Many of our customers ask us, Do I need a dedicated IP address?
When you purchase Shared Hosting this directly relates to your IP address being shared as well. Having a shared IP address means everyone ‘sharing’ the server with you also has the same IP address.
A dedicated IP address allows you to have your own unique IP address which is not shared with anyone else on the server.
Advantages of a dedicated IP:
- many people believe that search engines such as Google will rank you higher if you have a dedicated IP address as apposed to a shared IP.
- Privacy and security is slightly enhanced due to you have your own IP address
- If you need to accept credit cards or secure information on your website you will need an SSL certificate to ensure all data is encrypted however this also requires a dedicated IP. You cannot install a SSL certificate without it.
- When you have a dedicated IP, you can view your website using your domain name or the IP address.
- You will not be effected by someone else causing an issue on the shared IP (spammers, abusers)
At HostUpon we try to encourage users to add a dedicated IP to their plan as the cost is very affordable and the advantages are well worth it. Our Business Hosting plan offers a free dedicated IP.
Reseller hosting plans also come with a dedicated IP along with Private Hosting.