Each device which is connected to the world wide web has a specific identifier called IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes computer systems, web servers, smart phones, switches, etcetera. The pool of IP addresses, that was introduced initially, has already been distributed, therefore the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are gradually getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain that opens a site has an IP record, that is the address of the server where it's hosted. With the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it is comprised of 4 sets of numbers from 1 to 255 divided by a dot, while with the IPv6 system it is called AAAA and it is comprised of eight groups of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this type 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 works with a substantially greater amount of IPs than the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Cloud Hosting
If you use a service with a third-party company and you have to set up an AAAA record to point a domain address or a subdomain to their system, you are going to be able to do that with a couple of clicks via the Hepsia CP, supplied with all our cloud hosting plans. When you log in, you will need to go to the DNS Records section in which you will find all records for any domain name or subdomain hosted within the account. Creating a new record is as basic as clicking on a button, selecting the type from a drop-down menu, which will be AAAA in this case, and then entering the value, or the actual IPv6 address, in a text box. As an additional option you are able to modify the TTL value (Time To Live), that defines how long the record is functioning after you modify it or delete it in the future. The new AAAA record will be operating in just an hour and will propagate globally a couple of hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start pointing to the new hosting server.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Creating a new AAAA record for a domain name or a subdomain hosted within a semi-dedicated server from our company features only a few simple steps, which you will be able to find inside the Help section of your Hepsia web hosting Control Panel as well. You'll need to pick the hostname for which the new record will be created from a drop-down menu in which you will find your domains and subdomains. Setting up the new AAAA record is as basic as selecting the one that you need and entering the IPv6 address for it. This is accomplished with no more than a couple of clicks, so you can easily forward any hostname to a different provider by using an AAAA record and use it with whatever service they provide. It's going to take mere seconds for the new record to be functioning and only about an hour for it to propagate around the globe, so you will be done in no time. The other provider may also require you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, that's different from the standard one - 3600 seconds. This feature outlines how long it will take for any new value you set for your record to take effect while the old value is still active.