How to change the domain for your Minecraft server

When it comes to enhancing your Minecraft server, personalizing it with a unique domain name can make your server more memorable. It also grants a professional touch that many players appreciate. This guide will walk you through how to link your domain to your Minecraft server using a CNAME record, transforming your generic server address into something truly unique.

Create a CNAME Record for Your Minecraft Server

A CNAME (Canonical Name) record is a type of DNS (Domain Name System) record that maps one domain name (an alias) to another (the canonical name). It’s the secret sauce in linking your unique domain to your Minecraft server. Here’s how to create one:

  1. Access your DNS settings: The first step involves logging into the platform where you manage your domain’s DNS settings. This could be your domain registrar (like GoDaddyNamecheap) or a DNS hosting provider.
  2. Navigate to DNS management: Once logged in, look for the DNS management section, often found under “Domain Settings” or “Manage DNS Records.”
  3. Add a CNAME record: Within the DNS management section, you’ll find an option to add a new record. Select ‘CNAME’ from the record type dropdown menu.
  4. Define your hostname: In the ‘hostname’ or ‘alias’ field, enter the subdomain you want to use for your Minecraft server. For instance, if you choose “play,” your record will look like this:
  5. Enter your Minecraft server domain: In the ‘target’ or ‘destination’ field, enter the domain name of your Minecraft server. This will be you Pockethost domain, looking like:
  6. Save your changes: Once you’ve filled in the necessary fields, save or apply the changes. Please note that DNS changes can take anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours to propagate across the DNS system.

Utilizing Your New Minecraft Server Domain

With your CNAME record in place, players can now connect to your Minecraft server using the subdomain you chose during the setup process. For instance, if “play” was your chosen subdomain, players could join your server using “” as the server address in their Minecraft client.

However, it’s important to remember that setting up a CNAME record isn’t the only requirement for a functioning Minecraft server. You must also ensure your server is correctly configured, accessible from the Internet, and if necessary, properly port-forwarded.

By following this guide, you’ll be well on your way to providing a unique and personalized gaming experience for your Minecraft community. Happy crafting!

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