Every single device which is connected to the Internet has a specific identifier named IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes PCs, web servers, smartphones, switches, etcetera. The pool of addresses, that was introduced at first, has already been distributed, so the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are slowly getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain name which opens a site comes with an IP record, that is the address of the server where it's hosted. When using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it is made up of four sets of numbers from 1 to 255 divided with a dot, while in the IPv6 system it is called AAAA and it consists of eight sets of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this sort 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 substantially bigger amount of IPs than the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Web Hosting
If you are using a service through a third-party service provider and you need to create an AAAA record to direct a domain name or a subdomain to their system, you are going to be able to do that with only a few mouse clicks in the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with our web hosting plans. After you sign in, you will need to proceed to the DNS Records section in which you are going to find all the records for every domain or subdomain hosted in the account. Setting up 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, within a text box. As an added option you can modify the TTL value (Time To Live), that defines how long the record is going to be functioning after you change it or remove it in the future. The new AAAA record will be operating in just an hour and will propagate around the world a couple of hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start pointing to the new web server.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Creating a new AAAA record is incredibly easy with our user-friendly Hepsia hosting CP, so if you host a domain in a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you need such a record either for it or for a subdomain that you have created under it, you will be able to create it within a few very simple steps and without any hassle. Hepsia includes a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain addresses in which you can find all existing records or create new ones with several mouse clicks. All it takes to do this is to choose the domain/subdomain you need to modify, choose AAAA for the type from a drop-down menu and enter the actual record i.e. the IPv6 address which the other provider has given you. Within an hour after you save the modification, the newly created record is going to propagate globally and your Internet domain will start forwarding to the third-party web server. If they require it, you can even edit the TTL value, which shows the time this record will be operating with its existing value before a new one kicks in if you make any modifications in the future.