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Creating a Minecraft Server [The Best Way]

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Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
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I'm sure many of you have wanted to make a Minecraft server, but you just don't know where to start.




So I'm here to walk you through a lot of the steps of creating asuccessfulserver.






Step 1: Finding a Host -




One of the first steps of creating a good Minecraft server is finding an efficient host, one that won't burn a hole in your wallet. I'm going torecommend Beastnode, https://www.beastnode.com/portal/aff.php?aff=639 , that is my affiliate link I wouldappreciateif you'd use it.





Why Beastnode? -




Every server comes with a dedicated ip, 25565, so players can just simply type your ip. If you don't want to use the numbers at signup you have the option to create (yourserver).beastnode.net, which players can use to sign in. Each server has 1Gb/s uplink, a 5GB SSD (Upgradable). They support every mod in the book with their multicraft panel. If they don't support it you can add it in manually! Support is quick and responsive, and they'll even help you with fixing a plugin if you're not so good at configuration yet.




Every server runs on an Intel Xeon Processor, and has unlimited player slots, although they do suggest amounts for different packages.




Once again, my affiliate link -




Beastnode





Beastnode is great for bigger servers also because they have such great response time on DDoS attacks. Most server hosts would null route your server ip upon a DDoS attack, for anywhere up to 24 hours! That is a ridiculous amount of time for downtime, but Beastnode doesn't allow that to happen. Your server will only stay offline as long as the DDoS attack happens, that is if they cannot stop the attack. 9/10 they will stop the attack, unless it's some kid using a botnet.





Step 2: Choosing your gametype -




This is where we have to think about which mod we're going to use, so head over to your hosts control panel. If you've decided to use Beastnode it is www.mc.beastnode.com. Now if your host uses multicraft there should be a drop down menu that starts off at "Default". This is the case with beastnode, and there are around 14 different options for you. Choose the mod that best suites the way you want to run your server. Most servers that run like Factions, McMMo are bukkit servers. So choose Craftbukkit, and then press the save button at that bottom of the page.





Step 3: Changing the server MOTD/Map Seed/Ect. -




Click on the drop down menu named "Files" on the left sidebar of your multicraft panel. Then click on the first one, "Config Files". Once that has loaded go into "Server Settings" (Always the first on the list). Now you can edit anything about the server you want.





Step 4: Installing mods -




This is where you'll need some type of FTP client, you can use Filezilla, which I'd recommend. Tutorials for this are visible online head over and have yourself a look.




But with Multicraft they do offer a simple way of doing it under the "Files" menu they have a "BukGet Plugins". That will allow you to simply 1 click install the plugins onto your server. Though one of the most essential plugins, essentials, is not available for picking there.





Step 5: Configuring the mods -




On this you can go back into the "Config Files" where all of the configurations for the plugins will have loaded if you restart your server. There you can edit any of them, if you have trouble don't hesitate to comment or browse the FAQ for Beastnode as they answer about everything there. You don't even need to be a customer with them to browse it so you're in luck.





Step 6: Creating a spawn -




You don't want a ridiculously stupid or giant spawn that people aren't going to be able to find their way around. For instance have you ever joined one of those servers with some giant city for a spawn? It takes about an hour to figure out what all the buildings are and it's easily forgotten! Create a spawn that is easy to the eye, don't use annoying childish blocks. For instance don't build a spawn they is completely made of Diamond and Gold blocks, it will look stupid.




If you're not a good builder search the schematics on PMC you may be able to find one people will allow you to use as long as you leave credit!





Step 7: Getting the players -




PMC is a great way to get started with getting some new players, though most will ask for op or try to confuse you. So be careful, don't op or give a staff position to anyone who freshly joins your server. Go to google, type "Minecraft Server Lists", sign your server up for every single one of them. It takes a long time, but you'll see the players eventually start to poor in. If you're good at making youtube videos make one for your server or advise others to make youtube videos for you.





What not to do: NEVER advertise on someones server, 3/10 they will be able to DDoS attack and it isn't a good way for you to keep a player basis. So I can't stress enough, do not advertise on other servers you'll learn how annoying it is when you've become more popular.




(Most servers use AntiAd, you'll get nowhere and be hit offline)





DDoS attacks are illegal, but you're not going to be able to sue people for doing it as you don't know who they are! So don't use the excuse "You can't do it I'll sue you!"...





Step 8: Keeping your players -




No one wants to play on a server when the owner is never online, so be active! If there are hackers you have to ban them, it doesn't matter what percentage of the players they make up. Be understanding when they're complaining and take suggestions. Do not use vulgar language, players will not think of you as a reliable owner.





Step 9: Preventing lag -




Players will not play on a server with lag, and this shouldn't be a problem if you configure your plugins correctly and have enough RAM. If you're using Beastnode you can send in a ticket asking why your server is lagging and they may help you narrow it down to a specific plugin. Lets go over the easiest way to find any plugin that could be causing a problem. Simply open your servers Log, and search for [Severe] errors. When you see one look for a plugin name, if you can't find a plugin name copy the first line of it and paste it into google, someone more then likely had the same problem. Remove or tweak the plugin that is causing any [Severe] errors.





