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Using a Wildcard certificate means having a one-stop solution for all of your SSL needs. A single Wildcard SSL certificate can get all of your sub-domains fully verified and secured without needing to purchase anything else.

Wildcard SSL certificates are a low-cost way to secure an unlimited number of servers. Blogs, e-commerce sites, and mail servers are just some use-cases where a Wildcard certificate comes in handy. Quickly and easily enjoy high identity assurance and validation on your website with a single Wildcard SSL certificate implemented across multiple sub-domains - no other SSL certificate product category comes with these features.

Wildcard SSL Certificates

Domain Validated Wildcard SSL Certificates

Domain Validated
ProductLowest PriceSecuresSite SealWarrantyIssuance Time 
Most PopularComodo PositiveSSL Wildcard$37.99 / yr
$406 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$10,0005-15 minutes
Comodo EssentialSSL Wildcard$64.80 / yr
$672 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$10,0005-15 minutes
Comodo Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL$115.00 / yr
$1,021 Saved
Multiple domains with Unlimited subdomains
$10,0005-15 minutes
Sectigo Wildcard SSL$119.80 / yr
$1,197 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$500,0005-15 minutes
Sectigo SSL Multi-Domain UCC Wildcard$201.00 / yr
$4,923 Saved
Multiple domains
Unlimited subdomains
$500,0005-15 minutes
GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium Wildcard Flexi$160.08 / yr
$1,716 Saved
Multiple domains with
Unlimited subdomains
$500,0005-15 minutes
Thawte SSL 123 Wildcard$165.60 / yr
$2,152 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$500,0005-15 minutes
RapidSSL Wildcard$71.00 / yr
$589 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$5,0005-15 minutes

Business Wildcard SSL Certificates

Business Validated
ProductLowest PriceSecuresSite SealWarrantyIssuance Time 
Comodo PremiumSSL Wildcard$101.80 / yr
$1,291 Saved
Unlimited subdomain
$250,0001-2 days
Sectigo SSL Wildcard$101.80 / yr
$1,291 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$1,000,0001-2 days
Sectigo Multi-Domain SSL UCC Wildcard$201.00 / yr
$4,923 Saved
Multiple domains
Unlimited subdomain
$1,000,0001-2 days
GeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard$216.38 / yr
$2,070 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$1,250,0001-2 days
GeoTrust True BusinessID Multi-Domain Wildcard$216.38 / yr
$2,070 Saved
Multiple domains
Unlimited subdomains
$1,250,0001-2 days
Most PopularThawte Wildcard SSL Certificate$214.00 / yr
$2,082 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$1,250,0001-2 days
DigiCert Wildcard$496.20 / yr
$1,144 Saved
Unlimited subdomains
$1,000,0001-3 days
Comodo Sectigo GeoTrust DigiCert Thawte RapidSSL
24/7 Support
Money Back Guarantee
Secure Unlimited Subdomains
99.9% Device Support

Using a Wildcard Certificate: How Does It Work?

Multiple Secure Websites Wildcard

The Wildcard SSL certificate is a unique SSL/TLS provision that features a so-called wildcard character (asterisk/* or question mark/?) in the domain name field. Due to this, Wildcard certificates can be used to secure multiple sub-domains simultaneously.

A single Wildcard certificate for *.domain.com could, for example, secure any combination of the following:

  • www.domain.com
  • mail.domain.com
  • store.domain.com
  • subdomain.domain.com

And so on. Depending on your specific website, you could make ample use of just one cheap Wildcard SSL certificate. Most other types of SSL/TLS offers don't afford such a level of versatility, though multi-domain Wildcard certificates do exist, and provide users even more options for future expansion.

If you see yourself making use of multiple subdomain features in the future, investing in a Wildcard SSL certificate could be the way to go. Doing so would not only save you money in the long run -as you wouldn't have to buy multiple certificates later on - but also provide you with a comprehensive management option for all of your subdomains.

It's important to note that - as we suggested above - only specific Wildcard certificates cover multiple domains simultaneously. For the most part, a generic Wildcard SSL certificate will be limited to a single domain with support for unlimited subdomains.

Keep in mind that Wildcard SSL certificates can only secure subdomains on a single level of a domain. If you need to safe-keep multiple levels of subdomains, you'll need to get a Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL or a Business SSL under GeoTrust, Thawte or DigiCert. As Business Wildcard SSL Certificates under GeoTrust, Thawte or DigiCert allow you to secure multiple sub-domain levels under the one wildcard certificate without additional costs.

