Shared or Dedicated IP Address

I recently decided to move my main web site to another hosting service which gives me the option of having a dedicated IP address or just using the same IP address as all the other sites on the server.

What type of IP address will be the safest and most effective for my web site?

Definition of an IP address

Every domain (ie on the Web can be translated into numbers that is called an IP address. This is what it usually looks like:

What is a Dedicated IP Address?

A dedicated IP address may also be referred to a unique or static IP address. It is not shared by other domain names and is unique to your domain name and your space on the server. If you type that IP address into your browser you will be taken directly to that specific domain.

What is a Shared IP Address?

Most hosting services use “virtual hosting” where a number of Web sites reside on the same server. Because these sites share a server, they also share the same IP address.


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