AAAA is a domain name record, which is essentially the IPv6 address of the web server where the domain name is hosted. The IPv6 system was introduced to replace the current IPv4 system where every Internet protocol address is made up of four sets of decimal digits ranging from 1 to 255 e.g. In comparison, an IPv6 address has 8 groups of 4 hexadecimal digits - which range from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The reason behind this change is the significantly smaller selection of unique IPs the current system supports and the speedy increase of devices that are connected to the Internet. An example of an IPv6 address would be 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you wish to point a domain name to a server which uses this kind of an address, you need to create an AAAA record for it, and not the widely used A record, which is an IPv4 address. The 2 records have the exact same function, but different notations are used, in order to separate the two forms of addresses.
AAAA Records in Cloud Hosting
If you use a service through a third-party provider and you have to set up an AAAA record to point a domain name or a subdomain to their system, you are going to be able to do that with a few mouse clicks through the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of our cloud hosting solutions. As soon as you sign in, you need to visit the DNS Records section in which you will find all of the records for any domain or subdomain hosted within the account. Creating a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, choosing the type from a drop-down options 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 could change the TTL value (Time To Live), that outlines how long the record is active after you edit it or erase it in the future. The new AAAA record will be active in only an hour and will propagate globally 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 Hosting
Setting up a new AAAA record is incredibly easy with our user-friendly Hepsia hosting CP, so if you host a domain in a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you need such a record either for it or for a subdomain that you have set up under it, you are going to be able to create it in just a few very simple steps and without any hassle. Hepsia features a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain addresses in which you can find all current records or create new ones with a few clicks. All it takes to do this is to select the domain/subdomain that you'd like to edit, pick AAAA for the type from a drop-down menu and type the actual record i.e. the IPv6 address that the other provider has given you. Within an hour after you save the change, the new record is going to propagate worldwide and your domain will start pointing to the third-party hosting server. If they need it, you can also modify the TTL value, which indicates the time this record is going to be operating with its present value before a new one takes over if you make any adjustments in the future.