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We use domain names to search for our favorite websites; we also bookmark them in our search browsers. We might even write and store them just in case something goes wrong with our machine. But why do we need to know a domain's IP address? We will need this information if we want to know details about the domain. What is an IP address? We must know the answer to this before we discuss what a domain's IP address is.
There is a database that contains records of all the websites that are on the internet. The IP address is what identifies one domain from another. Each domain is assigned a unique IP address. An IP (Internet Protocol) is a unique addressing system used to identify all machines that are using the internet. When you connect to the internet via any device; mobile phone, tablet, laptop, computer, etc. you are identified by an IP address. Without a unique addressing system operating and managing the internet would be virtually impossible. Imagine if you were living in an area where there are no house numbers, no street numbers or names. It would be impossible to find out where a person lives.
An IP address consists of four numbers. Each of which contains one to three numbers. A single dot '.' Separates each set of numbers. Each of the four numbers can range from 0 to 255. An IP address can look like 184.108.40.2066. This innocuous looking set of numbers is the key that empowers a user to send and receive data from other websites. It is this set of numbers that ensure that we reach the correct website.
The common set of IP addresses which were first installed in 1983 and are known as the IPV4 and the one explained are fast running out. To handle the future domains addressing IPV6 has been launched and both the versions are in use.
There are several ways in which you can find your IP address or that of a website. You can use the 'tracer' or the 'ping' command to find an IP address. But knowing the IP address of a website will not give you any further information.
If you want to get detailed information about a domain's IP, go to seosmalltools.com on your search browser and find the 'Domain to IP' icon, or copy/paste smallseotools.com/domain-to-ip in the address bar of your search browser. The domain to IP tool will be displayed. Enter the domain name for which you want the IP address and press 'Submit.' The application will display the domain name, IP address, country, and ISP.
Asides from displaying the IP address, it tells you in which country the IP address is located and the name of the web hosting service provider who is hosting the domain that you searched for.
This information can be quite handy to see who your domain's actual service provider is. You may have purchased the web hosting service provider located in your area or country. However, the internet service provider may be a reseller for another internet web hosting service provider. So you may be a business house based in Singapore, but your website may be hosted from Australia.
A majority of web hosting service providers are located in the United States. The reason for this is that they can provide cheap hosting services and their service level is one of the best in the world. Plus their setups are huge and very well managed.