: https://checkout.shopify.com/1793637...239.1434127258

                      For Login: https://calm-the-ham-2.myshopify.com

                      The login URL is similar to 3DCart but that checkout URL.....WHEEEW!

                      If customers buy from shopify stores with those shared SSL URLs, I highly doubt those same customers shy from a 3Dcart shared SSL URL.

                      But don;t get me wrong, I understand that the best thing is to have your own SSL. There is no question about it. But I think that for someone starting out on a shoestring who is selling certain products may be able to do well on a 3Dcart chard SSL for a while until he/she gets a leg up. But again, the product and the demographic of your customer base plays a big factor as well.

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                      • #12
                        I have just [paid $14.97 for a 3 year SSL (comodo) SHA 2 thru www.ssls.com . 3Dcart installed this today for $99.00 . Works fine for me.

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