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Have you ever tried or thought about trying to host something on a server? For instance, It could be a game server, a website, an email server, a database server, or even your own custom app. To give people access to a service you want to connect to using the internet, you'll need to use a public IP address.
If you're unfamiliar with an IP address, we recommend reading this guide for clarification: What is an IP address?
Most Computers on your home network likely have a private IP. Conversely, servers on the internet have a public IP. However, what makes an IP address public, and what makes an IP address private?
In a nutshell:
If you want to host a site outside your local network, you will need a public IP Address. Therefore, two straightforward methods of getting a public IP address include Port Forwarding and VPS hosting.
If you have an internet connection, your ISP provided you with a public IP address. It will usually be assigned to your home router or modem. To use this, you'll need to configure your device to allow passing the connection to your Cloud VPS server. But, This has several disadvantages:
A VPS is a Virtual Private Server. However, don't let the private part fool you - All of our servers have a public IPv6 and IPv6 address included. A VPS works a lot like a personal computer, except that it is deployed on a server on the internet. Also, they come with several advantages:
In conclusion, A VPS offers a much better solution for placing applications and websites for public consumption.
Written by Hostwinds Team / June 5, 2021