How do I add a domain to my Minecraft server for free?

How do I add a domain to my Minecraft server for free?
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To add a custom domain to your Minecraft server using a server host, you'll need to follow these steps:

  1. Purchase a domain name: The first step is to purchase a domain name from a domain registrar. Some popular domain registrars include Namecheap, GoDaddy, and Google Domains. When choosing a domain name, try to pick something that's easy to remember and relevant to your Minecraft server.
  2. Set up DNS records: Once you've purchased your domain name, you'll need to set up DNS records to point your domain name to your server's IP address. DNS (Domain Name System) is the system that translates domain names into IP addresses, so that when you enter a domain name in your web browser or Minecraft client, it knows where to go.

To set up DNS records, you'll need to log into your domain registrar's website and look for a DNS management section. In this section, you'll create an "A" record that points your domain name to your Minecraft server's IP address. Here's how to do it:

  • Create a new "A" record.
  • Enter your domain name in the "Name" field.
  • Enter your server's IP address in the "Value" field.
  • Save the record.

Note that it may take some time for your DNS changes to propagate across the internet, so be patient. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

  1. Configure your server: Once you've set up your DNS records, you'll need to configure your Minecraft server to use the new domain name. The exact steps for doing this will depend on your server host, but most hosts will have a control panel or dashboard where you can manage your server's settings.

Look for an option to change your server's IP address or domain name. You'll want to enter your custom domain name in this field. If your host has a Minecraft-specific control panel, it may have a dedicated option for setting the server's IP or domain name.

  1. Wait for DNS propagation: Once you've configured your server and set up your DNS records, you'll need to wait for DNS propagation to complete. This can take several hours, and sometimes up to 24-48 hours. During this time, some users may be able to connect to your server using the new domain name, while others may still be directed to the old IP address. Be patient and wait for the changes to take effect.

And that's it! With these steps, you should be able to add a custom domain name to your Minecraft server using a server host. Just remember that some hosts may charge a fee for using a custom domain name, so be sure to check with your host before purchasing a domain name.