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.
The format of an IP address is four numbers separated by periods. Each number can be from 0 to 255.
IP addresses can be static or dynamic. A static IP never changes. A dynamic IP is temporary.
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.
2. E-Commerce websites require Dedicated IP's and SSL Certificates. You cannot process payments without having both.
3. With the advent of SNI 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.
How Much Does It Cost?
A Dedicated IP Address costs $15/mo.