AAAA is a domain record, that is in essence the IPv6 address of the web server in which the domain name is hosted. The IPv6 system was introduced to replace the current IPv4 system where every single IP address consists of 4 groups of decimal numbers between 1 to 255 e.g. 5.168.208.143. In comparison, an IPv6 address features eight sets of four hexadecimal digits - from 0 to 9 and from A to F. The reason behind this change is the significantly smaller range of unique IPs which the existing system supports and the fast increase of products that are connected to the Internet. An example of an IPv6 address is 2101:1f34:32e2:2415:1365:4f2b:2553:1345. If you want to point a domain to a server which uses this kind of an address, you will need to set up an AAAA record for it, not the widely used A record, that is an IPv4 address. The two records deliver the exact same function, yet different notations are used, in order to distinguish the two types of addresses.
AAAA Records in Shared Hosting
If you want to set up a new AAAA record a domain or subdomain hosted in your shared hosting account, it will not take you more than several easy steps to do that. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel is extremely intuitive to use and is going to allow you to set up or change every record effortlessly. When you log in and visit the DNS Records section, where you can find all current records for your domains and subdomains, you'll only have to click the "New" button, pick out AAAA from a small drop-down menu inside the pop-up which will appear, input or paste the necessary IPv6 address and save the change - it is as basic as that. The new record will be 100% live within no more than an hour and the hostname that you have created it for shall start opening whatever content you have with the other company. If required, you'll also be able to modify the TTL (Time To Live) value, which indicates the time in seconds which the new record will be functioning after you eventually edit it to something different or you simply delete it.
AAAA Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Setting up a new AAAA record for a domain name or a subdomain hosted inside a semi-dedicated server from our company includes a few very easy steps, which you will be able to find inside the Help section of your Hepsia hosting Control Panel as well. You will have to select the hostname for which the new record will be created from a drop-down menu where you will find all your domain names and subdomains. Setting up the new AAAA record is as easy as selecting the one that you need and inputting the IPv6 address for it. This is done with no more than several clicks, so you can quickly point any hostname to a different service provider by using an AAAA record and use it with whatever service they provide. It's going to take mere seconds for the new record to be active and only around an hour for it to propagate world-wide, so you'll be done in no time. The other service provider could also request you to set some TTL value for the AAAA record, that is different from the default one - 3600 seconds. This feature shows how long it will take for any new value you set for your record to take effect while the old value is still active.