AAAA is a domain name record, that's basically the IPv6 address of the web server in which the domain name is hosted. The IPv6 system was designed to replace the present IPv4 system in which every IP is made up of four groups of decimal numbers which range from 1 to 255 e.g. In comparison, an IPv6 address features 8 groups of four hexadecimal numbers - ranging from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The reason behind this transformation is the significantly smaller number of unique IPs the current system supports and also the quick increase of devices which are connected to the Internet. A good example of an IPv6 address is 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you want to point a domain address to a web server which uses such an address, you will have to set up an AAAA record for it, and not the widely used A record, that is an IPv4 address. Both records deliver the same exact function, yet different notations are used, to distinguish the two types of addresses.
AAAA Records in Website Hosting
If you are using a service with a third-party company and you've got to create an AAAA record to direct a domain or a subdomain to their system, you will be able to do that with just a few clicks via the Hepsia CP, provided with all our website hosting plans. As soon as you sign in, you have to proceed to the DNS Records section where you are going to find all the records for any domain name or subdomain hosted within the account. Setting up a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, selecting the type from a drop-down menu, that is to be AAAA in this case, and then inputting the value, or the actual IPv6 address, inside a text box. As an added option you can modify the TTL value (Time To Live), which specifies how long the record will be live after you modify it or remove it in the future. The new AAAA record will be active in just an hour and will propagate globally an hour or two later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start forwarding to the new hosting server.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Setting up a new AAAA record is incredibly easy using our user-friendly Hepsia hosting Control Panel, so if you host a domain inside a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you require such a record either for it or for a subdomain that you've set up under it, you'll be able to create it in just a few simple steps and without any hassle. Hepsia features a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain addresses where you can find all existing records or set up new ones with a few clicks. All it takes to accomplish this is to pick the domain/subdomain you need to edit, pick AAAA for the type from a drop-down menu and type the actual record i.e. the IPv6 address which the other service provider has given you. Within an hour after you save the modification, the newly created record will propagate globally and your domain address will start forwarding to the third-party web server. If they need it, you may also change the TTL value, which indicates the time this record shall be active with its existing value before a new one kicks in if you make any modifications in the future.