A dedicated IP (Internet Protocol) is a unique Internet address dedicated exclusively to a single hosting account. Normally, several hosting accounts reside on a single server and share that server’s IP address. Dedicated IP addresses are usually used for large SSL-encrypted secure websites and particularly large and/or traffic-heavy sites. Most shared hosting users have no particular need for a dedicated IP address.

However, a dedicated IP address for your hosting account enables you to:

  • View your website via its IP address.
  • Access your accounts by FTP or the Web when the domain name is otherwise inaccessible, such as during domain name propagation periods.
  • Ensure faster response during periods of high traffic load.
  • Set up SSL protection on your website.

Do I need a Dedicated IP Address?

In years past, to use an SSL, you were required to have a Dedicated IP address in order for an SSL to be functional. Dedicated IP addresses are IP addresses that are not used by anyone else but you, but they can add a bit of cost ($5 a month paid annually).

Since 2012, new technology (SNI – Server Name Identification), which is supported by Shoppe Pro servers, has made it possible to use SSL on a shared IP address. Most newer browsers support SNI (See chart below). However, some older browsers may not support SNI, which could possibly throw SSL errors when SSL is used on a Shared IP address, (but only for your site visitors who have not updated their browser software on their computers in several years). If you would prefer a dedicated IP address to avoid the potential SSL errors, you can purchase Dedicated IP Address here. Please note that a dedicated IP address needs to be manually configured with your site by one of our technicians and it can also cause a small amount of “down time” while the DNS change from one IP to another is propagating.

Browsers that DO SUPPORT SNI (Dedicated IP not required to support SSL)

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