Every device that's connected to the Internet has a distinctive identifier named IP (Internet Protocol) address. This includes personal computers, web servers, smart phones, switches, and so on. The pool of IP addresses, which was introduced at first, is already distributed, hence the so-called IPv4 IP addresses are slowly being replaced with IPv6 addresses. Every domain which opens a website comes with an IP record, that is the address of the server where it is hosted. With the IPv4 system, the record is called A and it is comprised of four sets of numbers from 1 to 255 divided with a dot, while with the IPv6 system it's called AAAA and it is comprised of 8 sets of hexadecimal numbers i.e. this sort of records use digits from 0 to 9 and letters from A to F. An example of an AAAA record is 2010:0c48:43d3:2142:1012:8c3a:2475:2435 and this format works with a significantly larger amount of IPs than the IPv4 format.
AAAA Records in Shared Web Hosting
If you use a service through a third-party provider and you've got to create an AAAA record to forward a domain address or a subdomain to their system, you will be able to do that with only a few mouse clicks in the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our shared web hosting packages. Once you sign in, you need to navigate to the DNS Records section in which you are going to find all records for any domain address or subdomain hosted within the account. Creating a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, picking the type from a drop-down options menu, which will be AAAA in this case, and then inputting the value, or the actual IPv6 address, in a text box. As an added option you are able to edit the TTL value (Time To Live), that specifies how long the record is active after you modify it or delete it in the future. The new AAAA record is going to be functioning in no more than an hour and will propagate around the world two or three hours later, so the hostname for which you have created it will start directing to the new web server.