AAAA is a domain name record, that is basically the IPv6 address of the web server in which the domain is hosted. The IPv6 system was intended to replace the present IPv4 system in which every single IP address is made up of four sets of decimal numbers ranging from 1 to 255 e.g. In comparison, an IPv6 address has 8 groups of 4 hexadecimal digits - ranging from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The cause of this change is the considerably smaller amount of unique IPs which the current system supports and the rapid increase of gadgets that are connected to the world wide web. An illustration of an IPv6 address is 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you want to point a domain address to a server that uses such an address, you need to create an AAAA record for it, and not the commonly used A record, which is an IPv4 address. Both records provide the exact same function, yet different notations are used, to differentiate the two types of addresses.
AAAA Records in Cloud Web Hosting
If you are using a service through a third-party company and you need to set up an AAAA record to direct a domain address or a subdomain to their system, you'll be able to do that with just a few mouse clicks via the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of our cloud web hosting packages. As soon as you sign in, you will need to go to the DNS Records section where you will find all the records for every domain address or subdomain hosted within the account. Creating a new record is as simple as clicking on a button, picking the type from a drop-down menu, that will be AAAA in this case, and then typing the value, or the actual IPv6 address, in a text box. As an additional option you could edit the TTL value (Time To Live), that specifies how long the record is live after you change it or remove it in the future. The new AAAA record will be live in just an hour and will propagate around the world a few hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start forwarding to the new server.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you have to create an AAAA record for a domain name you have hosted in it or a subdomain you've set up, it will take you only a few mouse clicks within the Hepsia CP to accomplish this. Even when you have never had a hosting account before, you won't encounter any troubles since you will use a very simple and easy-to-use interface. All DNS records for your domain names are going to be listed in a section of the Control Panel with the same name, so once you go there, you will see all records which have been set up automatically or manually and you'll be able to set up a new one by clicking on the corresponding button. A compact pop-up shall appear, so with several clicks you can choose the type of record that you need and for which domain name or subdomain it will be created. After that, just paste the IPv6 address inside a text box, save the modification and an hour later the new AAAA record is going to be 100% functioning. As an optional setting, you may choose the time this record is going to be working after you modify it or erase it in the future. That is the so-called TTL, or Time To Live value of the record, which you can change from the standard 3600 seconds in case the other provider requires it.