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An IP address is a set of numbers that identifies a device on a network. All connections to the internet also have a unique IP address - your router, your phone (when not on wifi), and much more.
There are many services online that will quickly display your current IP address. Often ISPs (Internet Service Providers ~ who you pay for your internet) will use dynamic IP addresses. This means your IP address likely changes, and often. A couple of sites that will display your IP:
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Now, keep in mind that the above display the IP for the route you're connecting to the internet with (i.e. your router's IP). It's not the IP for your website. So, let's get to that...
If you're on shared hosting, your IP address will be that of the server that you're on. Your server has a dedicated IP and your website will have the same IP address.
A dedicated IP address is an IP that doesn't change and is dedicated to one device, or in this case, one account on a device. If your website has a dedicated IP address, it means it's only used for your domain name and no one else shares it.
In short, with Earth Girl hosting, the answer will be no. It's not required it for your website to function, or for installation of an SSL certificate. You can get by with never having a dedicated IP address on our servers.
When might that change? The reasons are iffy -
With some hosts, that is the case. With Earth Girl Hosting, it's not required due to our server setup.
There are conflicting reports on this topic; however, when you start climbing the ranks of SEO and your traffic increases, you should consider a dedicated server - not just a dedicated IP address.
Your dedicated IP address has to be issued by your web host, as it is obtained and secured on their server. If you host with Earth Girl Hosting and would like this add on, please contact our billing support for a quote.