What is a Static IP Address? was last modified: September 27th, 2015 by Colocation American Staff
A static IP address means having one IP address assigned exclusively to your server. Almost all electronic gadgets with internet connectivity have either a static or dynamic IP address assigned to it in order for the device to be able to go online.
An IP address allows a device to communicate over the internet with other devices or computers by telling where the data should go when accessing information. It is your home address for your computer which means it is indeed very crucial to having a stable connection to the Internet. Let’s explain further:
Internet Protocol, or IP, is a protocol used by private and public networks to facilitate communication between devices within the network.
All types of network, from the World Wide Web to small private network, depend on assigned IP addresses to dictate where information goes. An IP address is set of unique 8-bit numbers assigned to a device that connect to a network. In other words, your IP address is like your home address but for internet-capable devices. Instead of “mailing” a letter, you’re “mailing” information.
There are two types of IP addressing standards, IPv4 and IPv6. IPv4 is the most widely used and familiar type of IP address, but IPv6 is in line to replace it in the future.
IPv4 addresses have 4 bytes (32 bits) whereas IPv6 has 16 bytes (128 bits) in length. These bytes are typically called octets and for the sake of readability, these bytes, bits, and octets are written in what’s called dotted decimal. Dotted decimal separates each octet of the IP address with a decimal point.
For example, a typical IP address (IPv4) seen by a computer in binary notation is:
That translates into dotted decimal as:
As you can see, dotted decimal notation is much easier on the eyes and it’s what you’ll typically see when dealing with IP addresses through your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
There are two methods of assigning IP address to your devices and computers. Either a static or dynamic IP address is assigned to a device when it connects to the internet. This goes the same way when we host your dedicated server. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages so choosing the best option for your situation will benefit you.
Having a static IP means an IP address will be assigned to your dedicated server only once and that IP address will belong to your dedicated server forever. A static IP address will be given out to your dedicated server so that every time it logs in it will be using the same IP address for all of its sessions. The benefits of having a static IP address are that it is a more dependable and secure IP address. With a static IP address you will have a constant IP address that only you will have access to without having to share with anybody else. Another benefit for a static IP addressing is SEO Hosting.
A dynamic IP address is typically used for computers that will only be logging in temporary. A dynamic IP address means that the IP address assigned to the computer are generated every time a new session begins so there are no consistency in the IP addresses as opposed to its static counterpart. Its one advantage is that since it generates IP address it has fewer limitations than the static method. Every time a computer start a new session online it can generate a different IP address to assign to that computer.
Colocation America recommends having a static IP for your dedicated servers. The benefits provide you with the most secure and stable connection to the internet. IP Connectivity is what most of our clients look for when they sign up for our services and a static IP address will help provide a stable connection for any server. Having a dynamic IP address for your dedicated server can also put it at risk from spammers that can take advantage of having so many IP addresses being generated. Secure and dedicated static IP will prevent spammers from ruining your reputation. Also with a static IP address you can be secure in building up your websites internet presence without worrying about losing its place in the virtual world.
From a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) perspective, an IP address tells the story about where a website is hosted. While websites hosted on dedicated servers obtain the advantage of having their own dedicated IP address, websites on shared hosting plans will have to share the same IP address hosted on one server with other websites or opt for SEO Hosting services.
Using a shared IP address can lead to a host of potential security threats and search engine discrimination.
Depending on the web hosting provider and/or shared hosting plan, a website will often share an IP address with thousands of other websites. Not only does this significantly slow down the website, but it is widely speculated that websites with shared IP addresses will rank lower on search engines than websites with a dedicated IP. For more information on this subject please refer to our “Why a Dedicated IP Address is Important” page.