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Deploy360 18 January 2013

cPanel To Add IPv6 Support in 2013

Dan York
By Dan YorkDirector, Online Content

Good news for the many people out there using cPanel to configure their hosted website… IPv6 support is coming this year. In a post titled “IPv6 Implementation Update” they state:

Much like Y2K, this issue requires a proactive solution rather than a reactive response. That is why cPanel has been working diligently on research and analysis to incorporate IPv6 support into our products. In 2013 we will begin to deliver features that support IPv6.

As some of you may already know, IPv6 is much more than just a change in the addressing scheme. However, given the urgency of supporting IPv6 addressing, we will first focus on allowing you to manage manually assigned IPv6 addresses at least as well as you can currently manage IPv4 addresses in cPanel & WHM. We also look forward to supporting IPv6 addresses on NSD, MyDNS and BIND (for DNS functionality), Apache (for website functionality), cPanel & WHM and its related services, and the various mail services we support. Additional services will be made IPv6-capable as deemed fit. The level of support cPanel will provide for IPv6 will provide functionality needed for serving web content.

Given the large usage of cPanel among web hosting providers it is great to see that this support for IPv6 will be added to the software.  The cPanel article encouraged people to join in the IPv6-related discussion happening in the Feature Requests area of their website.  It’s interesting to read there already the comments of people who have not implemented cPanel (or have chosen different hosting providers who don’t use cPanel) because of its lack of IPv6 support.

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