Dedicated IP and Its Uses
While purchasing web hosting account you might have heard the term Dedicated IP. For those who don’t know, the Dedicated IP is an Internet Protocol address assigned to a web hosting account or server. Generally, many shared hosting account resides on a single server which shares the same IP address as they do not need to have the separate IP address. However, for certain needs you will need to get the separate IP address. You will need to get a separate Dedicated IP address if:
- You need to install SSL certificates. SSL certificates can not be installed on shared IP address.
- If you want to avoid sharing the IP address with other people’s web sites.
- In case of high traffic load it is better to have a dedicated IP so that the traffic on the shared IP does not affect your site speed.
Dedicated IP address also offers SEO advantages in terms of Page Load speed which is a factor in Google’s algorithm for determining the SERP positions. However, it should be understood that Page Load speed is affected by many other factors like server location, server speed, traffic, etc.
Hostgator.com offers Dedicated IP address for all of its hosting plans. However, for some hosting plans there would be free Dedicated IP(s) while for some hosting plans the Dedicated IP address will be charged extra.