Every single device that's connected to the world wide web has a distinctive identifier named IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes computers, web servers, smartphones, switches, etc. The pool of addresses, that was introduced at first, has been distributed, hence the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are slowly getting replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain name which opens a website comes with an IP record, which is the address of the server where it is hosted. When using the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it comprises of 4 groups of numbers from 1 to 255 separated using a dot, while within the IPv6 system it is called AAAA and it comprises of eight groups of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this kind of records use numbers 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 supports a significantly larger amount of IPs compared with the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Cloud Hosting
If you are using a service through a third-party service provider and you have to set up an AAAA record to point a domain address or a subdomain to their system, you are going to be able to do that with only a few clicks in the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with our cloud hosting plans. As soon as you sign in, you will need to go to the DNS Records section in which you will find all the records for any domain name or subdomain hosted inside the account. Setting up a new record is as basic as clicking on a button, picking the type from a drop-down options menu, that is to be AAAA in this case, and then entering the value, or the actual IPv6 address, within a text box. As an additional option you could edit the TTL value (Time To Live), which determines how long the record will be functioning after you change it or delete it in the future. The new AAAA record will be live in just an hour and will propagate globally a couple of hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start pointing to the new hosting server.