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  • Namecheap SSL Certificates and OpenSSL are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Namecheap SSL Certificates

100%
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10.0

OpenSSL

100%
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Likelihood to Recommend

Namecheap

There aren't a lot of downsides with Namecheap SSL [Certificates]. We use them primarily unless a client or contractual needs states otherwise. They are fast, responsive and essentially cheap. This is just because they are a wholesale reseller from trusted certificate authorities like a lot of their counterparts. However their reputation for cost and ease have put them in the top running. As I mentioned, there is basically no support beyond the delivering of the purchased product as requested. In some circumstance, when clients move/switch hosting/marketing representation, transfer of the SSL ownership can be a hassle because you don't have a dedicated support portal. But you get what you pay for and the savings justify it.
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Open Source

I would recommend OpenSSL for just about any kind of cryptographic operations that you may need. I can't think of a particular situation where it would not be appropriate to use OpenSSL for a cryptographic function of some sort or another. If you are going to provide some sort of encryption service in a product, OpenSSL is probably the best way to get it off the ground and going. With other competitors, you may get it working, but I fear long term support and interoperability will be an issue.
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Pros

Namecheap

  • Reliable and verifiable chain of trust
  • Reseller of reputable certificate authorities like RapidSSL, geoTrust
  • They are one of the cheapest and most reliable issuers with industry leading verification practices
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Open Source

  • integrates into just about everything
  • codebase is well managed and follows predictable paths
  • although there are alternatives, OpenSSL is vastly better supported
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Cons

Namecheap

  • Basically no customer support post-sale
  • No technical support for implementation if you need it (most SysAdmins will not)
  • Excessive marketing/reminder/renewal emails
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Open Source

  • the entire project could be completely refactored while preserving the library apis
  • the documentation on command line usage is not usually the best
  • code examples are not very well explained
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Pricing Details

Namecheap SSL Certificates

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Namecheap SSL Certificates editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

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    OpenSSL

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    OpenSSL editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Alternatives Considered

      Namecheap

      They are basically just first party certificate authorities and have the brand recognition that goes with that. NameCheap [SSL Certificates] really is just doing the job of volume negotiations and reselling while integrating a markup and opportunity to sell their various other products (which also have some compelling ROI based on cost and client needs)
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      Open Source

      LibreSSL is another option to OpenSSL, however, the sheer volume of other applications using OpenSSL and the wide support for it makes OpenSSL a compelling product.
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      Return on Investment

      Namecheap

      • Low cost means we don't have to pass on to clients and nickel and dime them
      • Low cost also means we can build dedicated environments for a variety of needs without hitting budget constraints
      • Fast communication and deployment means we are agile
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      Open Source

      • roi is hard to measure for openssl. It's not that it doesn't provide a significant roi, but it is in the background of an application, not the foreground.
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