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Shared IP vs Dedicated IP vs Sub-domain

Last modified on Aug 4, 2021 in general

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Understanding The Server Address Types

Since Minecraft servers are not publicly listed on the client, you will need to know the Server Address of your server in order to connect to it. There are 4 types of server addresses you can use when connecting to your Minecraft server. While some of these’s types may not apply to every server, you can use what you learn here to distinguish the difference and decide on which you want to use when setting up your server.


1. Shared IP Address (

First off we have one of the most common types of server address associated with a hosted server, a Shared IP. All Minecraft servers issued by Apex Minecraft Hosting are given an IP address as well as a service port number to uniquely identify it among the other servers hosted on the same node. In the end, you will need to use a combination of the IP and Port in order to connect your server. This can then be used at any time to connect to your server directly. Below is an example of what your input may look like.

Shared IP Example


2. Dedicated IP Address (

Alternatively, you can opt to connect to your server using a Dedicated IP. Unlike a Shared IP Address, a dedicated IP is unique to your server and allows you to connect to your server without having to enter in a port number. You can also use a dedicated IP to point a domain you own and then use that to connect to your server. Apex Hosting offers dedicated IPs for select servers at a base rate of $4/mo in addition to your server plan. Below is an example of what your input may look like.

Dedicated IP Example


3. Domain (yourdomain.com)

If your server is using a Dedicated IP, you can then use it to point to a domain you own. Domains are server addresses that are not only easier to remember but quicker to enter in when connecting to a server. Typical domains are formatted like apexminecraft.com or google.com. You can purchase a domain from a DNS provider like GoDaddy or Google and then use their service to create an A record to point the domain to the Dedicated IP assigned to your server. You can find a guide on doing this here. Please note this option has very little to do with the services offer by Apex Hosting; support for this option is limited only to what we can directly assist you with. Below is an example of what your input may look like.

Domain Example


4. Sub-domain (play.yourdomain.com)

Similar to a Domain, a subdomain can be used to connect to your server using a URL address that is easier to remember and quicker to enter than an IP address. Unlike a Domain, you do not need a Dedicated IP in order to make use of a Sub-domain, but will still need to own a Domain. You can setup a sub-domain by creating an SRV record with your domain provider. If you prefer not to purchase and manage your own domain, Apex Hosting offers free sub-domains in the following format; yourchoice.apexmc.co. You can create an Apex sub-domain here.

Domain Example


Setting up a Domain or Sub-domain to point to your server is not an instant process. Depending on the TTL (Time To Live), it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to propagate if setup correctly.

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