AAAA is a domain name record, which is basically the IPv6 address of the server where the domain is hosted. The IPv6 system was designed to replace the existing IPv4 system where each IP comprises of 4 sets of decimal numbers which range from 1 to 255 e.g. In contrast, an IPv6 address has eight groups of four hexadecimal digits - ranging from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The reason behind this change is the tremendously smaller selection of unique IPs the existing system supports and also the fast increase of units that are connected to the Internet. A good example of an IPv6 address is 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you wish to direct a domain to a machine that uses such an address, you need to create an AAAA record for it, not the commonly used A record, that is an IPv4 address. The two records deliver the same exact function, yet different notations are used, to distinguish the two types of addresses.
AAAA Records in Hosting
If you need to create a new AAAA record for any domain or subdomain hosted within your hosting account, it will not take you more than a few basic steps to do that. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel is quite intuitive to use and it'll allow you to create or modify every record with ease. Once you log in and navigate to the DNS Records section, where you'll discover all existing records for your domain addresses and subdomains, you will only have to click the "New" button, choose AAAA from a small drop-down options menu inside the pop-up that'll show up, enter or paste the needed IPv6 address and save the modification - it's as easy as that. The new record will be fully active within only 1 hour and the hostname you have created it for is going to start opening whatever content you have with the other provider. If necessary, you are also going to be able to modify the TTL (Time To Live) value, which shows the time in seconds the new record will be live after you eventually modify it to something different or you simply remove it.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
When you've got 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'll take you just a few clicks in the Hepsia CP to achieve that. Even though you may have never had a website hosting account before, you will not face any problems as you will use a very simple and easy-to-use interface. All DNS records for your domain names are going to be listed in a section of the Control Panel with the exact same name, so when you go there, you will see all records which have been set up automatically or manually and you're going to be able to create a new one by simply clicking the corresponding button. A little pop-up shall appear, so with just several clicks you can choose the type of record that you need and for which domain or subdomain it will be set up. Afterwards, simply paste the IPv6 address within a text box, save the change and one hour later the new AAAA record will be completely active. As an optional setting, you can pick the length of time this record shall be working 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 default 3600 seconds in case the other service provider requires it.