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One of the most exciting parts about hosting a Minecraft Server is the ability to customize it past Vanilla Minecraft, and one of the best ways to do this is with plugins. Unlike mods, plugins do not need to be installed client-side and do not need any special software client-side to run. However, if you want to run plugins you will need to have your server as either Craftbukkit, Spigot, or Paper. Plugins can provide a multitude of extra commands to better manage the server and add in fun and useful mechanics, such as the ability to set who can access and build in certain areas, add prefixes and suffixes to names, create different ranks with access to different commands, add RPG elements, add virtual economies, and many more. There are thousands of plugins available on the Bukkit and Spigot repositories that you can choose from to spice up your server. It’s likely that if you have played on Minecraft Servers, you have had experience with some plugins. While plugins are great, they can sometimes be a bit difficult to use and install if you have not done so before. This is why we have a knowledgebase full of useful tutorials for a variety of popular plugins that will teach you how you can install the plugins, configure, and use them.

Chat Formatting with Essentials Chat – Blog

Chat Formatting with Essentials Chat

Chat formatting lets you control what the chat looks like when anyone speaks in-game. This is how you typically set group names and generally change the formatting to make players or groups stand out. Chat formatting in Paper is made up of two parts....
Citizens Plugin – Blog

Citizens Plugin

One of the best things about a Minecraft Server is being able to customize it past Vanilla Minecraft. Adding plugins is just the way to do it, and a great way to bring life to your server is with Citizens, a Minecraft plugin that enables the creation...
Coreprotect – Blog

Coreprotect

This plugin is best used when in the hands of server mods and server hosts, people who need to know when something happened and who did it, or even if something happened. We all have had that friend who says they got diamonds, but you’re never really s...
DragonSlayer Minecraft Plugin – Blog

DragonSlayer Minecraft Plugin

A large part of vanilla Minecraft is travelling to The End to face the Ender Dragon itself. While it can be exciting, the suspense and challenge will mostly fade after it is defeated. The dragon can be respawned, but it often stops there. This is where...
Grappling Hook Minecraft Plugin – Blog

Grappling Hook Minecraft Plugin

Vanilla Minecraft is all about exploring. Whether it’s exploring vast caves or trekking the great mountains; after a long time of this the desire for a fresh approach to travel heightens. This is especially true when dealing with large heights....
How to Add Plugins to a Proxy Server in Minecraft – Blog

How to Add Plugins to a Proxy Server in Minecraft

  Within Minecraft, plugins are often used to expand gameplay, while proxy servers link multiple servers together. It is possible to add plugins to the proxy server as well, which can further expand the gameplay elements across all servers. With...
How To Add Plugins To Your Minecraft Server – Blog

How To Add Plugins To Your Minecraft Server

With your Apex Minecraft server, you can quickly add plugins to a Craftbukkit server with just a few steps. What plugins for Minecraft you choose to add is entirely at your discretion; if you’re just starting out and not sure what plugins you should...
How to Enable Skins on a Minecraft Server – Blog

How to Enable Skins on a Minecraft Server

When playing on Minecraft servers, one of the most common ways for players to express themselves is with the use of skins. Skins are the perfect way to add customization to Minecraft characters. While these are great, when running an offline server, or...
How To Get World Edit in Minecraft – Blog

How To Get World Edit in Minecraft

Building in Minecraft is a relaxing experience, possibly even the most important part of the game, but as fun as it is, placing blocks one by one can easily become tedious. Large structures have hundreds, if not thousands of blocks in them, and putting...
How to Install and Use Grief Prevention – Blog

How to Install and Use Grief Prevention

When playing on a Minecraft server, there is always the chance of encountering troublesome players who enjoy griefing bases or looting. Griefing is often a cause for players departing from a server, due to their hard work being lost. Introducing Grief...
How to Install and Use LuckPerms in Minecraft – Blog

How to Install and Use LuckPerms in Minecraft

As an owner of a Minecraft server, one of the key variables you need to pay attention to are ranks. Many server owners wonder how they can make someone an admin on a Minecraft server. A ranking system allows you to create a hierarchy, differentiate the...
How To Install And Use PermissionsEx Plugin – Blog

How To Install And Use PermissionsEx Plugin

  On a variety of servers, you may notice that each player is given a set of ranks, whether they are static, or you gain new ones. These ranks can be configured with custom permissions, allowing a difference between staff members or normal players....
How To Install And Use ShopGUIPlus Plugin – Blog

How To Install And Use ShopGUIPlus Plugin

ShopGUI+ is a premium Bukkit plugin that allows you to add a custom shop to your Minecraft server that can be accessed via the /shop command. This plugin is the basis for your server’s economy. It allows you to set up GUI based shops that players can bu...
How to Install and Use the ActionAnnouncer Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the ActionAnnouncer Plugin

When hosting a Minecraft server, providing information to players is important for gameplay and the server’s health. Much of this information is provided through various announcements, whether it is a reminder to vote or listing how many active players a...
How to Install and Use the ChestShop Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the ChestShop Plugin

