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When you sign up for a shared account (Business Class Hosting), the account will use the same "Main" IP address as the other sites on server. Dedicated and VPS servers have a single "Main" IP address set up on the server as well.

Is My IP address shared or dedicated?

The "Main" server IP address is referred to as a "Shared IP address". This is because all cPanel accounts on the server by default will use that "Main" IP address for their domain. To find if you have a dedicated IP or not, log into your cpanel and look at the stats to the left. cPanel accounts can have a dedicated IP address assigned separate from the main IP (See images below).

cPanel IP assignments
Shared IP address Dedicated IP address
Cpanel with a shared IP address Cpanel with a dedicated IP address

VPS and Dedicated servers do not have Dedicated IP addresses assigned by default due to IP scarcity. Even though Dedicated and VPS server plans have free IP addresses included, only the main "Shared IP" is assigned to the server. In order for an IP address to be changed or added to any server with InMotion hosting (ie., Shared, VPS, or Dedicated plans), the IP will need to be requested.

Depending on the plan you have, you may need to either purchase the IP or have it assigned for free. The next 2 sections will explain how to purchase a dedicated IP or have one assigned.

Purchasing a dedicated IP address

If you require a dedicated IP address and your plan does not have any free IP addresses included, you can purchase one for $24 per year. Dedicated IP addresses can be ordered from within your Account Management Panel (AMP). The following steps will explain how to purchase a dedicated IP address.

  1. Log into your AMP (Account Management Panel).
  2. Add IP address AMP requestUnder your account name, click the Request Dedicated IP button.

  3. Add IP address AMP proceed with assignmentRead the disclaimer for the IP address assignment. Click Proceed.
  4. Confirm your payment details on the next screen.

    Click Submit.

When you order a dedicated IP address, an email will be sent to you confirming your Dedicated IP was set up with the IP included in the email. Due to DNS Propagation, the new IP address can take up to 24 hours before it is fully activated.

Adding an IP address through AMP

If your hosting plan includes an IP address, you can request it from AMP.

  1. Log into AMP.
  2. Add IP address AMP requestUnder your account name, click the Request Dedicated IP button.

  3. Add IP address AMP proceed with assignmentRead the disclaimer for the IP address assignment. Click Proceed.

    chyeck email Add IP address AMPYou will see a confirmation that the IP address was submitted.

  4. Request submitted Add IP address AMPCheck your email that you signed into AMP with. You will see an initial email explaining the request was submitted.

    New IP address Add IP address AMPShortly after you will get an email with your new IP address in the contents. Next you will need to assign the IP address to the domain.

Assigning an IP in WHM (VPS Reseller and Dedicated)

  1. Log into your WHM.
  2. Add IP address AMP change IPYou can type IP in the search to narrow the list of options on the left. Look for the IP Functions section and click Change a Site's IP address.
  3. Add IP address AMP domain selectionSelect the domain from the list or type the domain you want the IP for.

    Click Change.

  4. List of IP addresses Add IP address AMPFrom the New Address drop box, select the IP address from the list.

    Click change.

If you are looking for a dedicated server solution but are unsure how to go about getting one, read more about how to get a dedicated server here.

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