Domain names, SSL certificates and hosting.

Managing your digital assets can be daunting and time-consuming if it’s not something you’re used to.

Amongst our core competencies are domain name registrations and renewals (UK and International), the provision and installation of highly secure, SLA-backed SSL certificates, DNS zone file management, domain and website hosting on low-cost, fully maintained web servers as well as dedicated and high-availability, clustered web servers, both physical and virtual.

Why not let Contedia manage your digital assets and services, giving you the control and visibility you need without the headache.

Domain names

As a Nominet Channel Partner and tag holder (our Nominet tag is “CONTEDIA”), we are ideally placed to manage your company’s domain names and hosting services.

Our UK and international domain name services include:

  • Access to any domain name extension, from .co.uk and .com to country-specific and generic top-level domains (such as .construction etc.)
  • Registration and automatic renewal services for peace of mind
  • Expert advice and guidance whenever you need it
  • Free management of and unlimited changes to your DNS zone files
  • Fully redundant name servers to ensure your DNS remains live, no matter what

As a matter of course, our clients who register UK-based domain names are bound not only by Contedia’s Terms and Conditions of Business, but also Nominet’s ‘Terms and Conditions of Domain Name Registration for UK-based Domain Names’.  They apply to all businesses and individuals wishing to register a UK-base domain name.

SSL certificates

In today’s Internet dependant business landscape, protecting the transmission of data between your servers, systems and websites with an SSL certificate has become increasingly important.

If your website doesn’t have the lock symbol in the address bar, signifying a trusted SSL certificate is in place, Google will tag your site as ‘Not Secure’.

Together with our domain management services, Contedia can provide, install and manage the use of SSL certificates across your organisation’s systems, and we offer certificates to match every use case.  For example:

  • Protect one website (e.g. www.contedia.com) with a ‘Standard’ SSL certificate
  • Protect up to five websites with a ‘UUC/SAN’ SSL certificate
  • Protect unlimited subdomains (e.g. *.contedia.com) with a ‘Wildcard’ SSL certificate

Understanding the SSL certificate types and their features

Whilst all certificates also ensure the secure padlock symbol is displayed in the user’s web browser address bar, and compatibility with all major browsers and mobile devices is guaranteed, here are some of the additional features of these SSL certificate types:

Our Standard SSL certificate is the lowest cost entry in providing secure transmission of data and has the following features:

  • Secures one website (e.g. www.contedia.com)
  • Uses strong SHA2 & 2048-bit encryption
  • Is available in three types, as a DV, OV or EV SSL certificate (see below)
  • An EV (Extended Validation) certificate turns the browser bar green, providing a ‘green light’ to users that the website is safe to use
  • Boosts your website’s Google ranking

Our Unified Communications Certificate (UCC) is an SSL that secures multiple domain names as well as multiple host names within a domain name.

A UCC SSL lets you secure your primary domain name and up to 99 additional Subject Alternative Names (SANs) with a single SSL. For example, you can use a UCC to protect www.contedia.com, www.contedia.net and www.contedia.co.uk.

A UCC/SAN SSL certificate has the following features:

  • Secures up to five websites
  • Uses strong SHA2 & 2048-bit encryption
  • Is available in three types, as a DV, OV or EV SSL certificate (see below)
  • An EV (Extended Validation) certificate turns the browser bar green, providing a ‘green light’ to users that the website is safe to use
  • Boosts your website’s Google ranking

Our Wildcard SSL certificate protects your primary domain and an unlimited number of its subdomains. For example, a single Wildcard certificate can secure both www.contedia.com,  support.contedia.com and any number of subdomain variants.

A Wildcard SSL certificate has the following features:

  • Secures one website and unlimited subdomains
  • Uses strong SHA2 & 2048-bit encryption
  • Is available in two types, as a DV, OV SSL certificate (see below)
  • Boosts your website’s Google ranking

Comparing and choosing between SSL certificate validation types

DV SSL certificates provide the following assurances:

  • Proves the user has domain ownership
  • Uses strong SHA2 & 2048-bit encryption
  • Boosts your website’s Google ranking

OV SSL certificates provide the following assurances:

  • Proves the user has domain ownership
  • Validates the organisation
  • Uses strong SHA2 & 2048-bit encryption
  • Boosts your website’s Google ranking

EV SSL certificates are significantly more demanding to obtain, but provide the following increased assurances:

  • Proves the user has domain ownership
  • Validates the organisation
  • Indicates the business is legitimate
  • Displays the business name in green in the web browser’s address bar
  • Uses strong SHA2 & 2048-bit encryption
  • Boosts your website’s Google ranking

Domain and website hosting

To support many of our customers across the business, we offer a range of website and web application hosting services, whether on in-house infrastructure we specify install and manage on the customers’ behalf or located in one of a number of trusted data centres around the UK.

We only work with very dependable and supportive data centres, primarily within the iomart group of companies.

Working closely with our customers, Contedia matches a hosting solution to the needs and budget of the  customers’ projects, whether a simple marketing website, through to a business-critical e-commerce website or internal web application.

Our hosting options include:

  • Fully managed and maintained, single website hosting on shared infrastructure
  • Fully managed and maintained dedicated physical or virtual web servers
  • Bespoke, fully managed and maintained configurations supporting failover and network storage options, where required

Since most of our customers’ needs are somewhat different, only our shared hosting platform is standardised. We work closely with our customers to understand the needs of any dedicated server or bespoke configuration, matching performance and maintenance options to the project and budget.

If you have a requirement to host either a business website or a more complex web system, why not call Contedia on 01977 602869 to find out how we can help?

For more information about our Digital Asset Management service call 01977 602869 or email talk@contedia.com.