Shared vs. Dedicated IP addresses

Shared vs. Dedicated IP addresses

This is also called virtual hosting (shared IP) and dedicated IP hosting.

Shared IP address: One IP address is assigned to several domains. There are a few limitations to this that revolve around the fact that you can only access the domain by its domain name, not the IP address.

Dedicated IP address: One IP address is assigned to one domain. To access a domain you can use either the IP address or domain name.

NOTE: Switching from a shared to dedicated IP address will delete your virtual FTP and SSL services. You can only switch from a shared to dedicated IP address if you have not exceeded your dedicated IP limit.

To change the type of IP, do the following:

  • From the control panel click the domain icon.
  • Select the domain from the domain list if you have more than one.
  • Click the “change to dedicated IP” link in the IP address field.
  • If prompted, confirm the change by clicking “yes, I agree with the above”.

NOTE: After you switch from a dedicated to shared IP address, it will take up to 72 hours for propagation before the domain becomes available at the new IP address.

Source: http://www.ixwebhosting.com/hosting-manual/domain-names

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