How to make a good Minecraft server!
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
Written by Middlecraft (In-game name: Minecraftisan)
This one should be pretty obvious from the start. Plugins make your server unique, and are part of why someone would choose your server over someone else's. Unless of course you are making a server that is unique in being a no-plugin survival server or something similar.
Your server should have a friendly community. Why would someone want to log in and have a silent server or be ignored, or even worse be criticized and insulted? Community friendliness makes a good first impression. Personally I like my fair share of "Welcome!" messages from players when I log on to a new server, so I can gauge the community. This rule isn't negated for admins, either. Friendly admins are essential to a good server. Maybe you believe that just building epic stuff on the server will seal the deal, but the whole point of multiplayer is to have experiences with others.
This preference may differ from person to person, but I like my servers to have a specific theme. I wouldn't like a server that's a Survival Games Creative Survival Skyblock Hardcore PvP Casual server. There is just too much stuff to keep track of, and I personally hate it when I don't know what I'm supposed to do on a server that I just logged on to. Also, being multi-themed means that the admins have so much more to manage, and less resources to improve each one individually. Plus, it'll segregate the playerbase.
On my own server I do have a short tutorial segment of the game for new players, but you could finish it in less than a minute. I dislike when I have to read hundreds of signs in a massive room on my first time logging in to a server. I know that many larger servers do this, and it's usually why I don't play on them for more than an hour or so. A good tutorial length is from 1 to 2 minutes. There was a large server I visited in which the tutorial took almost half an hour, and when I finished it there was no clear indication of where I was supposed to go or what I was supposed to do.
This one is pretty broad. Where your cities are, how you travel, how your plugins affect gameplay, how your permissions work... It's all part of server structure. If you have bad server structure, you won't get anywhere. Don't make shops with sell price higher than buy prices and have a bunch of players taking advantage of that. Don't make your towns hours apart with no portal or fast way of traveling to each one in turn. This issue took me quite a while to tackle. For me, it took lots of time invested and a few new plugins. Even now my server isn't perfect (and it never will be, because no server is), but I can strive to get as close as possible.
The spawn point is an important factor in the reception of your server. It's usually the first impression players get on the server, and a shabby spawn is a great way to lose players right off the bat. Unless you're doing a server that has a reason for making the spawn smaller (like mine), make it grand and spacious.
An important thing to do is to make your server progression fun for players. What does that mean? Well, I doubt that your players would enjoy a server with a bunch of awesome creations where they just have to do the classical survival outtake and make their own living in the wild. I mean, the big buildings are cool, but make your progression toward "end-game" fun. Have twists, add a storyline, use a cool game-defying plugin... These are all ways to stand out from the crowd.
In my opinion, every server should have PvP unless your server is meant specifically for building. Even hardcore economy servers could have economy rewards for PvP, and it's a fun way to interact with others...essentially PvP is a huge part of why multiplayer is so fun. However, there are limits that you should have to PvP. The Factions plugin allows factions to create protected borders, so that PvP is basically disabled there (unless you want to run onto enemy territory and get your butt kicked). On my server, every city has disabled PvP. However, to encourage Factions raiding (because Factions is infamous for being a "safe area" plugin in which a faction has an area where they are basically invulnerable), I have implemented the ability to open doors and chests on the territory of other factions. This would be exploited to the highest level, though, so I have also added Lockette to be able to lock certain chests to deny outsider access.
A Few Tips
I can hardly cover everything there is about good servers in a blog post, but here are a few tips to make your server better, although they are not necessary.
- Get some "end-game" content for the players who have worked hard. Nothing is worse than a bunch of time invested in a server and then getting nothing to do again.
- Get a permissions plugin as something for progressing players to strive for, and even players with the best armor and weapons and houses. It's a reward only admins can give, so use the tool wisely.
- I personally will never require something on my server unless it could make the server less enjoyable for others. Requirements are silly when they don't add a lot of enjoyment.
- Promote your server. Post it on Planet Minecraft and bump the submission. Also, get the players on your server to vote for your server daily and to diamond it, and favorite it. This will earn you lots of the popularity you might need to get more people playing with your community.
- Get a custom hostname. I personally don't have this, but I've always admired the servers that do. It makes your server seem more professional, and if players don't save your IP, they may be able to remember a custom hostname over a dozen random numbers.
- Make a website! And if you want to be serious about the server, invest some money into this. This goes hand in hand with the previous tip and professionalism.
And that's about it! I hope you found this guide helpful to you, and that your server prospers. Again, this is all opinionated. I think that much of this will help your server become more popular, but it's not a fact. So don't sue me if this doesn't work (lol). I will update this blog as I think of new aspects of a good server.
If you would like to check out a small server in development, please check out the page for my server (Middlecraft). Thank you for reading this, and I would love to hear your feedback. Please diamond if you found this helpful or simply entertaining!
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