The digital landscape of online gaming is ever-evolving, and a paramount concern within this realm is player experience. Whether you're an experienced developer or a beginner, providing players with a seamless connection to your server is crucial. The integration of a memorable domain name over a generic IP address not only brings a touch of professionalism but also simplifies the connection process for players. Today, we'll guide you through linking your domain to your server for an effortless gaming connection. Let's make the technicalities uncomplicated and the player experience smoother.
Simply, a web domain serves as the address for internet users to access your website. Rather than grappling with a string of numbers (an IP address), a domain offers a convenient and memorable alternative, like "17movement.net".
To put it succinctly, a domain is the online counterpart of a street address; "myserver.com" is undoubtedly more user-friendly than a sequence of numbers and dots.
To utilize a domain over an IP address, first, procure it from providers such as Namecheap, Google Domains, Name.com, or Cloudflare. Cloudflare is especially commendable due to its integrated security, DNS management, and content delivery. However, the choice remains yours. Most platforms have a similar configuration process, ensuring ease of transition if you switch providers. For those considering Cloudflare's suite of benefits, migrating is as simple as updating the DNS servers.
Assuming you've chosen and purchased your domain, note that domain registration might take a few minutes to hours. Once done, navigate to your domain configuration. On Cloudflare, it's under the Websites tab. From here, select your domain.
Navigate to the DNS tab (or similar names like DNS Records or DNS Zone on other platforms).
Before configuring, clear any existing records if your sole purpose is setting up for a FiveM server. Delete records by selecting Edit next to each entry and pressing the red Delete button.
The pivotal record type for this task is the A type, which points to where the server is located. Add a record by clicking the Add record button and fill out the following details:
Next step is add record with SRV type. It should corresponds to the “A” record. So again click Add record button and fill form like bellow:
After saving, please note that DNS updates might take some time depending on the provider. With Cloudflare, it's almost instantaneous, but with others, it might vary.
To access your FiveM server, type connect myserver.com or connect fivem.myserver.com (for subdomains) in the F8 Console.