Learn exactly what an AAAA record is, exactly when it’s used and whether you should set up one for your domain name.
Every single device which is connected to the web has a distinctive identifier known as IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes computer systems, web servers, smartphones, switches, and so on. The pool of addresses, which was introduced initially, has already been distributed, hence the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are steadily being replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain that opens an internet site comes with an IP record, that is the address of the server where it is hosted. When using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it comprises of four groups of numbers from 1 to 255 split up by a dot, while with the IPv6 system it is called AAAA and it is comprised of 8 sets 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'd like to use a domain name or a subdomain you have in a web hosting
account on our end for any third-party service and you have to set up an AAAA record for that, it will not take you more than only a few mouse clicks to do this via our powerful, albeit easy-to-use Hepsia Control Panel. When you go to the DNS Records section and then click the Create a New Record button, a small pop-up will appear. This is the area in which you can set up any DNS record, so you only have to select the needed domain address or subdomain and the type of record through drop-down menus and type in the IPv6 address, that is the actual record. In case you have no experience with such matters, you'll not have any troubles as Hepsia is extremely intuitive and your new AAAA record is going to propagate within the hour, to enable you to start using your domain/subdomain with the other company. In case they require it, you'll also be able to change the Time To Live (TTL) value for the record, outlining how long it is going to remain active in the global DNS system after you edit it or erase it.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Setting up a new AAAA record for a domain or a subdomain hosted inside a semi-dedicated server
from our company involves only a couple of very simple steps, which you'll be able to find in the Help section of your Hepsia website hosting CP as well. You will need to pick the hostname for which the new record is going to be created from a drop-down menu in which you will find all your domains and subdomains. Creating the new AAAA record is as easy as selecting the one that you need and entering the IPv6 address for it. This is achieved with no more than a few clicks, so you can quickly direct any hostname to a different company by using an AAAA record and use it with whatever service they supply. It takes mere seconds for the new record to be live and just about an hour for it to propagate globally, so you'll be done in no time. The other service provider could also ask you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, that is different from the default one - 3600 seconds. This feature outlines how long it will take for any new value you set for your record to take effect while the old value is still active.