What Is An IP Address?
IP stands for "Internet Protocol" so an IP Address is a unique address that computers use for finding one another.¬† Every device that connects to the internet, like a personal computer, tablet or smartphone has its own unique IP Address. ¬†All websites have an IP address which is linked to their Domain Name.
The format of an IP address is four numbers separated by periods.¬† Each number can be from 0 to 255. ¬†For example, BEST WEBSITES has an IP address of 188.8.131.52. ¬†
IP addresses can be static or dynamic.¬† A static IP never changes.¬† A dynamic IP is temporary. ¬†Usually a Domain Name will have a static IP address but a computer, cell phone or tablet will have a dynamic IP address.
What Is The Difference Between A Shared IP Address And A Dedicated IP Address?
Every domain name or URL (Universal Resource Locator) must have an IP Address associated with it.
A Shared IP Address can have many, many websites using the same IP Address.¬†
A Dedicated IP Address is devoted to just one website.
What Are The Advantages Of Having A Dedicated IP Address?
1. A Dedicated IP Address, combined with an SSL Certificate offer the business credibility.¬† Customers will feel safer making transactions on a site that offers this extra security.
3. With the advent of SNI (Server Name Indication) Technology, some users on old browsers may show visitors a message indicating that a website using a shared IP Address may be using an untrusted connection.¬† A Dedicated IP Address avoids any chance of this happening.
4. ¬†Shared IP addresses can be used by hundreds of other websites. ¬†If any one of those "others" sends spam, their/your IP will be blacklisted, which could result in problems with email delivery and affect your "web" reputation. ¬†This is never a worry with a dedicated IP address.
How Much Does A Dedicated IP Cost?
Most Hosts will charge from $10 - $15/mo for a Dedicated IP Address.¬† At BEST WEBSITES, we include it.¬† All of our clients have their own Dedicated IP address.