What makes Wildcard SSL Certificates important?

Being able to secure any given sub-domain within a single domain name is an invaluable option for many website owners. Setting up a mail server, if nothing else, calls for a similar solution. Naturally, the ability to rely on a single SSL certificate to secure every single sub-domain you may or may not have comes in extremely handy.

A Wildcard certificate can also secure multiple servers - if that's what you need it to do. As an example, you may need to keep separate sandboxes for multiple services that your website offers. Wildcard SSL certificates allow you to do precisely that, whereas a baseline DV or OV certificate wouldn't.

There are many different kinds of certificates. A Wildcard SSL certificate, in particular, is designed from the bottom-up to be among the most versatile security solutions of its type. As soon as a Certificate Authority issues and you install a Wildcard certificate, it will secure the main domain and all subdomains: an unlimited number of them.

Secured Website
SecuresUnlimited Sub-domains
WarrantyUp-to $1,750,000
Key CryptographyRSA or ECC
Minimum Key Size2048-bit (RSA), 233-bit (ECC)
SSL/TLS Encryption256-bit Encryption
Selecting a Certificate Authority for SSLs

How to choose the right Certificate Authority for my Wildcard SSL Certificate?

Virtually all CAs are signing Wildcard certificates as of 2021. From Comodo to DigiCert - there's a wide variety of price options on the market, and you can always contact our team here at SSLTrust for more information. Alternatively, you can also look up specific certificate pages using the appropriate links.

The important bit to keep in mind, though, is that no matter which price-point you might be looking at, you're getting a security solution of some sort. Even the cheapest Wildcard SSL available is far better than having no SSL at all, and it's plainly obvious that websites with multiple subdomains need a more cost-effective option than a regular DV SSL provides.

Search through the Wildcard certificates featured on this site and choose the subject that matters the most for your specific use case. Or contact our helpful and very knowledgable support team to have them help you select the correct solution to your needs.

I was utterly and totally confused, even buying the wrong type of SSL Certificate that I needed. Trying to work out the intricacies of Wildcard SSL for 3 Servers has been a two week adventure into an area of Domain security that I have never had to venture into in the past.Spending money with our registrar for SSL certs was the wrong way to go first up.Once I found SSL Trust, purchasing and setting up SSL was easy, I just didn't know enough about Sub domains and wildcards to get the right one.Emailing SSL Trust to gain assistance and clarity on what I needed on a Friday evening and having the best support and advice come back within the hour was quite simply, refreshing and unexpected. A bit of back and forth between Paul and myself sorted out any questions I had and gave me the instructions to get exactly what I needed - outstanding!Paul organised for the incorrect SSL to be cancelled and credited which was a nice bonus and helped me feel better that I hadn't wasted money on the wrong certificate unlike the registrar who can't cancel or credit.I won't be doing a lot of SSL Certificates in the future but I have found the one company that I will use when I need to, SSL Trust!

3 months ago

We have ordered an code signing certificate from SSLTrust. Validation was a bit tricky in our case (because of reasons not related to SSLTrust), so had to contact support. The service was exceptional and just a local phone call away. We first spoke to Paul - an experienced and knowledgeable person, who was very helpful and friendly. He then followed up with emails and kept an eye on our case, in timely manner. With Paul's help we managed to get this accomplished and get our certificate. I recommend SSLTrust for all Australian customers and will certainly use their service again.

7 months ago

I had a great experience with SSLTrust. Paul was knowledgeable and helpful when answering my questions. As a result, I was able to successfully obtain a Code Signing Certificate. Highly recommended!

3 months ago

Wildcard SSL Certificates FAQ

Once issued, a Wildcard SSL certificate will secure your main domain and unlimited subdomains that exist as part of it. Since many websites make good use of multiple subdomains simultaneously, this makes Wildcard certificates an ideal choice for many users.

The name 'Wildcard' is derived from the two wildcard characters that define this particular certificate. These are, respectively, the question mark(?) and the asterisk (*).

Each of the two main Wildcard characters serves a slightly different purpose. Between square brackets, the question mark (?) represents a single sub-domain instance. The asterisk(*), on the other hand, represents multiple sub-domains when you put it between square brackets.

By having the nature of your server setup defined using one or more characters, you can substantially streamline your SSL certificate management simply by choosing the right SSL for the job.

