AAAA is a domain name record, which is in essence the IPv6 address of the server in which the domain is hosted. The IPv6 system was intended to replace the existing IPv4 system in which every single IP address consists of 4 sets of decimal digits which range from 1 to 255 e.g. 5.168.208.143. In comparison, an IPv6 address features 8 sets of four hexadecimal digits - which range from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The cause of this modification is the significantly smaller range of unique IPs the current system supports and also the quick increase of devices that are connected to the world wide web. An example of an IPv6 address would be 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you wish to direct a domain address to a server which uses this type of an address, you need to create an AAAA record for it, and not the widely used A record, which is an IPv4 address. The 2 records provide the same exact function, but different notations are used, to separate the two types of addresses.

AAAA Records in Cloud Hosting

If you use a service through a third-party service provider and you've got to set up an AAAA record to forward a domain name or a subdomain to their system, you're going to be able to do that with just a few mouse clicks through the Hepsia Control Panel, included with our cloud hosting solutions. Once you sign in, you will need to navigate to the DNS Records section where you will find all of the records for any domain or subdomain hosted within the account. Setting up a new record is as simple as clicking on a button, picking out the type from a drop-down options menu, that is to be AAAA in this case, and then inserting the value, or the actual IPv6 address, within a text box. As an extra option you are able to edit the TTL value (Time To Live), that determines how long the record will be functioning after you modify it or erase it in the future. The new AAAA record is going to be operating in only an hour and will propagate worldwide a few hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start forwarding to the new web server.