To show our support for IPv6, and as part of our IPv6 migration plan, we have enabled dual stack connectivity on our blog on this occasion of World IPv6 Day. If you view this site over IPv6, you will see a visual indicator confirming access from IPv6:
For those of you who don’t know, IPv6 is the next-generation Internet protocol, which offers a large number of IP addresses,
79228162514264337593543950336) times of what IPv4 has to offer. A typical IPv6 address looks like
2001:db8:cafe::1, compared to an IPv4 address
192.168.148.1. IPv4 space is quickly becoming exhausted, necessitating the migration to IPv6. You can read more about IPv6 in its Wikipedia entry or in the free book, The Second Internet. You can use IPv6 tunnels if your ISP does not offer IPv6 connectivity yet. Using http://test-ipv6.com/, you can verify IPv6 connectivity.
Behind the Scenes
This is powered by 2 load-balancers running nginx, and connectivity to IPv6 internet is through IPv6 6in4 tunnels provided by Hurricane Electric Tunnelbroker, as our datacenters have not enabled IPv6 yet.
This is not the end. Once we have native IPv6 connectivity, we are planning to roll out IPv6 connectivity for all sites on WordPress.com, and maybe all Automattic sites as well. Stay tuned for more IPv6 announcements…
- Jun 8, 2011 @ 3:44 pm
Jun 8th at 8:29 pm
To bad my ISP doesn’t support it yet.
Jun 8th at 9:27 pm
What? What does this mean? Please be patient with those of us just a wee shade techno-Neanderthalish. Are things going to change on my blog? Is this to make things MORE complicated? I mean, dang. IPv6 Day ‘o’ Infamy, what?
You see, on a multi-interconnected level of confusion well, pretty confusing. What happened to IPv5? Well? Or better still, IPv4, 3, 2, and 1? What happened to them and why didn’t I get the memo?
Oh I get it WordPress, I’m not up-to-speed on all that hi-techy crap and so you’ve just tossed me to the curb and left me there like so much antique rubbish to be summarily taken away. Well for shame on me…
Jun 8th at 11:12 pm
IN CA we keep running out out phone prefixes and zip codes – kinda of like that I guess. As long as it works, I don’t need to know more – thanks for the update.
Jun 8th at 11:12 pm
My server still running on IPv4
I don’t know when my admin would upgrade the system..
we’ll support this campaign
Jun 8th at 11:13 pm
Speak English please! lol – I had no idea of what I just read, but sure, Happy IPv6 day!
Jun 8th at 11:29 pm
Please repeat this message in plain English. We are not all nerds!
Jun 8th at 11:58 pm
Fantastic way to celebrate!
Jun 9th at 12:01 am
Congratulations and thank you! Glad to see you are keeping up with latest technology. Surely this is a good thing for all of us WP fans!
Jun 9th at 12:16 am
Cool – wordpress moving – to new address!
Change is a pain, but it enhance stuff… also – job security.
Jun 9th at 12:52 am
I think my brain just melted. Thanks for the info, though. *chuckles*
Jun 9th at 1:08 am
This is very cool!
Jun 9th at 1:36 am
I don’t know much about IPv6 but now i should learn about it
Jun 9th at 1:46 am
honestly i don’t know it but it seems to be good!!!!
Jun 9th at 1:52 am
everyone’s gonna have his own unique ipv6 address, definitely it’s cool, but it may lead to other problems such as making it much easier for FBI to find the owner’s location than IPv4, and then the virtual world on the internet seems no longer virtual any more.
Jun 9th at 2:28 am
To bad my ISP doesn’t support it yet.
Jun 9th at 2:38 am
awesome. glad to know
Jun 9th at 2:43 am
Nice!! Thanks! I`ll stay tuned for more IPv6 announcements…
Jun 9th at 2:56 am
Like its predecessor, how long this ipv6 will be able to survive if it is multiplied with the rapid growth of Internet users and machines?
Jun 9th at 3:45 am
All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the show!
Jun 9th at 4:21 am
Say, did IPv1 have only 1 IP address? /heh
Jun 9th at 4:31 am
Your explanation of IPv6 leaves me none the wiser. Your explanations so far in these news blogs is full of technical language which excludes many users. It caters for the IT literate community – but I thought the point of Blogging was to give a voice to those who are less so, as well as those who are IT whizzes. This applies to your Home page as well, when describing what the various items are for – eg Tags, Widgets, Links etc. Not everyone has an It person sitting beside them defining what is meant by your definitions.