Now redstone contraptions can cause lag also, so while you're in the game type "/Stoplag" which will stop all redstone & kill all the mobs on the map. You must have WorldGuard to use this command. After you've done that do "/Stoplag -c" to enable mobs & redstone again. Be sure your players are not using anything such as Sand Generators.





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Step 10: Keeping control -




Your players are going to try and take control, the important thing is not to be afraid to ban anyone. Don't ban them for anything that doesn't make sense, but if they do something worthy of a ban you need to hold them to it. If you make them pay for an unban they will not be happy that they are now wasting money to be unbanned and chances are they smarten up. If you let your players talk you into unbanning them even after they hack or something it just tells them you'll let them do it again...





Step 11: Chat colors -




Who wants to join a server and see a chat spammed with a nasty rainbow of colors or a dreadful black chat? Nobody, so you need toproperlyconfigure your ranks to something soothing for the eye to look at, generally this could include any of the &a,&c,&b,&e,&d, &7, &3,&9. Those colors aren't dark and they're somewhat general to find on servers used for chat. Now choose what color your players are going to chat, go into your Essentials config and edit your chat format near the bottom of the page. Right after {DisplayName} add in what comes after the name so currently it may be a >. After that add the color you want your players to speak with. So it will look something like this, '{DisplayName}&0>&6 {Message}'.





Step 12: Moderating chat -




You may want to find the proper staff to moderate staff, players should not be using profanity... It shows no control over the server, and you also want to block caps spam. At the same time adding one of those annoying plugins to stop these are even worse to add. Just have someone there to remind the players it's not okay...

Step 13: Knowing your Bounderies

You can't go out of your way to make your server appeal to everyone, not everyone is going to enjoy the server. Only a select amount of people will enjoy it, but envy those select amount of people because they'll be more dedicated than the ones that just complain and ask for more...





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Step 14: Creating Cash Flow

How are you going to run a server without an income? Think about it, do you really want to pay for a server out of your own pocket when there are players willing to pay for it for you? Now you'll have to think if you want to make a giant amount of cash flow to potentially advertise your server with money and grow even bigger. You could also make just enough to squeeze by, it doesn't really matter. However making a server entirely for money is not the way to go. If you have no interest in what the players want, and how it's supposed to go your server will go NO WHERE!

Step 15: Creating Ranks

Now that you've decided how you want your server, lets get to making ranks.
Generally speaking I would use the following plugins to first configure a server, they're easy to learn and if you can't figure it out I have some old tutorials for them on my youtube channel...
https://www.youtube.com/user/Flappykillmore
- PermissionsEx
- Essentials (You'll have to download the unnofficial 1.8 version from Spigot)

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07/11/2015 2:53 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Engineer
slayerslay81
I think this blog is misleading because this is a tutorial on how to buy a server, not make your own.
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07/12/2015 11:18 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
To make a succesful server you'll need to host unfortunately. If you want you can start one on your computer, just download Spigot.jar and put it in a folder on your desktop. You'll need to port forward which is pretty easy, just look it up online.
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02/12/2014 8:55 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Architect
Teen Wolf
It is confusing but does it cost a lot of money? ive always wanted to create a safe nice server.
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02/14/2014 7:28 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
It's actually about $10.00 to host a server that could hold about 24 people with Beastnode. Just go double check the prices! Click here
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02/14/2014 10:39 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Architect
Teen Wolf
Thanks ill defindently consider beastnode and the prices are fine, I might just give you an IP when I get my server :P
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02/12/2014 7:42 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Dragon
ShadowDestroyer5
I've seen a lot of these blogs, but this one is actually good!
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12/28/2013 5:50 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Warrior
PlanetRainbowKitty
Wow. That was confusing.
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09/03/2013 2:45 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
Joralite
What?
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09/01/2013 3:05 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
xxxBrennanxxx
how do you edit the world though explain it a bit
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09/01/2013 1:37 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Button Pusher
Nixel
So if I understand right, there's no entirely free way of hosting a server? That's too bad, I really wanted one for my friends to play on. I already had everything planned, all the steps from this list EXCEPT for step one... I even made a world to use as server world!
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09/01/2013 2:56 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Cake
slider_black
you can rent a server from gratisserver.nu for 2 hours at a time, and its completely free, the only problem being you have to kind of get a new one every two hours :) but it's good for playing with friends :)
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08/14/2013 9:22 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
zombienuker9
i wouldent use beatnode it has Horibble prices i would recomend pytohost for now its the only other host ik that wont take your money then cease to excist
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09/01/2013 2:03 pm
Level 21 : Expert Architect
Redportal
First of, pytohost is to be fair is a noobish host. To start with it only has 13 servers hosts 50 mc servers from each server, meaning they crash often useally around every 24 hours plus its to proven then there antiddos is rubbish. I know of one person who hosted with them get ddosed twice and they said they where going to terminate his server xD. Worst support ever.
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09/16/2013 6:05 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
zombienuker9
Well obviously i now know you are person who is lazy or you hate reading either way start reading before talking
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12/27/2013 4:32 pm
Level 22 : Expert Spelunker
northmeister99
Generally, the more expensive a host is, the better quality they are. I've been using Beastnode for over a year and their support is excellent, however, despite having cheaper prices, I've seen a lot of bad reviews on Pytohost. Just read Slaps' comment below - agree 100% with it.
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08/16/2013 6:52 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
Beastnode has been around longer than Pytohost, and Pytohost is awful at DDoS protection. Even their 10Gb/s DDoS protected servers can't handle a 1Gb/s DDoS attack... They're service is completely awful too, Beastnode will help with plugins, and they also did reduce their pricing by about 20%... You get what you pay for, the Beastnode servers are also much better quality.
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08/16/2013 8:36 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
zombienuker9
I Found Another hosting site earlier today one of my friends has used this site for 2 years 6 ppl tried to ddos him but they failed or at least that's what he said its called minecrafted.net its cheap! pyto host is still good if you want to have a à trusted site, beastnode is just to expensive!
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08/17/2013 7:29 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
They reduced their pricing, and I've been ddosed more then 6 times... If your friend really has run a server for 2 years now then he would have surely gotten ddosed more then 6 times... Beastnode is just straight up the way to go, you get what you pay for, and in this case you're paying for a 24/7 server with 24/7 amazing support.
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08/17/2013 8:18 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
zombienuker9
Ok Well Here Is The Facts I Did A Long Research I Went Over It 13 Times So Here Is What I Got

