AAAA is a domain name record, that's essentially the IPv6 address of the server where the domain is hosted. The IPv6 system was designed to replace the existing IPv4 system where every Internet protocol address is comprised of 4 groups of decimal numbers between 1 to 255 e.g. 5.168.208.143. However, an IPv6 address includes eight groups of four hexadecimal numbers - ranging from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The reason behind this transformation is the significantly smaller amount of unique IPs the existing system supports and the quick increase of units that are connected to the world wide web. A good example of an IPv6 address is 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you want to point a domain name to a server which uses such an address, you need to set up an AAAA record for it, not the commonly used A record, that is an IPv4 address. Both records provide the same exact function, but different notations are used, in order to distinguish the two forms of addresses.

AAAA Records in Web Hosting

If you use a service with a third-party provider and you need to set up an AAAA record to point a domain or a subdomain to their system, you'll be able to do that with a few mouse clicks within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with our web hosting packages. As soon as you log in, you have to visit the DNS Records section where you will find all the records for every domain name or subdomain hosted inside the account. Creating a new record is as basic as clicking on a button, picking out the type from a drop-down menu, that will be AAAA in this case, and then typing the value, or the actual IPv6 address, within a text box. As an added option you could change the TTL value (Time To Live), that outlines how long the record is going to be functioning after you edit it or remove it in the future. The new AAAA record will be working in just an hour and will propagate around the world an hour or two later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start redirecting to the new server.

AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Setting up a new AAAA record is quite easy with our user-friendly Hepsia hosting Control Panel, so if you host a domain name inside a semi-dedicated server account from our company and you need such a record either for it or for a subdomain that you've created under it, you are going to be able to create it within a few simple steps and with no hassle. Hepsia features a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain names in which you can find all existing records or create new ones with a couple of clicks. All it takes to achieve that is to choose the domain/subdomain you need to edit, choose AAAA for the type from a drop-down menu and input the actual record i.e. the IPv6 address that the other provider has given you. Within an hour after you save the modification, the newly created record will propagate world-wide and your Internet domain will start directing to the third-party hosting server. If they demand it, you could also edit the TTL value, which shows the time this record will be operating with its existing value before a new one takes over if you make any changes in the future.