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How-To Join A Minecraft Server

Worlds vs. Servers

Here’s just a few key tips & terms that are worth knowing before you join a public server. Usually, a single public Minecraft server has several worlds that you can jump between. For example, there is often a main survival world, another creative-mode world, and possibly a third world for mini-games. Usually there’s a central hub or lobby, with warp points that’ll let you teleport between the different worlds

PvP and PvE

 PvP stands for “Player vs. Player” / PvE stands for “Player vs. Environment”
Most public servers — especially family-friendly ones — are PvE; that is, you battle monsters, not players. However, some servers have special PvP arenas where you can fight other players. (Typically, if you die in a PvP arena, you don’t lose all your stuff, as you would in a regular survival world. It’s just for fun.)


 Usually your player will spawn (start) at a set point in the world, usually referred to simply as “spawn”. Typically this is in, or near, a central town or city, or in some sort of lobby area. You can usually type the command /spawn to return to your spawn point.


 Nearly all servers have rules as to what you can and cannot do, and — as you’d imagine — family-friendly servers tend to have a big list of strict rules. Make sure you read all the rules thoroughly. (When you first join some servers, they actually force you to walk past lots of signs with the rules on!) If you don’t follow the rules, you can be banned temporarily or even permanently from the server.

Griefing and grief protection

 A big potential problem on public servers is griefing; that is, demolishing other players’ buildings or stealing their stuff. Many — but not all — servers use various plugins to stop griefing. Typically these plugins let you lock your chests, doors and furnaces, and you can also claim a patch of land as your own — this means that nobody else can create or break blocks within your claim. In addition, griefing is always forbidden in the server rules; griefers are warned and then banned, and most server admins can “roll back” your building to the state it was in before it was griefed.

Text Chat

 Minecraft has built-in text chat (the ‘T’ key), which is the default way that your kid will communicate with other players. Chat can be public or private (that is, one-to-one). Obviously your kid will need some reading ability to participate in chat, although you can help them if you’re playing online too. Most family-friendly servers employ automatic filtering to prevent swearing in text chat. As with all online chat, make sure you remind your kid never to give out personal details when chatting.

Voice Chat

 Some servers link up with voice chat servers such as Mumble, TeamSpeak or Ventrilo to enable players to speak with each other while playing. If you allow your kid to use voice chat then obviously you want to be careful about who they’re talking to, and what they’re talking about!

Server commands

 To get the most out of online playing, you’ll need to give various commands to the server as you play. You give a command by pressing the / (slash) key, followed by the command name and, sometimes, some extra text. For example, /sethome typically sets your home point to where you’re currently standing, while /home teleports you to your home point. The commands vary from server to server, but you’ll soon get the hang of them.

Using Mods

 If you’ve added mods to your Minecraft client, be careful when connecting to servers, since most servers ban at least some mods — particularly those that let you cheat, of course. Usually, mods such asOptiFine — which simply makes your game run more smoothly — are OK.


joining a minecraft server 101

Joining a public Minecraft server is very easy. Just open the Minecraft launcher and click Play to run the main Minecraft game. Once you reach the main title screen, you click the Multiplayer button, then click the Add Server button to add the server.
Now type a name for the server in the Server Name box, then type the server address in the Server Address box. Typically this will be a domain name, such as, or an IP address, such as Then click Done to add the server to your server list:
To add a server, click Add Server and enter the server details. You can then connect to the server with the Join Server button.
Then it’s simply a matter of clicking a server in the list, and clicking the Join Server button to connect to it.
Now let’s look at a couple of issues that may come up when joining a server.