Prices per Gig
BeastNode: 1G 10$,2G 22$,3G 35$,4G 50$

Minecrafted: 1G 4$,2G 8$,3G 12$,4G 16$

Multicraft true or false
BeastNode:true

Minecrafted:true

24/7 Support
BeastNode:kinda,5 Min Delay

Minecrafted:Yes

Recomendments
(Ps This Is Just A Group Of 8 ppl i asked)
Beastnode:4

Minecrafted:4

Years Standing(How Long Its Been Here)
Beastnode:2 years

Minecrafted:1 Year and 11 months
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07/22/2013 5:18 pm
Level 11 : Journeyman Explorer
edlee0220
This is good thx
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07/16/2013 9:52 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Architect
Draconian_Tornado643
I disagree with your steps...
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07/17/2013 1:49 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
The steps may not be in order, but either way all of them have to be done...
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07/14/2013 10:43 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
lightlink12
whats
DDoS?
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08/14/2013 5:04 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
RyanM
DDoSsing is when someone tries to fry your router and spam you thousands of emails.
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08/14/2013 7:01 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
lightlink12
which is one of the dangers of Port Forwarding isent it?
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09/02/2013 3:24 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
RyanM
Right. LOL XD
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07/16/2013 9:51 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Architect
Draconian_Tornado643
Read this [Link]
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07/16/2013 1:43 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
lightlink12
ohhhhh...okay thanks
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06/19/2013 12:21 pm
Level 29 : Expert Spider Rider
Afed18
I had a great pvp server. Just my issue was finding a developer who I could rely on. Any tip on that?
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06/19/2013 12:57 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
Developer as in plugin developer, administrator to help develop your server or what?
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06/19/2013 5:31 pm
Level 29 : Expert Spider Rider
Afed18
An overall developer. For perms and plugins
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06/20/2013 12:42 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
Well the best way to find someone is to browse forums such as the one on PMC. Chances are you will not find anyone that can code Javascript, but mostly everyone can find plugins and configure them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H34r2gtVRNY&feature=c4-overview&playnext=1&list=TLoLTw6NxMqEI This is a video I made like a year ago on making perms for your PermisisonsEx
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06/20/2013 2:25 pm
Level 29 : Expert Spider Rider
Afed18
Wow thanks dude. Big help. Diamond for you. Btw I am getting into blogging, could you check out my blog. Give me some feedback. All is welcome. Please diamond if ya think I deserve it. www.planetminecraft.com/blog/pvp-tips-1710983/
Please the feedback with help me improve. I want to be able to help people with my blogs like this one helped me.
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06/19/2013 12:12 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Engineer
GalacticViking
I am having problems forwarding my port
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06/19/2013 1:00 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
You shouldn't be hosting from your home anyway, unless you know how to handle a DDoS attack and your internet is ultra fast. Chances are if you can't forward your port you're not going to stop a DDoS attack. But either way type your gateway ip address into your url bar. Generally this is like 192.168.1.1, then login with your default username and password. Some routers are just Username: admin Password: admin . Then go to the applications & gaming section "If it has one as mine does..." Then open both UDP and TCP ports for 25565, it's not that hard once you're on the correct page. There are plenty of youtube videos that can help you explain this a lot better then simply text.
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08/17/2013 8:30 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
zombienuker9
in 1.7 there resolving the ddos problem with the biome update so soon you will be able to use a server on your own computer! but still i suggest useing a host its a better idea
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06/18/2013 10:39 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc369662
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06/18/2013 3:23 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Slaps
Good for you :).
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06/19/2013 7:30 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc369662
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06/18/2013 10:06 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Architect
tomtheebomb
Nice
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