Survival Minecraft players, whether they are builders, miners, or redstone engineers, will all eventually run into the same problem. Sooner or later you will run out of resources for your build or suddenly need an item you haven’t found yet. Chest shops m...
How to Install and Use the ClearLagg Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the ClearLagg Plugin

One of the biggest concerns for server owners is lag. Lag can be caused for a variety of reasons, whether it’s from what you build, collect and mine on your server or the hardware your server runs on. However if you host with Apex hardware shouldn’t be ...
How to Install and Use the CommandNPC Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the CommandNPC Plugin

Non-Player Characters are a very useful tool available for your Minecraft server. Creating npcs makes the server look very well-polished, and they can be used to perform functions such as teleporting players and opening custom shops. Citizens2 is the...
How to Install and Use the Jobs Reborn Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the Jobs Reborn Plugin

When running a Minecraft server, having a successful economy is often vital to promote player trading and effort. While shops can be configured to sell blocks and items, this can often become repetitive and does not promote a variety of gameplay styles....
How To Install and Use the Minecraft Essentials Plugin – Blog

How To Install and Use the Minecraft Essentials Plugin

Hosting your Minecraft server can be lots of fun, but the default version of the game doesn’t allow for much control. If you want to set homes, have teleportation, kits, sign commands, and more, then you can do that through plugins. However, there are t...
How To Install And Use the Minecraft Vault Plugin – Blog

How To Install And Use the Minecraft Vault Plugin

Vault is used on nearly every server for storing various data as well as allowing plugins to hook into one another. There is little to no configuration to be done here as Vault is mostly an install and forget type of plugin that allows your server to...
How to Install and Use the Shopkeepers Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the Shopkeepers Plugin

Creating a shop on a server comes with a lot of difficulties. If you don’t have some kind of security system, you are left hoping that someone doesn’t come along and steal all of the items in your shop. If you choose to use redstone, an angry creeper can...
How to Install and Use the Silk Spawners Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the Silk Spawners Plugin

Building some kind of mob farm is a common goal for Survival Minecraft, but it isn’t always easy. If you don’t have access to the creative menu you may have to go spelunking for a dungeon or use glitchy game mechanics to force mobs to spawn. Both of ...
How to Install and Use the Simple Elevators Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the Simple Elevators Plugin

When playing on a server, you may occasionally notice that some include elevators. Oftentimes, these are built into the spawn-hub and are used to access separate parts of the structure. For example, a multi-floor shop may feature elevators for quick access....
How to Install and Use the SkinsRestorer Plugin – Blog

How to Install and Use the SkinsRestorer Plugin

One of the perks of owning a Minecraft server is the option to enable offline mode. This lets people with unofficial copies of Minecraft join the server, but you lose access to whitelists and player skins in the process. The standard Steve skin is a classic,...
How To Install And Use TitleManager Plugin – Blog

How To Install And Use TitleManager Plugin

Your Minecraft server can appear dull in-game because of the lack of personalization and customizable features, which leads owners to find plugins for that. For instance, using the TAB to view the connected players does not have any headers or footers...
How To Install And Use WorldGuard Plugin in Minecraft – Blog

How To Install And Use WorldGuard Plugin in Minecraft

One of the most important parts of hosting a Minecraft server is protecting your server from griefers. Nothing is worse than spending hours of hard work on a build just for someone to come along and destroy it. One of the best ways to protect your server...
How to Install the Holographic Displays Plugin – Blog

How to Install the Holographic Displays Plugin

As a Minecraft server owner, relaying information to players is a crucial part of the experience. In vanilla Minecraft you are mostly limited to books or signs in order to give information to others. This changes with the use of Holographic Displays,...
How to Load a Schematic in WorldEdit – Blog

How to Load a Schematic in WorldEdit

Creating the perfect build in Minecraft can be a long process but a totally worthwhile one. Whether you are making a small house or a massive kingdom you will most likely want to save it to add to another world or share with others. This is where WorldEdit...
How to Set Up and Use the Dynmap Minecraft Plugin – Blog

How to Set Up and Use the Dynmap Minecraft Plugin

One of the great ways to customize your Minecraft server is with plugins. With thousands of plugins, your server has endless possibilities from creating Factions to having an online map of your server. Dynmap is an awesome way to expand your server outside...
How to Setup and Use Proximity Voice Chat in Minecraft – Blog

How to Setup and Use Proximity Voice Chat in Minecraft

Simple Voice Chat is a proximity chat mod and plugin that allows you to chat with other nearby players without having to join a discord server or voice channel. This mod gives an extra level of immersion to the game and is a must have for any server....
How To Setup BungeeCord on Multicraft – Blog

How To Setup BungeeCord on Multicraft

You may have seen servers with a variety of game modes, minigames, and worlds. Being able to bring a diverse gameplay to your users is a dream of many server owners. Sadly, this can’t be done with a single server. However, with Bungeecord you can create a...
How to Setup BuycraftX – Blog

How to Setup BuycraftX

One of the key factors to running any server is funding. Without proper funding, the server has no way to afford the upkeep expenses such as hosting. That’s why monetizing your server is essential, especially for larger communities with a good amount...
How to Start a OneBlock Server with the Minecraft OneBlock Plugin – Blog

