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When getting ready to join a Minecraft server, one of the first things players notice is the little description text on the server. This description is called the MOTD (Message of the Day) and this text normally provides a bit of information related to the server, i.g. Survival Hunger Games, Minigames Server, Down for Maintenance, etc. The MOTD can include colored/styled text and really adds some character to your server. Nearly all successful servers have a well set MOTD. By default, you may see the text as “New Minecraft Server”. This can very easily be changed on your server through the Apex Panel and we will be walking you through each step how.
The MOTD does not have to be made using mctools, we just recommend using this as it helps set the proper color codes/text styles.
Spigot, Vanilla, Forge, and other regular server types
MOTD still showing “New Minecraft Server”
If the MOTD is still showing the default value, it’s likely that either the server was not restarted or the value set in the server settings was not saved. It could also be that you are running a network such as Bungeecord which if that’s the case you will need to set the MOTD from the config.yml instead of the server settings.
Colors are not working
Make sure to not use the & symbol for color-coding unless you are running Bungeecord. We highly recommend using the mctools website to make sure that the color codes are properly set.