I love using WordPress – I am extremely literate, but less IT literate. I am not a bright young thing, but a clever older thing! lol Compared with many of my contemporaries I am a computer whizz – but this techno-speak is baffling. I have worked out some of them myself, such as the Tags and Widgets, but there are many things in my Dashboard that I cannot make head or tails of, and am too anxious therefore to use.
Could you please use layman’s terms, as well as the techno-speak, in your explanations. It would be appreciated.
PS: Thankyou deliasway – your explanation helps considerably.
Jun 9th at 5:17 am
Well really good info…& thanks for sharing
Jun 9th at 5:35 am
Thanks for the information. I see it everyday when i configure IP in my laptop, but never use it. I use only IP4 to set my ip. Really great information
Jun 9th at 6:32 am
sounds very interesting. I have not heard of this before.
Jun 9th at 6:40 am
Yay for IPv6
Jun 9th at 7:06 am
what else can we say? rock on!
Jun 9th at 8:31 am
Super confusing but it’s cool!!
Jun 9th at 9:42 am
Anything which makes blogging easier and draws blogs to wider attention is good. BUT the inexperienced need fuller explanations.
Jun 9th at 10:08 am
Good Job Man……
Jun 9th at 10:21 am
Just leave it up to you to keep on inventing new things and great ideas for wordpress. Thanks, wow!
Jun 9th at 10:54 am
This is really useful information. Thanks for passing it on!
Jun 9th at 11:16 am
Let rock.. IPv6, say good bye to IPv4.
Finally we have reached future.
Jun 9th at 1:12 pm
Thanks for the test link. I’m diagnosed as only compatible with IPv4
Jun 9th at 1:18 pm
What is exactly the benefit of having IPv6 capability in WordPress.com blog?
Jun 9th at 5:54 pm
Find some more calculations with the numbers of addresses here:
Jun 9th at 5:56 pm
IPV6 is a new way better connection but it’s expensive
Jun 9th at 7:12 pm
Cool. Thank you for explaining this.
Jun 9th at 10:05 pm
I’m super excited about IPv6.
Jun 9th at 10:38 pm
Did you disable IPv6 right after v6-day again?
Cause when I dig for me CNAME, I don’t get no AAAA record:
$ dig +short itnomad.wordpress.com AAAA
$ dig +short lb.wordpress.com
Jun 10th at 12:18 am
wow. did not know IPv4 was that much smaller in comparison to IPv6. Awesome to see future integration of ‘the second internet’
Jun 10th at 3:48 am
Wow! Thank you for giving us this amazing news!
Jun 10th at 4:44 am
Great…but what about the country who still has a bad internet connection..is it a problem to implement ipv6?
Jun 10th at 6:44 am
This is interesting. I didn’t even know the internet was getting “too full”…glad there’s a “fix”
Jun 10th at 12:17 pm
@Sajib – it is not a question of having a benfit from it, it is a question of still having a reachable blog in some years or not!
Jun 10th at 12:19 pm
@Tommy – You might find some input in my article “Are You Ready For IPv6?”. You can find it in my blog!
Jun 10th at 2:31 pm
Please tell me when you will be able to eliminate the dual stack ? Any idea, until you eliminate the dual stack there is no relief on IPv4 addresses and this is just an exeperiment.
Jun 10th at 4:04 pm
Ohhh cool, thanks!
Jun 10th at 5:04 pm
Oh yeah. I’m notified too in top of navbar blog.
Jun 10th at 5:49 pm
I believe the authors of this post made some of us feel at ease. Cell phones and all mobile devices might have been the big cause of this change but the overall reason is more money for the domain name companies. Yea them,!
Jun 10th at 8:31 pm
but now we have to learn how to use IPv6, which will include letters.
Jun 10th at 8:39 pm
I did not know anything about this before…?
Jun 10th at 8:44 pm
To the Sheldons of this world who live in a different world to I, I have no idea what you are talking about of course I am dyslexic and so my world is different to yours. I click and hope I doubt if actually having a simpler way of explaining will ever come into my life. Never mind. I love life.
Jun 10th at 8:44 pm
Congratulations on being among the first to pass through the door to the new internet .
