With the help of your Control Panel, changing your IP address from shared to dedicated server is very easy. However, before you delve into how to go about the changes, it will be ideal if you know the benefits you can gain from changing your shared hosting account into one that is dedicated.
Shared vs. Dedicated
Cost is the number one reason why website owners prefer shared hosting. This is particularly true for those who are just concerned about sharing information on the web. However, if you are into e-commerce and you want to make sure that your clients are protected and their transactions are secured, it will do well if you shift to dedicated server even if it’s more expensive.
In shared hosting, your server hosts several websites, including your site. If one of the sites in your server is compromised or hacked, there is a big chance that your website will be affected as well. With dedicated hosting, however, your site is the only one hosted by the server. So you can be assured that there is no downtime caused by other sites except your own.
Lastly, in a dedicated server, you won’t have problems with sharing bandwidth with other sites. This means that you have more control on your content plus the loading time and performance of your website will be faster and much better.
Steps in Changing IP Address on cPanel from Shared to Dedicated
Using cPanel to assign a unique IP address to your account so you can host an SSL-secured site is a simple process. However, you can also make use of the Change a Site’s IP Address function in your WHM. Regardless of what interface you use, the effect will be the same.
But before you follow the steps below and apply changes to your system, it is important that you read the instructions carefully to ensure that you understand the necessary actions to be done. Here are the steps involved:
Once you have applied the changes, you might need to wait for several hours (or sometimes even days) for the changes to be propagated across the Internet. During this time, your website will be down in certain areas or locations.
Important Things to Remember When Changing Your IP Address
If you want to modify the IP address of your domain, it is important for you to first get the IP address from a data center. Once you have secured the new address, you can add it in the WHM using the Add a New IP address tab. You can access it in the IP Functions menu.
In case you’re running a data center, then you should get your IP address from your RIR or Regional Internet Registry.