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How to professionally run a large Minecraft server

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* The original blog was accidentally deleted, so here it is again. *

As some of you know, our server, HammerCraft, has recently gone public.
As a result of all of the things we've learned bringing HammerCraft to this point, we made this blog.

Here are a few tips for other server owners on how to provide your users with the best possible. (And provide yourself with the most profit possible.)

1) The most important of all: Quality.
This one is pretty self explanatory. Use common sense and make smart decisions on how you want your server run and structured.

2) Have a good amount of mature, professional, and sensible staff.
How many times have you been on a server where the staff did not fit this description? How did this effect your experience?Nonsensicalstaff is the root of most server problems. Also, to many staff members can lead to favoritism and corruption, while to few will lead to an unstable community.

3) Have an engaging and interesting experience.
The experience is a culmination of everything that happens on your server. It is what keeps people attached to your server. If you want to establish a regular group of veteran players, make sure to provide things to do, goals to strive for, and updates to wait for. Respond to what your users want, if within reason.

4) Make sure that your community is not overrun by noobs, trolls, and hackers.
This is important, because no matter how nice your server is, it will not attract players if the community is out of hand. Also, avoid constant drop parties and favoritism, as these cause cracks in communities.

5) Set up your server in a logical layout to provide maximum variety.
It is human nature to default to boredom and quitting when not presented with new things to do. Having variation on your server makes your players come back time and time again.

6) Use plugins effectively and seamlessly.
Many servers attempt to wow newcomers by presenting a lot of plugins. However, having so many disorganized, and often buggy, plugins drastically diminishes quality. You must be sure not to have so few plugins that there is nothing to do. Additionally, investing in custom plugins is a must for any major server. Feel free to hit us up via PM for more information on the best way to go about this.

7) Focus on originality and ingenuity.
Don't just be "another server", be "the server". Don't settle for a little when you can have more, and never stop improving your systems. Associate yourself and your server with the best, and always give credit where credit is deserved.

8) Provide a good enough hosting solution or dedicated server for your server to cope with.
Here's another thing that will override all other good intentions if not taken seriously. For HammerCraft, we use a 16gb dedicated server running MCMA. (At the time of writing, it is now through Linux console with 72gb Ram.) Smaller servers don't need quite as much, but you should aim to provide a lag and downtime free environment. If you'd like additional help with this, feel free to contact us.

9) Be careful with how you manage chat and ranks.
You don't want your users to be blasted with information in the chat window. Keep things on the low, with enough information to be beneficial but not enough to spam the space. Keeping things calm in the chat window can have a surprisingly positive effect on your server, both with he community and experience.

10) Do notexpecta ridiculous amount of donations at first.
It takes a long time to get a steady flow of people coming and donating. While it is true that servers cannot function without donations, often you have to provide an infusion of cash to jumpstart the process.

We hope that these 10 points will help your aspiring server reach its maximum potential. If you have any questions, feel free to post them here, in the comment section.

More blogs to come soon!
- The HammerCraft Team
CreditBlog post by: Cheese512
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dasdsad sadasd
08/14/2017 1:17 am
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thank you for this! too many people focus on the setup side and not the running side.
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Real Ninvento
08/22/2015 12:41 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
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Nice! This will become useful :)
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beardygift
02/18/2015 3:33 pm
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That is a Good idea thank you for the tips and tricks keep up the good work
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CatzFuriousSpeed
05/27/2014 9:13 pm
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I have a server, ive tried everything and I cant really find a good way to get the server out there, Ive looked into paid advertisement and the thing is im not sure what websites are the best for voting on, I only have 4 currently Planet minecraft, Minestatus, Minetrack, minecraft-server-list I could really use some potential help with getting it out I get to 8-15 players a day, but its usually the same players, I want to keep the community growing, so the chat isnt deadly silent anymore, that is what is really missing on my server. The chat is hardly ever active. :L
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HybirdzWarz
02/02/2014 1:23 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
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You just helped me, now i get 56 players... TY
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HybirdzWarz
02/02/2014 1:24 pm
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But since i reseted my server i get only 12 - 5 players :(
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HammerCraft
02/02/2014 2:03 pm
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There's always time to look back at the past and reflect on what brought more fun to your server.Best of luck!

- The HammerCraft Team
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SpongyBacon
11/09/2013 1:12 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Princess
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Great blog, awesome tips :D
Maybe write a bit on how smaller servers don't need to be able to handle 50 slots, so they should aim for the 1-2GB ram region, instead of overestimating and going for like 8GB. (I know this from experience, as my first server had 16GB ram, and 5 players >_>)
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HammerCraft
11/09/2013 3:45 pm
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A good point indeed. This blog is generally aimed towards larger servers that aim to make a profit, of which few only need 1-2gb.Thanks for the support :)

- The HammerCraft Team
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SpongyBacon
11/09/2013 4:19 pm
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Good point, but you have to remember that a lot of the readers of this will be people who want to learn how the big servers do it, and actually own small servers :)
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