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SleepingWolf
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IP logged posted posted 03-20-2008 00:05 Edit Quote

Most web hosts offer this for a couple bucks per month extra.
Is that worth it, or just another ripoff scheme...i mean is it really dedicated or just shared in a different way?

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hyperbole
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IP logged posted posted 03-20-2008 18:57 Edit Quote

If they say it's dedicated, that means that you should have exclusive use of that IP and it is not shared in a different way. The only reason you would need a dedicated (or fixed) IP from your ISP is if you want to run a server that offers services to the outside world. If you have a server at home, for example, and you want people to see a web site from that server or to allow people to login using ssh or ftp, you would need a fixed IP so they will know where to go to find your server. Normally, each time you reconnect to the ISP, you will be assigned a different IP. This means that anyone who may have come to your server for information will not know how to get to it because it's sitting at a different IP than the last time they came there.

I'm a little confused by your question, because you say it's your web host that's offering the fixed IP. Fixed IPs are offered by ISP. I can't think of any reason you would need to pay extra for a fixed IP from a web host. It has to be at a known location for people to get to your web pages. If they are moving the IP of your domain name, no one will be able to see your page, so the IP at your web host needs to be fixed. But, that is the default state any time you register a domain name with a host. It should not cost extra for a fixed IP for your domain.

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liorean
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From: Umeå, Sweden
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IP logged posted posted 03-20-2008 19:45 Edit Quote

Hyperbole: Most private broadband connections use a static IP nowaday, though the IP reassignment problems persist on most dialup or mobile internet conenctions. That's a different issue than that about web hosting on a shared versus a dedicated IP, though.

SleepingWolf: Dedicated IP for hosting means that your server is the only one on that IP number. Shared obviously means that there is more than one domain hosted on the same IP. There's a number of things this affects: if you enter the IP of a dedicated hosting domain in the browser, it will work just as well as if you had entered the domain name. In a shared hosting solution, the IP is not enough to tell which server you're trying to reach of those that share that IP. If you want to be able to accept credit card payments, if you want get an SSL Certificate, or if you want to provide anonymous FTP access, a dedicated IP is needed. There is also the benefit that since you're on a dedicated IP, you can't be affected by the collateral damage from some other domain on the IP doing something that gets your IP banned.

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SleepingWolf
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IP logged posted posted 03-20-2008 23:49 Edit Quote
quote:

liorean said:

Hyperbole: Most private broadband connections use a static IP nowaday, though the IP reassignment problems persist on most dialup or mobile internet conenctions. That's a different issue than that about web hosting on a shared versus a dedicated IP, though.



True, as long as you don't disconnect your cable modem - causing it to release and renew your IP.

I was looking at it more from a performance issue - are there any gains?

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