A cheap Wildcard SSL certificate is every bit as secure as any other SSL certificate. Wildcard certificates feature industry-standard 256-bit encryption (or greater) and high assurance of security coverage from the issuing CA. The level of support you might get will vary from one CA to another, of course, but business validation and the customers' security should not be a concern.

Depending on the services your website offers, you may or may not need a Wildcard SSL certificate. It's the perfect choice for those who need to quickly and easily apply a digital certificate to a domain and to all its subdomains. It may not be the best choice if you only have a main domain and a single subdomain you need to secure.

A single-domain SSL certificate differs from Wildcard SSL certificates in the scope of application, for the most part. Wildcard certificates feature the asterisk/* modifier which lets them apply to an unlimited number of subdomains, while a single-domain SSL will do no such thing.

Wildcard SSL certificates apply 256-bit encryption (or greater) to a website and an unlimited number of its multiple subdomains. Most importantly, there's no need to spend money on additional certificate purchases when using a Wildcard certificate. Even if you continue adding additional subdomains to your server later on, Wildcard certificates will continue to provide security.

The price of a Wildcard SSL varies depending on which CA you decide to turn to. While all of these SSL certificates feature the same standard 256-bit encryption, some of the pricier choices come with extra bells and whistles, too. Depending on your choice, expect to spend between $37.99 and $496.20 every year. From Comodo to DigiCert, there's a lot of options to choose from.

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Comodo PositiveSSL Wildcard Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $37.99 /yr

If price is a major concern, but you still need to protect multiple subdomains, all the same, Comodo PositiveSSL is the go-to option for SSLTrust users. Apply appropriate levels of encryption to your website with Comodo and protect your customers' data today.

Comodo EssentialSSL Wildcard SSL Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $64.80 /yr

An upgrade to the PositiveSSL option from Comodo, EssentialSSL comes with a more robust compatibility list than its cheaper variant. Securing your own corner of the web is easier than ever before - no matter which device your customers might be visiting from.

GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium Wildcard Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $160.08 /yr

Do you search for the perfect ratio of price, performance, and security while looking for an SSL? Backed by years of premium-tier security, GeoTrust Wildcards may be the SSL certificates you need. Choose QuickSSL for fast and easy access and immediate implementation - with support teams on standby, if you need them.

Thawte SSL 123 Wildcard Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $165.60 /yr

Enjoy further improvements to scalability and flexibility with Thawte's 123 Wildcard SSL. Save time and money by applying wide-sweeping Wildcard security to your site and an unlimited number of its multiple attached subdomains. This Wildcard SSL comes with a $500,000 warranty for extra assurance, too.

Comodo PremiumSSL Wildcard SSL Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $101.80 /yr

Wildcards come as business-grade solutions, too. Comodo PremiumSSL Wildcard secures websites used by businesses, schools, and governments, offering top-tier validation and encryption to the entirety of the server it's applied on.

Comodo Multi-Domain Wildcard Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $115.00 /yr

A specific Comodo solution for securing websites with complex security requirements, the Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL certificate is a cutting-edge SSL in every way - while still retaining its competitive price range. Safe-keep multiple domains as well as their subdomains, with the ability to add more pages to your website whenever you want.

GeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $216.38 /yr

GeoTrust True BusinessID secures your site and upgrades it to show HTTPS support in the address bar - featuring high-grade encryption applied to an unlimited number of subdomains available on your server. A certificate of choice for many e-commerce websites from across the world.

GeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard Multi-Domain UCC/SAN

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $216.38 /yr

When the price is less of a concern than sheer security, it's time to turn to GeoTrust SAN solutions for your servers. Apply this True Business ID to multiple domain names for top-level data protection for your business, your team, and your private users - all in one go.

DigiCert Wildcard Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $496.20 /yr

DigiCert site protection is for those users who need only the best of SSL certificates applied to multiple domains, and who don't mind paying a premium price for it. Subject your website to DigiCert's streamlined and improved verification process and have them signing a best-in-class certificate for you in a matter of minutes.

Thawte Wildcard SSL Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $214.00 /yr

Thawte SSL certificates are renowned for their flexibility and reliability, and the company's Wildcard SSL certificate is no different. Upgrade your site to HTTPS and let your visitors know that your business is a stellar example of web security done right.

RapidSSL Wildcard Certificate

Lowest price guarantee, starting as low as $71.00 /yr

RapidSSL solutions are a great choice when the price is a serious consideration. Purchase RapidSSL's standard Wildcard SSL certificate and get full address protection for your website without breaking a bank.