Each device that's connected to the world wide web has a special identifier known as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes personal computers, web servers, smartphones, switches, and so on. The pool of IPs, that was introduced at first, has already been distributed, hence the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are slowly getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain which opens a site comes with an IP record, which is the address of the server where it is hosted. Using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it comprises of four groups of numbers from 1 to 255 divided using a dot, while with the IPv6 system it's called AAAA and it is comprised of eight groups 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 is designed for a substantially greater number of IPs when compared with the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Website Hosting
If you'd like to set up a new AAAA record a domain name or subdomain hosted inside your website hosting account, it will not take you more than a couple of easy steps to do that. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel is very intuitive to use and is going to enable you to create or edit every record without difficulty. After you sign in and visit the DNS Records section, where you can find all existing records for your domains and subdomains, you will simply have to click on the "New" button, choose AAAA from a small drop-down menu within the pop-up that'll appear, input or paste the necessary IPv6 address and save the change - it is as easy as that. The new record will be fully live within a maximum of 1 hour and the hostname you have created it for is going to start opening whatever content you have with the other provider. If necessary, you will also be able to change the TTL (Time To Live) value, which reveals the time in seconds the new record will be active after you eventually modify it to something different or you simply erase it.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Setting up a new AAAA record for a domain name or a subdomain hosted inside a semi-dedicated server from our company includes a few really easy steps, which you will be able to find within the Help section of your Hepsia website hosting Control Panel as well. You will have to choose the hostname for which the new record will be created from a drop-down menu where you will find all of your domain addresses and subdomains. Setting up the new AAAA record is as basic as choosing the one that you need and typing in the IPv6 address for it. This is achieved with no more than a couple of mouse clicks, so you can effortlessly forward any hostname to a different company by using an AAAA record and use it with whatever service they offer. It will take seconds for the new record to be working and just around an hour for it to propagate worldwide, so you'll be done in no time. The other provider can also require you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, that's different from the default one - 3600 seconds. This feature reveals 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.