My technology and science related blogs aim to break dense concepts down and to explain them to myself and the others. Now, I am wondering if some of the glitches that have been happening at almost every major site have to do with this expansion.
But today, I will just have some cheese and a bit of wine and move on.
Jun 10th at 8:55 pm
You guys are so talented!
Jun 10th at 11:17 pm
Thanks for sharing this information
Jun 11th at 12:45 am
Thank you for letting me know. I learn a lot from reading these WordPress messages to blog authors. I so appreciate the support that WordPress gives me as a blog writer!
Jun 11th at 2:27 am
Interesting, to hear
Jun 11th at 7:36 am
not fluent in the technical language at all, but sounds epic!
Jun 11th at 9:18 am
Ran the test. Once WordPRess.com goes to IPv6 only, I will lose my blog, since my ISP isn’t configured for it.
Jun 11th at 12:32 pm
A slightly bemused “well done” from me *scratches head*
Jun 11th at 2:42 pm
Cool, innovative, has lots of possibilities.
Jun 11th at 3:12 pm
Thanks a lot for the test link (:
Jun 11th at 3:51 pm
Thanks for the information. Who’d have thought they were running out this quickly.
Jun 11th at 5:18 pm
How it can benefit a simple layman blogger like me?
Jun 11th at 9:10 pm
I know only that IPv6 is the implemented Protocol in Netherlands, which is standard procdure. As Core Producer Globally I have a long standing difference of opinion with the authorities on the subject of threading from the Core which is an accepted breech into your PC by outsiders implementing your stuff for their own purpose. I thought you ought to know that Masters are preying on those who have the least idea that they are being watched,
Jun 11th at 9:12 pm
What happened to IPv5?
Jun 11th at 9:14 pm
I believe people should really do there research on this subject before mindlessly going ahead with it. IPV6 has been 15 years in planning with the sole motivation of hijacking the internet and expanding obsoleteism. This is really scary stuff to be implementing, tons of hardware would literally become toxic garbage filling landfills, individuals will loose the ability to host their own sites without going through controlled hosting companies who will basically kill anything they deem inappropriate to be placed accessibly on the web(the web isn’t the internet). The internet2 was and will be a dismal failure and with all the current uprisings and people waking up to the globalist and corporate threats this is simply a last ditch attempt to shut the internet down. The technology isn’t sound and neither are its intentions. Please don’t go forward with this, its going to do more harm than good.
Jun 11th at 10:25 pm
I don’t know what you talking about but it is “B E A U T I F U L”
Jun 11th at 10:35 pm
I dont understand, but i wish i did!
Jun 11th at 10:36 pm
Are there any plans to keep the dual stack? Our campus is big on IPv6, although my home ISP doesn’t have it everywhere yet. It was encouraging to see just how many sites took part in IPv6 day. Some (including Facebook and Google) plan on leaving or re-implementing their dual stacks.
Jun 12th at 10:18 am
Really nice. Thanks for the info
Jun 12th at 1:19 pm
I haven’t had the time to read these messages, seems I’m missing out on important issues. I have no idea what IPv6 is but I will find out, I promise!
Jun 13th at 1:13 am
I’m just glad this day did not pass without my reading the words “dual stack connectivity.”
Jun 13th at 2:02 am
Will my WordPress require any assistance in the transition? I don’t want any blackouts for my readers.
Jun 13th at 3:32 am
Thanks for the information. Just have one remark to make, I have been tested and I’m OK, but since June 8, my blog traffick has decreased by 30%. I would like to know if this happening elsewhere?
Jun 13th at 4:05 am
This is like taking wordpress a few steps forward… cool!!
Jun 13th at 1:29 pm
Does this mean that IPv6 users will not be able to access IPv4 sites?
Jun 13th at 3:31 pm
IPv6 Doesnt work for me yet, I’ll just wait for it to work… Someday….
Jun 13th at 4:32 pm
damn, my ISP doesn’t suppor it
Jun 13th at 9:16 pm
Jun 13th at 10:37 pm
checked the connection for this blog. My ISP and hence me still stuck at IPv4….
Jun 15th at 5:08 pm
Who would have thought years ago that we would be where we are today. Guess it is like the hard drives when computers first began, when we had a 10MB hard drive we thought we would never need another – HA – were we fooled. Now the internet has grown to an extent that is also unreal and not thought of. But that is progress and we are in a progressive world! Thank you for keeping us up to date.