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I am trying to purchase a domain name that I want and the person says that it's expensive because it comes with a IP address. I have never heard of this. What exactly is a dedicated IP? What are they good for? What would be a reasonable price for a domain and a dedicated IP?

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Google didn't work for you? encrypted.google.com/… –  Kyle Jul 8 '11 at 14:42
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@Kyle We're supposed to be source for Google. –  AndrejaKo Jul 8 '11 at 14:44
    
I did Google and the only references I found were from several years ago. –  CaseyB Jul 8 '11 at 14:59

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A dedicated IP is static IP that is routable, and it used on the Internet to find your services, like a web site. Your DNS entry will point to that static IP. Often the term dedicated is associated with a service like Amazon's server instances, or your web hosting company giving you a dedicated IP address rather than sharing one for multiple web sites.

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I just want the Domain, but this guys says that I would need to pay for the IP as well. –  CaseyB Jul 8 '11 at 15:00
    
If you host it at Godaddy, or 1 & 1 Internet, you will not need to buy a dedicated IP. Based on the nature of this question and your responses, I doubt that it is a huge site, so let them do it. It is cheap, reliable, and you don't need your own IP. Also, it sounds like they may be trying to oversell you, but I obviously can't be sure. –  KCotreau Jul 8 '11 at 15:17
    
@CaseyB indeed, buying domains does not require you pay for a hosting service (which would be what the IP is for). Godaddy is who I tend to use, they push a lot of extras, but you're not required to pay for any of it. I actually recommend you try registering through Google Apps. –  Doc Jul 8 '11 at 15:53
    
+1 after my edit (see edit comment for details) –  Nifle Jul 8 '11 at 21:02

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