AAAA is a domain address record, that is basically the IPv6 address of the web server where the domain is hosted. The IPv6 system was intended to replace the current IPv4 system where each and every IP address is comprised of four groups of decimal numbers between 1 to 255 e.g. 5.168.208.143. On the other hand, an IPv6 address includes eight sets of four hexadecimal numbers - ranging from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The reason for this transformation is the considerably smaller amount of unique IPs that the existing system supports and the quick increase of devices which are connected to the Internet. An illustration of an IPv6 address would be 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you need to point a domain name to a server that uses this sort of an address, you'll have to create an AAAA record for it, not the commonly used A record, which is an IPv4 address. Both records deliver the same exact function, but different notations are used, so as to identify the two types of addresses.
AAAA Records in Website Hosting
If you want to set up a new AAAA record for any domain address or subdomain hosted inside your website hosting account, it is not going to 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 it'll allow you to create or modify every record easily. Once you sign in and navigate to the DNS Records section, in which you'll discover all existing records for your domains and subdomains, you'll simply have to click the "New" button, choose AAAA from a small drop-down menu in the pop-up that will show up, enter or paste the needed IPv6 address and save the change - it is as basic as that. The new record will be 100% functioning within a maximum of 1 hour and the hostname that you have created it for will start opening whatever content you have with the other provider. If required, you will also be able to change the TTL (Time To Live) value, which signifies the time in seconds the new record will be functioning after you eventually edit it to something different or you simply delete it.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Setting up a new AAAA record for a domain address or a subdomain hosted inside a semi-dedicated server from our company includes only a few really easy steps, which you'll be able to find inside the Help section of your Hepsia web hosting CP as well. You'll need to choose the hostname for which the new record is going to be created from a drop-down menu where you will find all your domain names and subdomains. Setting up the new AAAA record is as easy as choosing the one that you need and inputting the IPv6 address for it. This is accomplished with no more than a couple of clicks, so you can quickly forward any hostname to a different service provider by using an AAAA record and use it with whatever service they provide. It will take mere seconds for the new record to be active and just about an hour for it to propagate globally, so you'll be done in no time. The other company can also ask you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, that is different from the standard one - 3600 seconds. This feature reveals how long it will take for any new value which you set for your record to take effect as the old value is still active.