I just saw this, wondering what the difference is?
Wondering x2 here. It seems StartSSL certs are issued by StartCom. I just checked Windows' certificate repository, and StartCom's CA verification root cert is present, so that says to me that certs signed by these folks shouldn't present any problems to Windows users who browse to a site using them. Not sure about other platforms, but if it's in here, it's probably elsewhere by default too.
StartCom's free certs don't include verification, but probably for most people, that's not necessary.
imo, not clearly a steal. For one, startssl is free. If you are building a commerce site (shop site?) this $5.99 product may not be the right one for you, if you want the silly green extended validation thing anyways.
A dedicated IP and static IP are not the same. Unless he gets two dedicated IPs (as in, for his use only, he is the only site served off of port 443), this will not work. It matters not whether the IPs change (are static) in the future (that is what DNS is for).
That hasnt been true for several years now due to SNI, though not all hosts/servers may support it.
please note that startssl is not "free" if your site is involved in financial or commercial activities, especially if it is a commerce site. It is approx $60 for their cert for their Class 2 cert which will be required.
"Note: A fee of US$ 59.90 is charged for Class 2 personal identity validation."
"Identity and organization validations are valid for 350 days. After the validation period expires they must be re-validated exactly the same way as the first time." -- i.e. another $60 yearly.
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