Each device that's connected to the world wide web has a unique identifier known as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes computers, web servers, smartphones, switches, etc. The pool of IP addresses, that was introduced at first, has already been distributed, therefore the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are slowly getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain name that opens a website has an IP record, that is the address of the server where it is hosted. Using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it consists of 4 sets of numbers from 1 to 255 divided by a dot, while in the IPv6 system it's called AAAA and it comprises of 8 sets of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this kind of records use digits 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 substantially larger number of IPs when compared with the IPv4 format.

AAAA Records in Shared Web Hosting

If you are using a service through a third-party company and you have to create an AAAA record to direct a domain address or a subdomain to their system, you'll be able to do that with only a couple of clicks via the Hepsia CP, included with all our shared web hosting plans. When you log in, you have to go to the DNS Records section where you will find all the records for any domain or subdomain hosted in 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 typing the value, or the actual IPv6 address, within a text box. As an added option you can edit the TTL value (Time To Live), that outlines how long the record is functioning after you change it or delete it in the future. The new AAAA record will be functioning in just an hour and will propagate globally an hour or two later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start directing to the new web server.

AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

Creating a new AAAA record for a domain address or a subdomain hosted in a semi-dedicated server from our company includes only a few very easy steps, that you will be able to find within the Help section of your Hepsia website hosting Control Panel as well. You'll have to pick the hostname for which the new record is going to be created from a drop-down menu where you will find all of your domains and subdomains. Setting up the new AAAA record is as easy as choosing the one that you need and entering the IPv6 address for it. This is achieved with no more than a couple of mouse 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 takes just a few seconds for the new record to be working and only around an hour for it to propagate world-wide, so you'll be done in no time. The other company can also request you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, which is different from the default one - 3600 seconds. This feature determines how long it will take for any new value which you set for your record to take effect while the old value is still active.