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)
- Internet Explorer 7 or later, on Windows Vista or higher. Not in any Internet Explorer version on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 because SNI depends upon the SChannel system component shipped with Windows Vista.
- Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or later
- Opera 8.0 (2005) or later (the TLS 1.1 protocol must be enabled)
- Opera Mobile at least version 10.1 beta on Android
- Google Chrome (Vista or higher. XP on Chrome 6 or newer. OS X 10.5.7 or higher on Chrome 5.0.342.1 or newer)
- Safari 3.0 or later (Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher and Windows Vista or higher)
- Konqueror/KDE 4.7 or later
- MobileSafari in Apple iOS 4.0 or later
- Android default browser on Honeycomb (v3.x) or newer
- BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Tablet OS default browser
- Windows Phone 7 or later
- MicroB on Maemo
- Odyssey on MorphOS