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jonathanb987
Level 20 : Expert Architect
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Bump your server submission every day! I have seen most players join my server when I bump the submission around 7:00pm-9:00pm. You may also post when there are a high amount of players on your server at that moment. That indicates that many Minecraft players are playing Minecraft (If you know what I am saying). If you sometimes have 15 people on at once but only three or four are online when you are thinking about posting, do not post! Post when you have a decent amount of players on the server at that time! Trust me this helps a lot.



Server stability:

This is an important oneo ¦ Make sure your server can handle a large amount of players joining at once. I sometimes have about four or five people join in a couple of seconds. You must make sure that server will not crash! If it does, you must find out your peak of players and set that as your max players.



Server lag:

I know this is a huge problem. I just recently found out how to get rid of lag. You need to increase your RAM. If you have 4 GB of RAM (3.75 usable), then go into your server start batch. Instead of what it usually is, put -Xms1548M. Remember this is only for 4 GB of RAM (3.75 usable)! If you have more or less RAM, comment below, and I will reply telling you the amount to allocate. Also, avoid running many programs at once. This will improve a lot lag that other people may get, as well as you. Restart your server every day to clear up lag.



Server activities:

This is an important issue. If you plan to make a server, do not make it simply one activity. Survival servers are great, but when that is all you can do, that will not get many players to join. For example, my server started as simple creative Plotme. I have started to include many other activities (Survival, Creative, Skyblock, Capture the flag, Spleef, Parkour, Hunger games, and zombie survival). Make sure these server activities were installed correctly and will actually make people have an interest in playing them.



Server advertisement:

This is another big one. I would recommend making a moving GIF banner in GIMP or Photoshop. There are tutorials online for more information on how to do so. Make your banner stand out from other banners. Do not be the server with no banner! No one will join except griefers and hackers because it will be easy to target. Post in several areas on the web like the Minecraft Forums. Definitely post here on Planet Minecraft because it seems to work the best. Tell many people about your server. You should ask people to review your server or you can review it yourself. In your Planet Minecraft post, you should have the rules. You should have a video and several pictures. I would recommend not talking like a noob (Example: join this server now 4 free diamonds everyone get 4 gold on join).



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ME1312
Level 3
Apprentice Engineer
March 2, 2013, 1:25 pm

thanks ill get started on the spawn

ME1312
Level 3
Apprentice Engineer
March 2, 2013, 1:18 pm

sorry Someone Thaght You were advrtizing Ill clear it up

qualmanquad
Level 2
Apprentice Miner
February 26, 2013, 3:19 pm

Thanks...what about the ram?

Pieofpower2
Level 1
New Miner
January 23, 2013, 3:54 pm

I like it :D

Slendemic2
Level 1
New Miner
January 23, 2013, 1:28 pm

Thanks for the post. My computer has 8 GB of usable RAM, and a 6-core 4.2GHz processor. I have my max players set to 60 and it handles 30 people just fine with 4 GB of RAM allocated.

Anyhow, I do these suggestions currently and can't seem to really get players. My server is a faction PVP server.

jonathanb987
Level 20
Expert Architect
January 23, 2013, 1:50 pm

Do any players complain of lag?
If so, PM me your plugin list so I may be available to identify the cause.

Slendemic2
Level 1
New Miner
January 24, 2013, 11:42 am

No, it's lag free on a 32 Mbps up/down premium bandwidth network.

jonathanb987
Level 20
Expert Architect
January 24, 2013, 11:48 am

What features do you offer?

Slendemic2
Level 1
New Miner
January 25, 2013, 3:34 am

Not too much. Can't find anything safe yet fun for a faction pvp server. Any suggestions?

jonathanb987
Level 20
Expert Architect
January 25, 2013, 10:56 am

Also, one thing that I did not add. This attracted a lot of players when I added this to the server. All users have fly mode in the spawn world. And no fall damage.

jonathanb987
Level 20
Expert Architect
January 25, 2013, 10:55 am

I had the same problem before. I only had creative. I didn't know what to add. Make your server more than Factions. Add tons more as I explained above! It will reward you greatly! If you still have problems, or need help setting up plugins, pm me here.

Slendemic2
Level 1
New Miner
January 25, 2013, 1:18 pm

I just don't know what to add. :(

jonathanb987
Level 20
Expert Architect
January 25, 2013, 3:11 pm

Get everything you can! Get vote. Get spleef. Get creative. Get survival with no PvP. Get Fly mode for users. Get hunger games. Get Mob disguise. Stuff like that.

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