IP addresses are just groups of numbers defining the address of a website. How complex can they be? Well, they’re pretty straightforward, but there are a few parts of their composition that might interest you. Spoiler Alert: I’ll also pepper in some $10 words and sterling “dad jokes” throughout the course of this informative blog piece to make it even more exciting.
Oh my, what a completely unplanned coincidence that we’re discussing IP addresses and IP management because Hostwinds recently updated our IP Management Panel to make it easier for you to manage all the integral things and stuff that come along with keeping your website safe and up to date. Isn’t it just magical when synchronicities happen like that? Life is just full of gifts like that, and wow, here’s another coincidence: The nonpareil IP management interface Hostwinds formulated and improved for your convenience is also full of gifts. To that end, our team also invested some time in creating the following guide to walk you through the different facets of IP management:
On another note, for those who aren’t quite sure what exactly IP addresses (Internet Protocol addresses) are, they are the grid of addresses subsuming the whole World Wide Web, strategically disseminated in accordance with the standards that all internet users capitulate to because…well…we have to do so in order to use the internet. Thus, IP addresses are aptly named Internet Protocol addresses. We communicate across the internet via IP addresses.
Okay cool, that’s easy. But what’s all this about IPv4 and IPv6 addresses? *Dad joke #1 approaching* those are the names of two famous rappers, right? Wrong.
IPv4 VS IPv6
How is an IPv4 IP unique to an IPv6 IP? Isn’t an IP address just a set of numbers? Why are IP addresses divided between these two terms? Here’s why: Back in the day, those brilliant individuals who generated IP addresses to allow people to locate websites on the World Wide Web thought that 4.3 billion combinations of numbers would be adequate to cover all the websites across the globe. Aww, how precious. Needless to say, in light of the fact that the World Wide Web consumption grows exponentially, pretty much every half-second, 4.3 billion IP addresses just didn’t cut it.
Initially, IP addresses were broken up into four distinct sections separated by periods and each section contained a randomized set of numbers from zero to 255. These types of IP addresses are known as version 4 IP addresses, or IPv4 addresses, and they are 32 bits in size. They look something like this: 255.255.255.255.
We still use IPv4 addresses, but to compensate for a massive expansion of internet usage, the slightly more complex IPv6 addresses also were generated. They are 128 bits in size and contain more characters to ensure we didn’t straight up run out of IP addresses.
IPv6 addresses contain eight sections of characters broken up by colons (as opposed to periods) and amount to an almost superfluous amount of IP addresses – way more than a mere 4 billion addresses. Although we currently utilize both IPv4 addresses and IPv6 IP addresses, we may switch over to only IPv6 IP addresses one day.
Some Relevant Terms
Now that you’re all hopped up on IP information and jokes, below are some terms and concepts that will help you efficiently navigate through Hostwinds’ new and improved IP Management interface.
We already went over the four sections comprising IPv4 addresses, but what I failed to mention previously is that these sections are called classes. The first set of numbers is denoted by what we call class A, the second, class B, the third, C, the fourth, D.
The C portion – the set of numbers after the second period in an IP address – can connect multiple IP addresses back to one another and kind of associate them with one another in a group. By contrast, they can also differentiate multiple IP addresses from one another. C-Class IPs are particularly useful in regard to security and search engine optimization (SEO).
I could try to paint a picture as to exactly how C-Class IPs can be beneficial to you, but it would look something like my very first finger painting. Thanks to the following Hostwinds Knowledge Base guide about C-Class IPs, I can save you from having to interpret my bumbled explanation:
Visit https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/understanding-c-class-ip/ to learn more about C-Class IPs.
rDNS (reverse Domain Name System)
As a tremendously old and geeky soul, my first thought was to explain rDNS (reverse Domain Name System) with a jingle like “…it’s fun to say it, go r D N S, it’s fun to say it, go r D N S”… but I refrained just for you. Aren’t you so happy you didn’t have to experience that? Get it?…Like the YMCA song? No? Just me? Thoughts like this are what “brainstorming” looks like in my mind by the way. I digress: rDNS is similar to DNS, except – you guessed it you clever Einstein – it’s the reverse!
DNS (Domain Name System) is the method by which the server figures out what domain name to direct to using the IP address associated with such domain name. A reverse DNS functions via the server finding an IP address using the domain name associated with said IP address. Why would we ever want to implement rDNS? Sometimes people use it to filter out spam. It works like this: your server bars any message linked to an IP address that doesn’t couple with a domain name held within its DNS database.
