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How to create a unique Minecraft server: Introduction

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avatar lukejnorris
Level 4 : Apprentice Miner
Ever since i joined Minecraft back in alpha, I've always enjoyed the multiplayer aspect behind the game. Playing on servers with my mates after school was a regular thing. The servers were well run and we all had a great time. Recently with the increase in members, more and more minecraft servers have been showing up. Sadly, most of these servers are poorly run, and/or managed by power hungry kids who just want to boss everyone around.

So using my experience of developing and managing successful servers since Minecraft alpha, i'm writing this guide on how to create better, higher quality servers that stands out from the rest. Together we can create better servers for the entire Minecraft community.

Part 1 -Introduction/Getting Started/Coming up with a name
Part 2 -Installing Spigot/Installing plugins.
Part 3 -Building a spawn.
Part 4 -Creating a site for your server.
Part 5 -Managing Players
Part 6 -Choosing reliable staff
Part 7 -Finding a host/Releasing the server.

Getting Started
For beginners, creating a server can seem like a daunting task. You have to build a spawn, manage plugins, manage players and much more.

So how do i get started?
The first step to creating a server is to decide what type of server you want it to be. Will it be factions, pvp, survival, vanilla, rpg ect. My tip is to go with something unique. Try to steer clear of factions as there are many factions servers already available (and they're all the same and get boring).

Then what?
Once you decide on a style of server, you need to decide what server software you are going to use. There are 3 main server software available for Minecraft.


Bukkit is the most popular Minecraft server software. With hundreds of plugins to choose from. Bukkit is widely used on all types of servers ranging from pvp to rpg and everything in between.

Spigot is a more optimized version of Bukkit. It reduces lag and includes tons of performance improvements.Definitely the right choice for larger servers.

Originally based off hmod (anyone else remember hmod?) is a somewhat limited server software. Plugins are limited and updates take a long time to be released.

Personally, I'd go with spigot. It runs most/if not all bukkit plugins, and it's faster and more efficient. I'll go more in depth on how to install/run a server in a later tutorial.

Choosing a name

This, although seeming trivial, could be the most important decision in your entire project. It could also be one of the most difficult. A good name is an indication of a good server. You want to find something unique, not something like "creeper craft" or "skeleton pvp".

My tip is to stay away from Minecraft related words completely. They are overused and often seem cheesy.

Once you choose a name, you'll want to check if the domain is free. A domain is the web address you will use for your website and minecraft address. E.g. www.planetminecraft.com and mc.planetminecraft.com.

To check that your domain is free, head to http://www.namecheap.com/ or another domain registrar, and search for the domain you want. If it's not taken, great! If it is, you may want to think about another name for your server. A domain can take your server to that next level.

Creating a quality server is a lot of work. If you read through this article and thought "damn that's heaps of work", you may want to stick to playing on other peoples servers. You need to be super dedicated. It's not simple and will take some time to work everything out and get everything to run perfectly. If you don't plan everything out, you will just end up wasting your money on server costs.

I understand this article didn't cover much and was a little broad. I will go more into each aspect of server development and management further in later articles.

If this article helped you in anyway, or if you'd like me to continue the series, feel free to give it a diamond, a like, or even consider subscribing to my posts? Also, if you feel as though i should change/add anything leave a comment. Goodbye, and happy server development! :)

Note: This is part one of a series i will be writing. This is not the whole guide. If anything is missing it will be covered in later tutorials. Thanks!

10/21/2013 9:14 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Archer
There is a good bit of information missing here. Creating a quality Minecraft server requires a lot more than a theme, software, and a name.
10/22/2013 7:18 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Miner
Yea, i understand. This is only part one of a whole series i'll be writing. I was planning on covering other important topics in later tutorials. See the summary. If you feel as though i need to add anything else to my summary. Just leave a comment or send me a message.
10/21/2013 10:24 am
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Great blog. Will you publish a tutorial on how to create a server?
10/22/2013 7:20 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Miner
That's part two! I'll write that soon.
10/21/2013 5:36 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Zombie
I personally don't want to spend money getting someone else to host a server for me, so I'm going to host my server at home. But diamond, sub and Fav anyway! :D
10/22/2013 12:53 am
Level 1 : New Miner
If you need some advice about setting up a self-hosted server, PM me. I have run a self-hosted server for almost 4 years now. Although I've had a few major problems pop up, i was able to quickly resolve them. If you have any questions about self-hosting (ex. setting up port forwarding, setting up a domain's DNS to point to your server, finding a free domain registrar, help with configuring the plugins, etc.) just PM me. I usually get on daily.
10/26/2013 6:07 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Zombie
Sorry for the late reply, I have been away recently, but I come on daily as well (sometimes I skip a weekday due to school).

1) I will PM you now, as I am having a bit of trouble, but I think it's my router, because I have port forwarded etc. but no one can join, but more on that later in the PM.

2) I am a guy XD :D

3) Thankyou for the help! :D
10/22/2013 7:21 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Miner
Majority of those topics will also be covered in depth in later tutorials.
10/22/2013 3:55 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
well i was just providing him/her with a instant go-to if they didnt want to wait for your future tutorials to come out, as it may take you weeks to write your tutorials covering all those topics.
10/23/2013 1:03 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Miner
Yea, i figured! :) Thanks chuck!
10/26/2013 6:06 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Zombie
:) Can't wait for it! :D
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