Each device which is connected to the world wide web has a unique identifier referred to as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes PCs, web servers, smartphones, switches, etcetera. The pool of IP addresses, that was introduced originally, is already distributed, therefore the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are gradually being replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain which 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 consists of 4 sets of numbers from 1 to 255 divided using a dot, while in the IPv6 system it is called AAAA and it consists 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 example of an AAAA record is 2010:0c48:43d3:2142:1012:8c3a:2475:2435 and this format is designed for a significantly bigger amount of IPs compared with the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Shared Hosting
If you use a service with a third-party company and you have to set up an AAAA record to point a domain name or a subdomain to their system, you will be able to do that with just a few clicks in the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our shared hosting plans. After you log in, you have to navigate to 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 easy as clicking on a button, picking the type from a drop-down menu, which will be AAAA in this case, and then inputting the value, or the actual IPv6 address, inside a text box. As an extra option you are able to change the TTL value (Time To Live), which outlines how long the record is active after you modify it or erase it in the future. The new AAAA record is going to be functioning in no more than an hour and will propagate globally two or three 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
Creating a new AAAA record for a domain address or a subdomain hosted within a semi-dedicated server from our company features a few really easy steps, which you will be able to find within the Help section of your Hepsia website hosting CP as well. You will have to choose the hostname for which the new record is going to be created from a drop-down menu in which you will find your domain names and subdomains. Creating the new AAAA record is as simple as selecting the one that you need and inputting the IPv6 address for it. This is done with no more than a few clicks, so you can very easily direct any hostname to a different company by using an AAAA record and use it with whatever service they provide. It takes just a few seconds for the new record to be live and just about an hour for it to propagate world-wide, so you will be done in no time. The other service provider may also ask you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, that's different from the default one - 3600 seconds. This feature determines how long it will take for any new value that you set for your record to take effect as the old value is still active.