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A Certified Domain lets people know that we have formally certified its registration. Read on for answers to your questions about getting started with domain certification.
A Certified Domain provides visible evidence (in the form of the Domain Origination Certified seal) that a domain has been validated and its registrant's credentials have been verified. For this reason a Certified Domain is useful to owners of business websites and other sites that offer transactions and other activities of a sensitive nature. All site owners, however, can improve their site's legitimacy and trustworthiness by displaying the Domain Origination Certified seal.
What's the difference between Certified Domain and an SSL Certificate?
An SSL certificate enables a secure, encrypted connection between a visitor's Web browser and a website's server and keeps transactions safe from tampering and interception. A Certified Domain shows website visitors that the registration and control of the website's domain name were validated. A Certified Domain does not establish a secure connection and it does not provide credit card transaction processing. Both SSL certificates and Certified Domains include verification of the requester's contact information and domain registration control.
How do my customers know that my domain is certified?
When domains pass our validation process, we add a Domain Origination Certified seal to the domain's Whois listing. You can also add the seal to the website for the certified domain, showing website visitors that the domain passed Iwebslog's validation process.
What duration is a Certified Domain?
Currently, we offer Certified Domain validation for domains registered with Iwebslog for one-, two-, three-, four-, five-, or ten-year durations.
NOTE: Once the certificate has been issued to your domain, certification will lapse when the associated domain expires or if the certification is not renewed on its expiration date, whichever occurs first.
Can I apply Certified Domain to ANY domain?
Anyone who has a domain registered with us can apply for a Certified Domain and the domain being certified must be registered through us. To successfully process the application and issue the seal, however, we must be able to verify that you do indeed control the domain in question. We also must be able to verify your contact information through our telephone verification process.
NOTE: The automated message that is part of the telephone verification step is provided in English only. The requester, therefore, must be able to understand the message in order to perform the necessary actions.
What happens if I update the Whois information for a Certified Domain?
If you update the Whois information for a Certified Domain, Iwebslog detects the change and re-initiates the domain authorization and validation process to ensure that the Certified Domain holder still controls the domain.
Once Iwebslog detects a change, it sends out verification emails to each unique updated email address listed for the Registrant, Administrative, and Technical contacts. As with the initial authentication process, each unique updated email must be verified. For example, if your domain contacts all use the same email address and the email address is changed on the Whois, one email will be generated to the new email address. If, on the other hand, you update the Administrative and Technical contacts to each use their own email address and each is different from that used by the Registrant, each of these new email addresses will receive a verification email.
What happens if my domain registration expires before the Certified Domain?
If the registration for a certified domain expires before the Domain Origination Certified seal is set to expire, the Domain Origination Certified seal is terminated with the expiration of the domain registration. Remember, the seal indicates the verification of the registration of your domain. If the domain expires, it is no longer verified or certified.
What are the Certified Domain system requirements?
To request a Domain Origination Certified seal for your domain name, your browser must comply with the following minimum requirements:
- Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
- Netscape Navigator 8.0 or later
- Mozilla Firefox 1.7.4 or later
- Safari 1.3 or later
What happens to my certified domain validation if I move my website to another domain?
We validate specific domain names and add the Domain Origination Certified seal to the Whois listing for the domain that passed the certification process. Regardless of the website associated with the domain name, the Certified Domain authorization and validation continue to apply to that domain name. You cannot move the seal to another domain. If you need a seal for a different domain name, you can apply for another seal for the new domain name.
Where on my Web page will the Domain Origination Certified Seal display?
You can add the Domain Origination Certified seal anywhere on your website. Simply copy and paste the code we provide into the appropriate section of your website's source code. But remember, it goes inside the body tags (for example: between <body> and </body>).
How will visitors know that my domain is certified?
Once your domain passes the certification validation process and the Domain Origination Certified Seal has been generated, the seal is automatically added to the Whois listing for your domain. In addition, you'll get HTML code that you can copy and paste into your website's source code, so that the Domain Origination Certified seal appears on your site.
Applying for a Certified Domain
A Certified Domain shows website visitors that the site's domain has passed our validation process and that the domain owner's credentials have been authenticated by a trusted authority. To add a Certified Domain seal to your website, you must apply for domain certification.
To Apply for a Certified Domain
- Log in to your Account Manager.
- Next to Domains, click Launch.
- Use the checkbox(es) to select the domain name(s) you want to modify.
- Click Upgrade.
- Click the Hosting & More button near the top of the window to display possible domain enhancement upgrades.
- On the Certified tab, select the number of certification years from the drop down list, click Add and then click Checkout.
- Continue through the checkout process.
Your domain is automatically submitted for certification.
Posting the Domain Origination Certified Seal
Let customers know your business is reliable and you are legitimate. The Domain Origination Certified Seal ensures we've verified your identity. Once your domain name passes the Certified Domain validation process, you can post the seal on your website.
To Post the Domain Origination Certified Seal
- Log in to your Account Manager.
- Next to Domains, click Launch.
- Click the domain name that passed the Certified Domain validation process.
- Click Get Site Seal.
- Select the seal you'd like to post on your website.
- Click Highlight Code, and then right-click to copy the code. NOTE: If you are an Internet Explorer® user, click Copy Code.
- Click OK.
- Go to your website's source code and paste the HTML code in the location where you want the seal to display.
NOTE: You must paste the HTML code within the body tags (<body> and </body>) of your Web page.
Verifying the Email Address for Domain Certifications
As part of the Certified Domain process, we verify the domain's email address, as listed in the Registrant, Administrative, and Technical contact information in the Whois database. We send the verification to the email addresses listed for the domain's contacts, and each unique email address must be verified.
Click the hyperlink listed in the email message to automatically attempt the verification.
If you cannot use the hyperlink provided, manually enter the verification code:
To Manually Enter the Verification Code
- In your email message, select and copy the verification URL.
- Paste the URL in your Web browser's address bar.
- In the Verification code field, enter the code provided in the email message.
- Click Continue.
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