One of the things that can trip up a lot of people is a dedicated IP address. What is it? Do you need one? Will it benefit your website? What is a dedicated IP server?
What Is An IP Address?
Of the numerous hosting features and extras available from just about every hosting provider out there, the dedicated IP may just be the one that gives Web publishers the most pause. Is it necessary? Does it have any benefit? Do I really need one if I'm using a dedicated server?
The question of whether or not you should use a dedicated IP address or a shared IP address for WordPress hosting can be quite controversial. This is partially due to the amount of wrong and outdated information on the web in regards to dedicated IPs and how they work. IP stands for Internet Protocol and is an address that is assigned to each domain on the web for example: You can think of the DNS as a phone book for the world wide web. When you type Google. The mapping to the IP address is then done behind the scenes by the server, which allows you to use the domain name to access it. Currently, there are two types of IP addresses being used on the web, and even locally by ISPs and devices such as your home router.
A Dedicated server is a server that is completely dedicated to your data alone. This means no other DreamHost customers have any access or share any resources with your sites on that server. DreamHost offers several types of hosting plans. You can see details of each along with a comparison on the Hosting article. With all other types of hosting, your data is on a machine with other users. Dedicated servers are premium machines best for high performance websites that require dedicated resources to run them efficiently. For further information, please view the Dedicated Hosting page on the main website. Each Dedicated server comes with its own IP address included.