How to Start a OneBlock Server with the Minecraft OneBlock Plugin

While Minecraft is a game of what seems to be infinite possibilities, after a while the gameplay may become bland and repetitive. You can only beat the Ender Dragon and skip through the credits so many times before they start to lose their charm. Luckily,...
How to Use and Install the Plugman Minecraft Plugin – Blog

How to Use and Install the Plugman Minecraft Plugin

Plugins are an excellent way to add new functions and features to your server. When experimenting with plugins, restarting the server frequently can make the process a bit tedious. It would be much easier if there was a way to manage plugins without having...
How To Use The Multiverse Core Plugin for Minecraft – Blog

How To Use The Multiverse Core Plugin for Minecraft

When playing vanilla Minecraft, spending plenty of time within your world is a crucial part of the gameplay experience. After playing through your world for a prolonged amount of time, you may wish to expand your efforts without directly giving up or...
Java And Bedrock Crossplay Server Hosting with GeyserMC – Blog

Java And Bedrock Crossplay Server Hosting with GeyserMC

  One of the main struggles you may have come across with Minecraft is the inability to cross-play with your friends from a different version of the game. By default the Bedrock and Java versions of the game are not able to play together. Unfortunately...
LuckPerms Chat Formatter – Blog

LuckPerms Chat Formatter

While you chat in your Minecraft server, you will notice that the text is plain and features no colors or symbols. This is problematic when using LuckPerms to display ranks or prefixes, as they will not appear in-game by default. Luckily, the LuckPerms...
Minecraft CommandNPC Plugin – Blog

Minecraft CommandNPC Plugin

One of the most common seen features in Minecraft Servers is the character models that allow you to either open shops, teleport to worlds/gamemodes, or give you general server information. This is done through the CommandNPC plugin. CommandNPC is what...
Minecraft EssentialsX AntiBuild – Blog

Minecraft EssentialsX AntiBuild

Protecting your Minecraft server from griefers or random players is an important element to ensure your world’s progression. No one would want to build for hours on end to only have it blown up by a troublesome user in-game. The EssentialsX AntiBuild p...
Minecraft EssentialsX Chat Plugin – Blog

Minecraft EssentialsX Chat Plugin

The default chat format from Minecraft is simple with no colors, which can make it less appealing to your players. You might even want to change the symbols for containing the player’s username to match your design. Luckily, EssentialsX Chat allows y...
Minecraft EssentialsX Protect – Blog

Minecraft EssentialsX Protect

Building is a major aspect of Minecraft, allowing players to create structures for survival or unleash their creativity. Oftentimes, troublesome users will attempt to ruin this fun by placing lava, using TNT, and more. Protecting against these threats...
Minecraft ViaVersion Plugin – Blog

Minecraft ViaVersion Plugin

When owning a Minecraft Server, the wide range of versions available can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you can easily adjust the version to fit whichever mods or plugins you need, but players may become frustrated when they need to constantly...
MyCommand Plugin – Blog

MyCommand Plugin

Minecraft server owners may be interested in adding plugins to implement new commands and features. In some cases, the desired outcome from those plugins aren’t what you want, thereby leading you to customize new commands from scratch. The good news i...
NametagEdit Plugin – Blog

NametagEdit Plugin

In the world of Minecraft server hosting, ranks and cosmetics are often a desire for most players. When using a permissions plugin like LuckPerms, a player’s rank can appear in the chat, but server owners may wish to take an additional step forward. I...
NoCheatPlus Plugin – Blog

NoCheatPlus Plugin

The absolute worst thing that can happen to a server owner is their server being plagued with hackers. Horrible beings who install cheats onto their game locally, and are able to use them on servers, whether it be to get an unfair advantage, or just screw...
NuVotifier & Rewards Plugin – Blog

NuVotifier & Rewards Plugin

Playing on servers is a staple part of the Minecraft gameplay experience. Many of these servers include plugins that add an in-game economy, cosmetics, and much more. Oftentimes, some of these features will be available by logging into the server at least...
PlaceholderAPI – Blog

PlaceholderAPI

Building a server can be difficult, especially when you want to customize plugins and the in-game chat. Placeholders are an amazing feature that many plugins use to help with editing formats or settings in their respective files. A placeholder is a tool...
Rankup Plugin – Blog

Rankup Plugin

Many Minecraft Paper or Bukkit-related servers have a rank system, whether that’s LuckPerms or another permission management plugin. However, most rank plugins don’t allow for players to rank themselves up by paying for it with in-game money. Luckily, the...
Remove Plugin and Change Version – Blog

Remove Plugin and Change Version

Once you’ve installed a plugin using the Bukget feature you can easily update or remove the plugin from within the same section the respective plugins information is listed. When you install a plugin using Bukget you will notice a sudden change in the o...
The Best Plugins for Your Minecraft Server – Blog

The Best Plugins for Your Minecraft Server

Plugins are the perfect way to customize a Minecraft server. The plugins ultimately build the theme of the server as they can be used for minigames, gametypes such as survival, server management, and much more. With over 40,000 plugins currently available...