Each device that's connected to the Internet has a specific identifier referred to as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes personal computers, web servers, smart phones, switches, and so on. The pool of IPs, which was introduced originally, is already distributed, so the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are steadily getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain name that opens an internet site comes with an IP record, which is the address of the server where it's hosted. Using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it is comprised of four groups of numbers from 1 to 255 split up with a dot, while with the IPv6 system it is called AAAA and it is made up of eight groups of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this kind of records use numbers 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 amount of IPs when compared with the IPv4 format.

AAAA Records in Web Hosting

If you are using a service through a third-party company and you've got 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 a few clicks through the Hepsia CP, included with all our web hosting packages. After you log in, you will need to go to the DNS Records section in which you will find all of the records for any domain address or subdomain hosted in the account. Setting up a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, selecting the type from a drop-down menu, which will be AAAA in this case, and then inputting the value, or the actual IPv6 address, within a text box. As an additional option you could change the TTL value (Time To Live), which specifies how long the record is live after you change it or delete it in the future. The new AAAA record will be functioning in no more than an hour and will propagate worldwide an hour or two later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start directing to the new web server.