Of the numerous hosting features and extras available from just about every hosting provider out there, the dedicated IP may just be the one that gives Web publishers the most pause. Is it necessary? Does it have any benefit? Do I really need one if I'm using a dedicated server? Do I really need one at all?
What is a Dedicated IP Address?
What Is a Dedicated IP Address?
In my last post , I started with a conversation about the general business impact of IP addresses, their purpose within Internet business, and introduced dedicated IP vs shared IP addressing. The conversation will center around the three core facets of Internet business required to stay relevant: stability, resource utilization, and reputation. IP is short for Internet Protocol and is the address for any domain on the Internet. It is represented as a bit number formatted into four 8-bit fields that are separated by periods. IPs can host many domains, so we can conclude that IPs are the closest point at which we can separate traffic.
What Is An IP Address?
Every domain name has an IP address assigned to it. An IP address is the real address of a web site or server. Domain names were developed because it is difficult to remember long IP numbers like In shared hosting we host several hundred web sites on one server; those same sites will share one single IP address. Instead of having a unique IP address for every domain, you share one IP address with all of the accounts on your server. The downside to shared IP's is that some countries, like China, censor particular web sites by their IP address. If a web site they censor is on the same server as yours, and China blocks that web site using the shared IP address, then your web site and the hundreds of others on that server are also blocked. This means that any clients in China would be unable to view your site. Getting a dedicated IP address would make your web site separate so that if the shared IP address was blocked, your site wouldn't automatically be blocked along with it. Email will not be affected by obtaining a dedicated IP address.
The question of whether or not you should use a dedicated IP address or a shared IP address for WordPress hosting can be quite controversial. This is partially due to the amount of wrong and outdated information on the web in regards to dedicated IPs and how they work. IP stands for Internet Protocol and is an address that is assigned to each domain on the web for example: You can think of the DNS as a phone book for the world wide web. When you type Google. The mapping to the IP address is then done behind the scenes by the server, which allows you to use the domain name to access it. Currently, there are two types of IP addresses being used on the web, and even locally by ISPs and devices such as your home router. They are IPv4 and IPv6 :. Basically, we ran out of IPs!