Each device that is connected to the world wide web has a unique identifier referred to as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes personal computers, web servers, smart phones, switches, and so on. The pool of IPs, that was introduced originally, has been distributed, hence the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are slowly getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain name that opens a site has an IP record, which is the address of the server where it's hosted. Using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it consists of 4 sets of numbers from 1 to 255 separated with a dot, while with the IPv6 system it's called AAAA and it comprises of 8 sets of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this kind of records use numbers from 0 to 9 and letters from A to F. An example of an AAAA record is 2010:0c48:43d3:2142:1012:8c3a:2475:2435 and this format supports a significantly bigger amount of IPs when compared with the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Cloud Hosting
If you are using a service with a third-party company and you need to create an AAAA record to direct a domain or a subdomain to their system, you're going to be able to do that with just a couple of clicks in the Hepsia CP, provided with all our cloud hosting packages. Once you log in, you will need to proceed to the DNS Records section in which you are going to find all records for every domain or subdomain hosted in the account. Creating a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, picking out the type from a drop-down options menu, which will be AAAA in this case, and then typing the value, or the actual IPv6 address, inside a text box. As an additional option you can change the TTL value (Time To Live), which determines how long the record is active after you modify it or delete it in the future. The new AAAA record will be functioning in just an hour and will propagate worldwide a few hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start directing to the new web server.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Creating a new AAAA record is very easy using our user-friendly Hepsia hosting CP, so if you host a domain name inside a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you require such a record either for it or for a subdomain which you have set up under it, you'll be able to create it in just a few rather simple steps and without any hassle. Hepsia has a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain addresses where you can find all current records or set up new ones with several clicks. All it takes to achieve that is to choose the domain/subdomain you want to modify, pick AAAA for the type from a drop-down menu and enter the actual record i.e. the IPv6 address which the other service provider has given you. Within an hour after you save the change, the new record will propagate worldwide and your domain address will start forwarding to the third-party hosting server. If they require it, you may also edit the TTL value, which indicates the time this record is going to be working with its current value before a new one kicks in if you make any adjustments in the future.