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Advice to New Server Owners

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greekdragonkdl's Avatar greekdragonkdl
Level 11 : Journeyman Dragon
I've been on many servers throughout my history of playing Minecraft. I've seen some really good servers, but I've seen plenty of bad ones too. Please note that this article is not a plugin tutorial, it is assumed that the server owner's reading this already know how to manage their server somewhat decently that they don't need basic help. I'll
just list these tips in a set of rules (no particular order).

Rule #1 - If you don't know what you're doing and are constantly asking for help with plugins and setting up your server, and configuring basic permissions, then DO NOT make your server public. I've seen a fair amount of server owners who list their new server on a server list, and they haven't even set up super basic permissions, sometimes
the server is unplayable. Read some tutorials first, watch some videos, be sure to have everything ready and polished
when you first publish your server; you want to make a good first impression on the Minecraft community.

#2 - If you want to detect and fix grief easily, I recommend using HawkEye (or LogBlock). Servers who say "No griefing", but don't have one of these kind of plugins are not going to survive well.
Link to the HawkEye jar file: http://dev.bukkit.org/server-mods/hawkeye/files/17-hawk-eye-v1-0-7b/

#3 - Regarding staff promotions and donations, take it slow. In my opinion, never promote any player to a staff rank on the pure basis that they donated a sum of real life money. It's fine if donators get some special perks, but nothing overpowered (like creative, or flying in a pvp server). I've seen a server before which only promoted if you donated (don't be like that server). Waiting to promote players to staff is better because you get to see who is loyal, how they act, and if they really deserve to be staff. Also, don't give op or staff positions to players just because they ask for it, they must earn it.

#4 - Make the spawn look good. First impressions are very important for most people. The nicer your spawn looks, the better. Also make ruleboards and help boards right where you spawn (don't make them hard to find).

#5 - Be professional. If you and the rest of your staff come off to new players as immature or rude, they will not want to stay. Swearing is allowed on my own server, but I like my staff to keep it to a minimum, and I don't tolerate blatant disrespect towards other players, particularly staff. Be nice and helpful to new players, and never be rude or disrespectful towards them.

#6 - Never advertise your server on someone else's server. Usually it will just make your server look desperate, and players from the server you just advertised on might be tempted to go grief your server or spam or whatever. If you want more players on your server, post it on some Minecraft server lists, post in some forums and on YouTube. Nobody should really have to advertise on other servers to get some players, it isn't too hard unless your server is just awful.

#7 - Have decent, attractive ranks. This isn't too important for some people, but for me it's an important (but minor) part of a server. Ranks I don't like to see on a server are things like "<greekdragonkdl>" with the basic colors and
the "<" still there. I highly advise getting rid of "<" in your ranks, in my opinion it just looks ugly.

I could probably add more (and will when I update this later), but these are all I could pull from the top of my head at the moment.

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02/05/2013 12:22 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Toast
Patriotsummit's Avatar
Nice to finally find someone like me.
11/20/2012 12:52 am
Level 1 : New Miner
americanpiekitty2's Avatar
Good advice, I'll take these to heart if I ever start my own server
11/20/2012 12:43 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Dragon
greekdragonkdl's Avatar
If you have any other good tips, leave them in a comment below or pm me and I will add them if I think they are good enough.