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What is Dedicated IP Hosting?
Protect your site from possible penalties, and offer your users a higher level of security by choosing dedicated IP (Internet Protocol) hosting.
Why Choose Dedicated IP Hosting?
The answer to your first question is yes, there is a difference between dedicated server hosting and dedicated IP hosting. Both have benefits, and before you incur any extra expense, it's important to understand what dedicated IP hosting is, and whether you really need it.
In a nutshell, dedicated server hosting means you get a server all to yourself, and don't have to share bandwidth or any other resources with any other sites.
With dedicated IP hosting, you're still using shared hosting. While all the other sites sharing the server will also share that server's IP address, you get a dedicated IP address on that shared server. You must still share resources with the those other sites, but your site has the appearance of being on its own server.
Why would you want to do this? Well, for one thing, a theory exists that if one site on a shared server violates any Internet rules and is therefore banned from one or more search engines, then all the other sites on that same IP address also run the risk of being banned, regardless of their not having done anything wrong.
Having a dedicated IP address can protect you from having your site banned if one of your server neighbors gets caught trying to put one over on the search engines. You can also protect your site from any potential penalties of this nature by simply choosing dedicated server hosting and not having to worry about what any other sites may or may not be doing.
Another benefit to choosing dedicated IP hosting is that most hosts will only allow you to set this type of hosting up once you've already set up a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. This provides encryption to your site, which is another level of security, and will be displayed in your site's URL with https:// rather than just http://, which lets users know they're on a secured site. So indirectly, selecting dedicated IP hosting can help your users feel more secure when using your site, which can be a boost for your brand and your business.