Dedicated IPs, IP Address
This article discusses what an IP address is, what's the difference between a shared IP and a dedicated IP, and what are the benefits of having a dedicated IP.
Please click the links below for more details.
- What is an IP address? ⤵
- Shared IP vs. dedicated IP address ⤵
- Can I have a dedicated IP for my hosting plan? ⤵
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ⤵
What is an IP address?
An Internet Protocol address, most commonly known as the IP address, is a unique string of numbers that looks something like 22.214.171.124 and identifies a computer that’s connected to the internet. Similar to your home address, it identifies the location of a specific server that’s connected to the internet. Without an IP address in place, your computer can’t communicate with other computers that are linked over a network, like the internet.
IP addresses are part of the Domain Name System (DNS), which is basically one giant address book. Domain names are mapped out to various IP addresses. When you type in a domain into your web browser, your ISP will look up the domain name, see the associated IP address, then pull up the site responding to that IP address. All of these tasks happen just behind the scenes and only take less than a couple of seconds.
Shared IP vs. dedicated IP address
By default, all Shared and Reseller hosting accounts have only one shared IP address and no dedicated IP address. You can find your site's current shared IP in the General Information section located on the right-hand side of your cPanel.
Shared IP addresses are more common than dedicated IPs. With a shared IP, you have multiple sites sharing the same IP address. The user’s web browser will communicate with the DNS and server to display the correct website. With a shared IP address, hundreds of sites could be using the same IP address.
A dedicated IP address is where you have a single IP address that is yours and your site alone. That means you would not be sharing an IP address with any other sites, even though you're sharing the same server.
Unless it is necessary for you to have the unique benefits of a dedicated IP, you’ll probably be fine using a shared IP address.
Can I have a dedicated IP for my hosting plan?
Optimized WordPress hosting
Optimized WordPress hosting packages are not eligible for a dedicated IP address at this time.
Dedicated IPs for Shared and Cloud hosting
Shared hosting accounts have only one cPanel, so they are allowed only one dedicated IP. If you choose the dedicated IP, all of your addon and subdomains will use the dedicated IP. Emails will still use the shared IP.
Our Shared Business Plan comes with one free dedicated IP address.
Dedicated IPs for Windows Shared hosting
Windows Shared hosting accounts have a limit of one (1) dedicated IP address per account. If you choose to use a dedicated IP, all of your additional domains and subdomains will use the same IP. Emails will still use the shared IP.
The Windows Shared Enterprise Hosting comes with one free dedicated IP address.
Dedicated IPs for Reseller hosting
If you choose the dedicated IP, all of your addon and subdomains within the same cPanel will use the dedicated IP. Emails will still use the shared IP.
Dedicated IPs for VPS hosting
Every VPS plan comes with 2 IP addresses, one of which is a shared IP by default. You may assign these IP addresses however you like. If you wish to purchase additional IP addresses, please contact us via phone or Live Chat.
Dedicated IPs for Dedicated hosting
All of our Dedicated hosting servers are initially provisioned with 2 Dedicated IP addresses, but depending on the type of server plan, Dedicated server owners can request to have up to the maximum amount of Dedicated IP addresses on the server as stated in the chart below.
|Server Type||IP Addresses|
|Value||3 Dedicated IPs|
|Power||3 Dedicated IPs|
|Enterprise||3 Dedicated IPs|
HostGator's justification practices for IP distribution are subject to change to remain in conformity with the policies of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). We reserve the right to deny any dedicated IP request based on insufficient justification or current IP utilization.
A dedicated IP change requires 4 hours to resolve. Your site may appear to be down during that time. You will NOT need to change your name servers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I really need dedicated IP hosting?
Please note that dedicated IP addresses aren’t the same thing as getting a dedicated hosting account. You can have shared IP addresses on a dedicated server, just like you can have dedicated IP addresses on a shared server.
If this is your first website, there's a low chance you'll need to upgrade to a dedicated IP.
If you're looking for much-improved site benefits, then consider upgrading all the way to Dedicated hosting with an included dedicated IP address.
Can a reseller buy one dedicated IP address and make it a shared IP to assign to other cPanels?
Yes, it is possible to purchase a dedicated IP and make it a shared IP to assign to other cPanels. Resellers who wish to do so will need to contact us via phone or Live Chat.
Dedicated server owners can do this through WHM. Please see the following article for more details: