AAAA is a domain record, which is basically the IPv6 address of the web server where the domain is hosted. The IPv6 system was introduced to replace the existing IPv4 system where every single Internet protocol address consists of 4 groups of decimal digits between 1 to 255 e.g. In comparison, an IPv6 address features 8 groups of four hexadecimal digits - which range from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The reason for this change is the tremendously smaller number of unique IPs the current system supports as well as the quick increase of products that are connected to the Internet. An illustration of an IPv6 address is 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you want to direct a domain to a machine which uses such an address, you will need to set up an AAAA record for it, not the widespread A record, that is an IPv4 address. The 2 records provide the very same function, but different notations are used, in order to identify the two forms of addresses.

AAAA Records in Web Hosting

If you use a service through a third-party company and you have to set up an AAAA record to forward a domain address or a subdomain to their system, you'll be able to do that with just a couple of mouse clicks within the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our web hosting packages. Once you sign in, you will need to visit the DNS Records section in which you are going to find all the records for any domain name or subdomain hosted in the account. Creating a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, selecting the type from a drop-down menu, which will be AAAA in this case, and then entering the value, or the actual IPv6 address, inside a text box. As an added option you are able to change the TTL value (Time To Live), which specifies how long the record is live after you modify it or remove it in the future. The new AAAA record will be active in no more than an hour and will propagate worldwide an hour or two later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start pointing to the new server.