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I purchased an inexpensive SSL Cert from GoDaddy. Right now everything on production is hosted off of When specifying the common name would a wildcard (i.e. * cover the case of a lack of a third-level domain such as Just to be sure, I made it for rather than a wildcard. If it matters, I will be using with nginx and a mod_passenger.

If I want to cover everything including and, etc., would a wildcard be the proper cert? Does the inexpensive GoDaddy cert ($12.99 / year) cover wildcard certs (it didn't seem to for me)?

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You won't be getting a wildcard SSL certificate from anyone for $12.99. They are typically much more expensive; I see on GoDaddy's site that their base price for wildcard SSL is $199/year, for instance.

A "normal" SSL certificate like you purchased should already serve both and

You can probably get away with self-signed certificates for your development/staging servers.

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thx, cool - that's what I figured regarding price. would a self-signed certificate (* be able to handle Or do you just send everything to – timpone Oct 6 '12 at 1:37
A "normal" SSL certificate like you purchased should already serve both and – Michael Hampton Oct 6 '12 at 1:38
thx for info MH – timpone Oct 6 '12 at 1:41
@timpone: Technically the answer is no. * does not match but I think most registrars will automatically add to your cert as an alternative name (SAN, also known as a UCC certificate) so modern browsers will see the cert as valid. – DerfK Oct 6 '12 at 2:49
Could someone with edit permission incorporate @DerfK's remark in the answer? I almost overlooked it. – Chris Wesseling Oct 9 '12 at 9:01

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