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avatar spychicken19mc
Level 25 : Expert Engineer


Hello, Today I'm going to tell you how to be, what most would consider, a good server owner. If you follow these correctly, It will help you on your quest. Lets begin.

Step 1: Friendliness -

I feel this is the most important topic due to not many people following this key step. You need to treat ALL players on your server as if they are better than you. When they start talking trash, Just ignore it, Don't put them down, no matter how much they put you down. BANNING is another part of this. If you give them warning after warning, and they still don't stop, They deserve to be banned because then they are disrespecting you and everyone else on the server. I think every other player would understand and thank you.

Step 2: Rules -

We all know the standard "Golden Rules" of Minecraft that exist on most servers(No griefing(unless factions/survival), No cursing,etc.), but PLEASE don't take it to far. Don't make a rule like "No logging out before reset" or some crap like that. People would just leave because they would feel the server owner is just plain retarted and nobody wants to think that...

Step 3: Choosing Your Staff -

We aslo know that many people from PlanetMinecraft are going to be like "Can I have Staff" and such like that. Please do NOT just go "Oh sure have some Staff and, here, take OP while your at it :)" <--Don't be 'that' guy... My suggestion to you would be to make a board at your spawn and allow people to enter a submission to attempt to be staff. If you like their entry, then you could wait until your trust them fully (Recommended) Now, lets talk about dealing with how much power your staff have and what the can and can not do. I would suggest not giving your staff permission to destroy or abuse powers. I would give the ban and kick but that's about it unless you want to add in some other fun or not-damaging commands. Now, you should lay down the rules for your staff. Don't let them kick or ban people for no obvious reasons. If they do you give them as many warnings as you feel are needed. If your staff disobey you and don't listen to you, just demote them, they don't seem trustworthy if they disobey you and they will probably try to screw up your server.

Tips On Managing And Hiring Staff: Server Staff By: groxlord27

Step 4: Your Spawn -

Your spawn is VERY important. Not only does it connect your server and make it seem organized, It is the very first thing people will see when they first join. Really like a first impression, You want to make it the best you possibly can, Make it different and unique so players can see your servers creativity. You never want to have a spawn that's just empty and hard to look at.

Step 4.5: Donations -

When you set up the donation system for your server, PLEASE don't give donors really stupid stuff, If you have to, please just download a plugin for donors to have access to. People like fun plugins, and this will help you get more donations because other people will want these features.

Step 5: Getting Your Server Prepared -

This, In my opinion takes the longest amount of time and is the most tedious part of running a server. You want to make sure that everything your players come into contacts with is PROTECTED(Unless meant to be griefable ie. Wild)! There are plenty of types of plugins like WorldGuard where you can simply select a region and guard it using WorldEdit. Also, You want to make sure your players have plenty of entertainment sources. Things like Survival Games, Spleef, MobArena, Factions will keep your players entertained and thus they continue to play.

Step 6: Releasing Your Server To The World -

There are plenty of sites like PlanetMinecraft, may not be as popular, but they help get the job done for advertising your server on 'Server Lists'. Since PlanetMinecraft is the most popular and that I am writing this on PlanetMinecraft, I will use it as an example. When you go to the Servers tab, you have the option to 'Post Your Server'. Doing this will add your server to the list of all the other servers on PlanetMinecraft. Every 24-Hours, you also have the option to 'Bump Submission'. This will put your server at the top of the recently updated list. More people will see it when you do this and It will probably get you a few players.

Step 7: NEVER GIVE UP!!! -

How do you think giant server networks like UberMinecraft and ShotBow got tons and tons of people? They never quit trying and kept working on their servers for what's best for their players. When you release your server, Don't be disheartened because people wont join after the first week. If you keep trying I promise people WILL go to your server. It takes time and patience.

Step 8: Diamonds (Optional) -

Please Diamond, Favorite, Subscribe, Comment :)
CreditSnow(The best server owner anyone could ask for...)

