When you host a website on a server, it works by using the server's shared IP address - an exclusive number that's used to distinguish any kind of device connected to the Net. The website name which you use for the site is for quick access and convenience of the website visitors, but on a more basic level, their Internet browser connects to the IP of the server. Because there're a lot more websites than IPs, shared web hosting servers use a single IP for several websites even in case they belong to different users. Even though this doesn't affect the site performance directly, using a dedicated IP may slightly improve the loading speed of a website, granting it higher positions in search engine results. Such an IP is necessary for the installation of an SSL certificate as well, so if you plan to secure the payment or login details that your site visitors enter, you need an IP together with the SSL.
Dedicated IP Address in Shared Hosting
When you use some of our shared hosting plans, you'll be able to add a dedicated IP address to your account without difficulty and assign it to a domain or subdomain with no more than a couple of clicks. This is valid whichever data center you have selected for your account during the signup process, therefore it is possible to take advantage of this feature in our US, UK and AU facilities. This way, you can have a dedicated IP for an e-commerce website, for instance, whereas a forum attached to it can use the server's shared IP as you can modify each domain or subdomain separately through the Hosted Domains section of your Hepsia Control Panel. If you need a dedicated IP for an SSL certificate and you get the SSL through us, you'll be able to use the auto-configuration instrument, which will assign an IP and install the SSL automatically for the site where you would like to use them.