(also dedicated IP address)
Dedicated IP definition
An IP address assigned specifically to your hosting account and websites. It is made available by an internet service provider (ISP) or a network administrator (NA). IP addresses are a limited resource, so the majority of websites and nodes on the internet exchange them. This helps to lower the total number of IP addresses in use. A website that runs on Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) verification is the only type of website that should ever have a dedicated IP address.
Benefits of a dedicated IP address:
- Avoids IP blocklisting. Having an IP address assigned only to you and being the only person engaging in activities via it lessens the possibility of its reputation being worsened and blocklisted by various service providers.
- Secure remote access. A dedicated IP address enables employees to safely connect to company resources.
- Quick file transfer. Your FTP server can distribute files within an organization using a dedicated IP address.
Limitations of a dedicated IP address:
- Expensive. Dedicated IP addresses cost more because only you pay for them. Maintaining them takes extra effort.
- Can ruin your reputation. Dedicated IP mistakes are costly. They quickly blocklist or spam your emails. Your sender reputation will suffer.
See also: subnetwork, domain name system