When you order an SSL certificate you get to choose a validation method from the following options: (Note these options apply to all SSL certificates except the Extended Validation SSL Certificate).
- Email validation. This results in a Domain Control Validation (DCV) email being sent to a qualifying email address associated with the domain name. The email needs responding to according to the instructions it contains to validate ownership of the domain name. Please see theWhat email addresses can I use for validating my SSL Certificate order section for the email address options.
- DNS record. This requires you to add a specific CNAME DNS record to the DNS records of the domain name. The specific record is displayed during the order process and is sent to the account contact email address in an email.
- Webpage. This requires you to upload a specific webpage with specific contents to the live hosting of the website for the domain. The full page name and contents required are displayed during the order process and is sent to the account contact email address in an email.
- The validation requirements for Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates can be found under a separate FAQ in this section.