Each device which is connected to the world wide web has a distinctive identifier known as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes computer systems, web servers, smartphones, switches, etcetera. The pool of addresses, which was introduced initially, is already distributed, hence the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are gradually being replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain name that opens a site has an IP record, which is the address of the server where it's hosted. With the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it comprises of four sets of numbers from 1 to 255 separated using a dot, while within the IPv6 system it is called AAAA and it is made up of eight groups of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this sort 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 supports a substantially bigger number of IPs compared with the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Cloud Website Hosting
If you use a service through a third-party provider and you have to create an AAAA record to forward a domain or a subdomain to their system, you are going to be able to do that with a couple of clicks in the Hepsia CP, provided with our cloud website hosting solutions. When you sign in, you will need to visit the DNS Records section where you are going to find all the records for every domain or subdomain hosted in the account. Setting up a new record is as basic as clicking on a button, picking the type from a drop-down options menu, that will be AAAA in this case, and then entering the value, or the actual IPv6 address, within a text box. As an additional option you are able to edit the TTL value (Time To Live), which defines how long the record is going to be functioning after you change it or erase it in the future. The new AAAA record will be functioning in only an hour and will propagate worldwide two or three hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start forwarding to the new web server.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Setting up a new AAAA record for a domain address or a subdomain hosted in a semi-dedicated server from our company involves only a couple of simple steps, which you'll be able to find inside the Help section of your Hepsia hosting Control Panel as well. You will have to select the hostname for which the new record is going to 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 simple as selecting the one that you need and entering the IPv6 address for it. This is done with no more than a few mouse clicks, so you can very easily direct any hostname to a different service provider by using an AAAA record and use it with whatever service they offer. It takes seconds for the new record to be active and just around an hour for it to propagate globally, so you will be done in no time. The other company can also require you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, that is different from the default 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.