When signing up with a web hosting provider, you are offered many add-ons, and it may be hard to know which you need. One common add-on is a dedicated IP address.
Do you even need a dedicated IP address? Today, we’ll go over the benefits and help you decide whether to add this valuable feature to your hosting plan.
What is a Dedicated IP Address?
A dedicated IP address is a unique internet protocol (IP) address solely for your websites and hosting account. It has many different uses—such as allowing you to access your website when the DNS is not setup, providing increased speed when the traffic load is high, and bringing increased security.
Using a Shared IP Address
There is generally nothing wrong with using the shared IP address that comes with your hosting account. Some softwares require a dedicated IP address, meaning that you can’t use a shared IP address. It is wise to check with your website software and see if it has any IP requirements.
Why Choose a Dedicated IP Address Over a Shared IP Address?
A benefit of a dedicated IP address is having complete access to your website no matter where the DNS is pointed. Simply type the IP address in your browser’s address bar and you can view and edit your website. With a shared IP address, it is not possible to view or edit your website from a browser.
A shared IP address can affect the performance of your website. Since there are multiple websites using the same shared address, the load time of your website is affected as the server has to sort through which website loads. With a dedicated IP address, you have a direct connection to the server without interference.
Knowing whether you need a specific add-on can be a challenge. The dedicated IP address add-on certainly has its benefits, and whether you should get one depends on your needs and website requirements.
Existing customers, simply visit the AMP marketplace to get your dedicated IP address.