At One.com, we take pride in helping you publish your own website. Whether you’re an expert or a rookie, use our easy Website Builder or write your own code — we’ll take care of the infrastructure in the background and connect your visitors to your website. And now we’re geared for the road ahead: One.com has just completed its migration of all subscriptions to the IPv6 standard.
But what is an IP anyways?
You might have heard of IP (Internet Protocol) before: Whenever you go online, your internet service provider provides you with an IP address, for example, 192.168.1.1. This allows other devices to identify and connect to you. Now, if you open One.com, you connect to the IP 188.8.131.52. It will then send the homepage to your IP address.
As you can see, each IP address consists of four blocks of numbers — this defines the IPv4 standard, which is still the most used standard. You can imagine that with more and more people, servers and smart toasters going online, those IP’s might sooner or later run out. In fact, they already have: back in 2011, all 4.3 billion combinations were distributed for good! Without an alternative, new websites, companies or even entire emerging markets wouldn’t have any chance to engage in the online world.
This is where IPv6 comes to the rescue because it allows for much more complex IP addresses (e.g., 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334), increasing the number of available IP’s dramatically. IPv6 was already established back in 1998; however, it took many years for websites, let alone internet service providers to implement it robustly. Twenty years later, we are finally ready to roll out IPv6 to your websites.
The numbers speak for themselves
One out of five sites now uses IPv6 according to Google, though adoption levels vary by country. Only a handful of nations deliver more than 5% of traffic over IPv6. Belgium provides an encouraging outlook; it is the first country in the world to deliver more than half of its traffic to content providers over IPv6 according to InternetSociety report 2018.
But what does this mean for me?
First of all, your DNS settings in your Control Panel have gotten just a bit more granular. For instance, you can now turn on and off access to your domain via IPv6 by toggling the respective “standard web DNS settings.”
As more and more internet service providers allow their customers to access the internet via IPv6 by default, this will reduce latencies.
And most importantly, your domain has just gotten future-proof, and you didn’t even have to lift a finger for it, allowing you to take care of the things that matter the most: building your website!