The Web Server is the mechanism for serving websites. There are two types of websites: normal and secure. Secure websites utilize SSL encryption to provide security for sensitive applications such as e-commerce. Normal websites are simply sites that do not utilize SSL.
Secure websites require two things: a certificate and a key. It can be thought of in the following context:
The first time a user connects to a secure site, their browser will store the certificate. Every subsequent time the user connects to the site it verifies that the certificate is the same to ensure a secure connection. This provides the encryption portion of the process.
For more information on certificates please refer to the full User Guide.