DDoS, or Distributed Denial of Service, occurs when hackers overload a website with a substantial amount of faux traffic that comes from a bunch…like a buuuuunch…of different locations from a bunch of different systems that are contaminated with viruses. This makes it challenging to tell the difference between the imitation users and people who are actually viewing the website. It also makes it virtually impossible to figure out the source of the cyberspace assault. In addition, sometimes hackers can send the website copious amounts of random rubbish information to overwhelm the website and shut it down. As a result of attacks like this, the hacked website denies services to all users against the website owner’s will. NOT COOL!
Fortunately, companies like Hostwinds offer DDoS protection to abate the risk of this injustice occurring. How does all of this relate to IP addresses you ask? I’ll tell you – you apply DDoS protection to your preferred IP address.
If you are interested in accruing more information regarding DDoS Protection, visit https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/ddos-protection-overview/.
Hostwinds IP Management
Now that we are all well-versed in all that is IP management, allow me to direct your attention once more to the assortment of benefits Hostwinds’ IP Management has to offer.
We’ll get you all situated in Hostwinds’ IP Management area by first directing you to the Cloud Portal. Follow these straightforward steps and you are golden:
1. Once you log into your Client Area (https://clients.hostwinds.com/clientarea.php), click the “Cloud Control” drop-down and select the “Cloud Portal” option.
2. Click on your server’s name to the left.
3. Click the “Manage IP’s” tab on the far right of the baby blue navigation bar to navigate to the IP Management Portal.
Within this user-friendly and viable interface, you also can add an IP, edit an IP, or delete an IP in just a few clicks.
For further assistance with adding, editing, and/or deleting an IP, click the link below:
You also can add additional – new vocab word coming – C-Class IPs! Speaking of new vocab words, Hostwinds gives you the capacity to set DDoS protection to your server’s IP.
Note: We suggest you keep your DDoS on sensor mode so it comes on only if an impending attack is spotted.
Now that you are on Hostwinds’ IP Management page, would you like to make an IP your primary IP address? No problem. Here’s what you do:
1. Click the “Actions” drop-down to the right of the IP address you want to make your primary IP.
2. Click the “Set as Main IP” option and that’s a wrap!
3. To confirm that the correct IP address is set as your primary, make sure the proper IP address has a little star icon to its right.
You can also set rDNS for your IP in “two shakes of a lamb’s tail” by following these steps:
1. Once again, simply click the “Actions” drop-down to the right of the IP address for which you’d like to set rDNS.
2. Click the “Set rDNS” option.
3. A pop-up will appear, allowing you to change the location of your rDNS and confirm. And, simple as that, you are set to go.
I am elated I was able to show you the cool things you can do on Hostwinds’ IP Management page via this thought-provoking and absolutely delightful blog piece. Having said that, my arrogant humor doesn’t negate the fact that I didn’t touch on all that there is to explore on Hostwinds IP Management Panel. Explore it yourself today and discover first-hand how easy it can be to update and manage your IP address information.
Furthermore, all jokes aside, every member of the Hostwinds team is passionate about transforming and evolving our products and services to make them more user-friendly for you. We take scrupulous measures as we develop and meticulously test our products and services in order to wipe out any obstacles or issues one might typically face while conducting important hosting procedures.
Hostwinds’ prestigious awards illustrate the honest and reliable service we provide and our loyalty to and engagement with our clients illustrate our pure resolution to be the most ethical and helpful hosting company out there. That’s what matters most to us and that’s no exaggeration! Not to mention, I’ve observed the candor and empathy possessed by every one of Hostwinds’ tactful Front-Line trusted advisers; therefore, I can honestly recommend joining the Hostwinds family if you aren’t yet a member.
If you are one of our clients, we promise to continue maintaining a genuine relationship with you and to remain conscientious as we assist you. In an effort to be a more dependable resource to our clients, we encourage you, if you have an account with us, to let us know how we can be better. Email us at any time with feedback, suggestions, questions, and/or dad jokes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Okay, I think that pretty much covers it. All there is left to say is “It’s fun to say it, go r D N S…bumbumbumbum… it’s fun to say it, sing r D N S! EVERYBODY!” Just kidding, we’ll just stop here. Have a wonderful and rewarding rest of the week.