Dedicated Hosting IP means each web hosting account has a unique address, dedicated exclusively to a single hosting account and not shared with any other accounts on the same server, as it is the usual practice among most web hosting providers. Most shared hosting users have no particular need for a dedicated IP address.
If you have advanced hosting needs, Dedicated Hosting IP may be for you. They are normally used for large SSL-encrypted secure websites and for those that are particularly large or endure heavy traffic.
Additionally, having a dedicated IP address for your hosting account has other benefits, such as enabling you to view your website via its IP address, accessing your accounts by FTP or a Web browser when the domain name is otherwise inaccessible, such as during domain name propagation periods, ensure faster response during periods of high traffic load and setting up SSL protection on your website.
Another factor that must be taken into account nowadays is the issue of IPv4 address exhaustion. We already support IPv6 through Glue records, which let you use your domain name as a nameserver with IPv6, and our data centers have redundant IPv6 transit from multiple providers. However, until IPv6 is fully implemented, IP addresses are becoming an increasingly scarce resource.
Although there has been some speculation over whether dedicated IP addresses might improve search engine rankings, statistical analyzed data shows that websites using static hosting do not rank significantly higher or lower than websites using shared hosting, so if you’re planning to use dedicated hosting in order to improve your rankings, we’d recommend that waste your time and money. There isn’t any real advantage derived from this factor and often a Dedicated Hosting IP is a much more expensive option.
NOTE: Do not purchase a dedicated IP address if you are installing an SSL certificate. RackNine automatically issues a dedicated IP address when an SSL certificate is installed on our shared hosting servers, so you do not need to purchase a dedicated IP credit separately.
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