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Update #4 : 07/18/2013 1:05:47 pmJul 18th, 2013

Added Section About Donations

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  • devilkid99
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • July 18, 2013, 12:35 pm
Nice post! Whilst I'm not an owner to a server but co-owner I think that most of these apply to all staff.I Also completely agree with the "never give up" part of the blog because some parts of making a server can be really stressful at times.
  • Vzrohs
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Droid
  • June 28, 2013, 12:06 am
Nice work mate :)
Thank you, kind sir :)
  • AthRemade
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Artist
  • June 25, 2013, 9:40 am
Thank you for this.
  • AthRemade
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Artist
  • June 25, 2013, 9:42 am
Oh but just because it's bugging me, not meaning to be an asshole, but it should say How to be an Awesome Server Owner. (Articles and prepositions aren't supposed to be capitalized, and it should say an, as a is only used before words that start with a consonant.) Sorry for being a grammar Nazi and whatnot. :I
  • groxlord27
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Miner
  • July 2, 2013, 10:24 am
You must not be a true Grammar whatever-it-is, we prefer the term "Grammar Police"...

It sounds nicer.
  • AthRemade
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Artist
  • July 2, 2013, 9:17 pm
You must not understand; the term Grammar Nazi applies to those that are made legitimately uncomfortable by incorrect Grammar, similar to having a strain of Obsessive Compulsory Disorder, whereas Grammar Police typically refers to those who simply correct others for the benefit of others. Regardless, my grammar was punctual and precise, whereas your use of the ellipse was incorrect.
Its alright :P I was meaning to change it
Id like to thank the academy for my achievement of comment 23 :D
  • snow0770
  • Level 22
  • Expert Miner
  • June 24, 2013, 9:10 am
Good Job :D
  • groxlord27
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Miner
  • June 24, 2013, 8:14 am
Is there any real ways to handle staff? I've had to remove my server because the staff just decided to destroy everything...

EDIT: Read section three, perhaps you could make it more extensive, such as handling your staff?
We didn't just decide to, we did it because you were an annoying server owner.

And to your post saying that you prefer "grammar police"...

OH... MY... GOSH... My brain exploded because of how incredibly stupid that was. Ugh.
Thanks for you imput :D Im extending section 3 right now.
  • groxlord27
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Miner
  • June 24, 2013, 11:19 am
If I may make a blog completely on handling staff? I've figured out a few things, and I can give you credit for the inspiration to make a blog completely on it.

EDIT: Here's the blog, awesome if I say myself :D
Go ahead :D I don't mind.
  • BigAl512
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Nerd
  • June 24, 2013, 4:55 am
Get a wooden axe....
1 corner of server to the other all the way to bedrock.!
so if anyone wants to comment please do
I'm co-owner on a server and the owner is kinda well... a jerk and I will tell you why

1.He griefed my store after I said Stop and stop and stop he didn't then when he was done he used world edit and deleted my WHOLE STORE (besides the floor) and then he said I'm the owner bitch I can do whatever I want. I said "well you might be the owner but that doesn't give you the right to grief someone's place" then he said don't tell me what to do then I said "you're the owner you should at least be polite" he said to that in reply "idc (I don't care)" and he is kinda still being a jerk like that so how do I fix it without being mean or getting banned
This kind of happened to me too, except it wasn't the owner; it was an admin. That admin blew up a part of my house, but then he said he shouldn't blow up my house, he blew up my best friends house(His house was made of emerald and iron blocks that I gave to him). So the admin fixed my house but didn't fix my friends house :(
He needs the link to this, even though this might not help him...
Fuck his server up and leave the server forever ^-^
I would have to agree, tell the players of the server that the owner is a jerk then wait a week so every player knows and sees the (Sign broadcast or whatever you used to tell them) Then after everyone knows, Most will leave and then just destroy the server completely and leave a sign that says PAYBACK FUCKER!
  • groxlord27
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Miner
  • June 24, 2013, 1:24 pm
That seems rather rude. Would he not bend down to there level then and become worse then the owner?
The players would hate him.
  • groxlord27
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Miner
  • June 24, 2013, 8:19 am
Hey now, that would hurt the players, be cool man...
I guess... yeah that does seem kinda harsh now that I think of it. That would be taking it out on the players of the server too. Just try to prank the owner and make him really mad, Like delete a build that took him forever to make ^_^.
Hey I need kinda people's advice
Advice with?
cool! diamond 4 u!
  • Chismm
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • June 23, 2013, 8:16 pm
Step 3: Choosing your Staff -
  • Mememe41
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Network
  • June 23, 2013, 11:50 pm
For me its done. But Step 4: Your Spawn
Lol I guess he is not done yet
  • Chismm
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • June 23, 2013, 8:25 pm
Yeah, I know, I just thought it was funny.
ermergerd, this is so gurd.

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