Every single device which is connected to the Internet has a unique identifier referred to as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes computers, web servers, smart phones, switches, and so on. The pool of IP addresses, which was introduced at first, has already been distributed, hence the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are slowly getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain that opens an internet site comes with an IP record, that is the address of the server where it is hosted. With the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it comprises of four groups of numbers from 1 to 255 separated by a dot, while within the IPv6 system it's called AAAA and it is made up of 8 groups of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this kind of records use numbers from 0 to 9 and letters from A to F. A good example of an AAAA record is 2010:0c48:43d3:2142:1012:8c3a:2475:2435 and this format can handle a significantly greater amount of IPs in comparison with the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Website Hosting
If you are using a service with a third-party provider and you need to create an AAAA record to forward a domain or a subdomain to their system, you're going to be able to do that with just a few clicks in the Hepsia CP, provided with all our website hosting solutions. As soon as you log in, you will need to go to the DNS Records section in which you are going to find all the records for any domain address or subdomain hosted within the account. Creating a new record is as basic as clicking on a button, choosing the type from a drop-down options menu, that is to be AAAA in this case, and then entering the value, or the actual IPv6 address, in a text box. As an added option you can edit the TTL value (Time To Live), which specifies how long the record is active after you modify it or erase it in the future. The new AAAA record is going to be working in no more than an hour and will propagate globally a couple of hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start directing to the new web server.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Setting up a new AAAA record for a domain name or a subdomain hosted within a semi-dedicated server from our company involves only a couple of very easy steps, which you'll be able to find within the Help section of your Hepsia web hosting Control Panel as well. You will need to pick the hostname for which the new record is going to be created from a drop-down menu in which you will find all of your domains and subdomains. Setting up the new AAAA record is as simple as picking out the one that you need and inputting the IPv6 address for it. This is accomplished with no more than several clicks, so you can quickly forward any hostname to a different provider by using an AAAA record and use it with whatever service they provide. It will take just a few seconds for the new record to be functioning and just about an hour for it to propagate world-wide, so you will be done in no time. The other company may also ask you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, that is different from the default one - 3600 seconds. This feature shows how long it will take for any new value which you set for your record to take effect as the old value is still active.