Each device that's connected to the web has a distinctive identifier referred to as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes computer systems, web servers, smartphones, switches, and so on. The pool of addresses, which was introduced at first, has been distributed, therefore the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are gradually getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain that opens a site has an IP record, that is the address of the server where it's hosted. Using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it consists of four sets of numbers from 1 to 255 divided with a dot, while with the IPv6 system it is called AAAA and it consists of eight sets of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this type 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 can handle a considerably bigger amount of IPs than the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Shared Web Hosting
If you'd like to set up a new AAAA record for any domain name or subdomain hosted inside your shared web hosting account, it will not take you more than a few easy steps to do that. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel is rather intuitive to use and it'll permit you to set up or edit any record effortlessly. As soon as you sign in and visit the DNS Records section, where you can find all current records for your domain addresses and subdomains, you'll simply have to click on the "New" button, pick AAAA from a small drop-down menu inside the pop-up that'll show up, enter or paste the necessary IPv6 address and save the change - it is as simple as that. The new record is going to be 100% live within a maximum of an hour and the hostname that you have created it for will start opening whatever content you have with the other provider. If needed, you are also going to be able to modify the TTL (Time To Live) value, which indicates the time in seconds that the new record will be active after you eventually edit it to something different or you simply erase it.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you have a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you ought to set up 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 clicks within the Hepsia Control Panel to do that. In case you have never had a website hosting account before, you will not experience any troubles as you will use a very simple and easy-to-use interface. All of the DNS records for your domain addresses will be listed in a section of the Control Panel with the exact same name, so once you go there, you will notice all records which have been created automatically or manually and you are going to be able to set up a new one by clicking on the corresponding button. A compact pop-up shall appear, so with only several clicks you can select the type of record you require and for which domain or subdomain it's going to be set up. After that, just paste the IPv6 address in a text box, save the change and one hour later the new AAAA record is going to be 100% functioning. As an optional setting, you can select the time this record will be active after you modify it or delete it in the future. That's the so-called TTL, or Time To Live value of the record, which you can change from the default 3600 seconds when the other provider requires it.