Who needs a dedicated IP address ??
As a rule, hosting a website on a shared IP address won't result in any problems. However, there are a few cases when a static IP is necessary...
- Private SSL certificate – You'll need a dedicated IP in order to install your own private SSL certificate. Secure e-commerce websites need SSL certificates for performing online transactions and/or for accepting credit cards online. Web hosts usually offer a shared SSL certificate, which means that clients can share the web host's SSL. You don't need a static IP if you're making use of your web hosting provider's shared SSL.
- Anonymous FTP. This basically means that anyone using the FTP software can access files in a special directory of your site. The user name used to access it, is "anonymous" and therefore, it's called anonymous FTP. Note that many web host companies require a static IP for the anonymous FTP function to work properly.
- You want to access your website by FTP or web browser even when the domain name is inaccessible i.e. during periods of domain name propagation.
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