Each device which is connected to the world wide web has a special identifier known as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes computers, web servers, smartphones, switches, and so on. The pool of IP addresses, which was introduced originally, has already been distributed, therefore the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are steadily getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain name that opens a site comes with an IP record, which is the address of the server where it is hosted. When using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it is comprised of 4 groups of numbers from 1 to 255 split up with a dot, while in the IPv6 system it's called AAAA and it is comprised of eight sets of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this kind 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 works with a considerably greater amount of IPs than the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Hosting
If you want to create a new AAAA record for any domain name or subdomain hosted in your hosting account, it is not going to take you more than a few basic steps to do that. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel is very intuitive to use and it will allow you to set up or edit any record with ease. After you sign in and go to the DNS Records section, in which you'll discover all current records for your domain addresses and subdomains, you'll just have to click on the "New" button, choose AAAA from a small drop-down options menu inside the pop-up that will show up, input or paste the required IPv6 address and save the change - it's as easy as that. The new record will be 100% active within only 1 hour and the hostname which you have created it for shall start opening whatever content you have with the other provider. If needed, you are also going to be able to edit the TTL (Time To Live) value, which reveals the time in seconds the new record will be active after you eventually change it to something different or you simply remove it.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you have a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you ought to create an AAAA record for a domain name you have hosted in it or a subdomain you've set up, it will take you just a few mouse clicks within the Hepsia Control Panel to achieve that. Even if you have never had a web hosting account before, you will not face any problems since you will use a very simple and intuitive interface. All the DNS records for your domains are going to be listed in a section of the Control Panel with the exact same name, so when you go there, you'll see all records which have been set up automatically or manually and you'll be able to set up a new one by simply clicking the corresponding button. A compact pop-up shall appear, so with several mouse clicks you can select the type of record you require and for which Internet domain or subdomain it'll be set up. Next, simply paste the IPv6 address in a text box, save the change and an hour later the new AAAA record is going to be fully active. As an optional setting, you can select the time this record shall be operating after you edit it or remove it in the future. That's the so-called TTL, or Time To Live value of the record, which you can change from the standard 3600 seconds in case the other company demands it.