Each device which is connected to the world wide web has a special identifier referred to as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes PCs, web servers, smartphones, switches, etcetera. The pool of IP addresses, that was introduced initially, is already distributed, hence the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are slowly getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain which opens a website comes with an IP record, that is the address of the server where it's hosted. When using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it is made up of four groups 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 sets of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this sort of records use digits from 0 to 9 and letters from A to F. An illustration of an AAAA record is 2010:0c48:43d3:2142:1012:8c3a:2475:2435 and this format works with a significantly greater number of IPs than the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Hosting
If you are using a service through a third-party company and you need to create an AAAA record to point a domain address or a subdomain to their system, you'll be able to do that with just a couple of mouse clicks in the Hepsia CP, provided with all our hosting packages. As soon as you sign in, you have to navigate to the DNS Records section where you will find all records for any domain or subdomain hosted within the account. Creating a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, selecting the type from a drop-down options menu, that will be AAAA in this case, and then inputting the value, or the actual IPv6 address, in a text box. As an added option you can edit the TTL value (Time To Live), that specifies how long the record will be live after you edit it or delete it in the future. The new AAAA record will be active in no more than 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 hosting server.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you have a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you need to create an AAAA record for a domain address you have hosted in it or a subdomain you have created, it will take you just a few mouse clicks inside the Hepsia CP to do that. Even though you may have never had a web hosting account before, you'll not experience any troubles as you will use a very simple and user-friendly interface. All the DNS records for your domain addresses are going to be listed in a section of the CP with the exact 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 create a new one by simply clicking on the corresponding button. A little pop-up shall appear, so with only a couple of mouse clicks you can pick the type of record that you need and for which domain name or subdomain it will be set up. Then, simply paste the IPv6 address in a text box, save the modification and one hour later the new AAAA record is going to be fully active. As an optional setting, you can pick the time this record is going to be active after you modify it or remove it in the future. That is the so-called TTL, or Time To Live value of the record, which you can modify from the default 3600 seconds if the other company requires it.