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Minecraft Server - Surviving the First Month [19th Place]

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PuuCraft avatar PuuCraft
Level 53 : Grandmaster Programmer


[size=12pt] Many server owners do not have the capabilities to[/size]

[size=12pt] run a sophisticated minecraft server. Today I will be teaching you how [/size]

[size=12pt]to do it, and how you can go from 5 players to 40 players in one month. [/size]

[size=12pt]During this guide, I will let you in on multiple secrets that many [/size]

[size=12pt]owners do not know about. I have gathered this information over 6 years [/size]

[size=12pt]of making plugins and hosting servers. This is based on what works for [/size]

[size=12pt]me, this may not work for everyone!



[size=12pt] Before you start going crazy, asking your mom for[/size]

[size=12pt] her credit card, or whipping out your paypal information, you forgot [/size]

[size=12pt]one thing, the server. How are you going to have a server, without [/size]

[size=12pt]plugins and buildings? If you are a good builder, this should not be too[/size]

[size=12pt] big of an issue. If you are amazing with plugins, this should not be a [/size]

[size=12pt]big issue. Most first time server owners will download a spawn off of a [/size]

[size=12pt]website, such as PlanetMinecraft. Although this is fine, this will not [/size]

[size=12pt]be a long term solution, just letting you know. Well now, you have [/size]

[size=12pt]Spigot installed, you started your server on your desktop, now what? [/size]

[size=12pt]Well, I hate to say it, but you can't run a successful server without at[/size]

[size=12pt] least some sort of plugin. Why you might ask? Well, your server will [/size]

[size=12pt]not be as fun, you will be trampled by griefers, spammers, and cheaters [/size]

[size=12pt]day by day. So why not head over to or and [/size]

[size=12pt]go ahead and get yourself some plugins.


[size=12pt] Okay, so get yourself some basic plugins, such as Essentials and WorldEdit, and start to configure these plugins. Not only will this make your server look better, but add more
uniqueness to your server. Configuring plugins is [/size]

[size=12pt]probably one of the most important things in a minecraft server, [/size]

[size=12pt]alongside the buildings. How could Hypixel be Hypixel if it ran on [/size]

[size=12pt]out-of-the-box plugins? Thats right, it couldn't. I'm not saying that [/size]

[size=12pt]configuring your plugins will be easy, just put on some music, grab [/size]

[size=12pt]yourself a hot pocket, and get to work!


[size=12pt] So now that you've got your plugins configured, [/size]

[size=12pt]how is your server going to be safe if you don't have a staff team? [/size]

[size=12pt]Personally, I think the PlanetMinecraft forums are a bad place to get [/size]

[size=12pt]staff members from, why? There are lots of desperate people here. [/size]

[size=12pt]Instead, look for staff members who have lots of experience dealing with[/size]

[size=12pt] different types of people. Look for well rounded staff members, who [/size]

[size=12pt]know how to get out of every sticky situation that a server can get [/size]

[size=12pt]into. Do not just accept every single application in desperation, this [/size]

[size=12pt]will lead to a staff member going rogue on you, trust me, you don't want[/size]

[size=12pt] to go there. It completely ruins the integrity of your server. Also, [/size]

[size=12pt]one thing I hate is when I join a server and I'm the only player on the [/size]

[size=12pt]server. If you have 5 staff members but only 10 players on total, you're[/size]

[size=12pt] doing something wrong. The ratio should be 5-10 players to 1 staff [/size]

[size=12pt]member for most servers.[/size]


[size=12pt] Okay, so now you got your server with buildings, a[/size]

[size=12pt] decent staff team, and configured plugins. Now, your first instinct [/size]

[size=12pt]will be to spam your server IP on another server, or whatnot. What you [/size]

[size=12pt]really should do is to go on server voting sites like PMC, MCSL, and MS [/size]

[size=12pt]and post your server IP. During your first week, you should be awarding [/size]

[size=12pt]high amounts of ingame currency or items to players who vote for your [/size]

[size=12pt]server. Every single vote raises your rank and draws more potential [/size]

[size=12pt]users into your server. You might also want to spend time creating a [/size]

[size=12pt]detailed post about what your server has to offer and post it on a [/size]

[size=12pt]website like MinecraftForums. If you have the available processor power,[/size]

[size=12pt] disk space, and RAM, you might want to invest in getting some cool [/size]

[size=12pt]plugins, like ParticleText or BlockParticles. These plugins add a cool [/size]

[size=12pt]and customized effect to your server which draws more players to your [/size]


[size=12pt] So you're halfway through your first week, you [/size]

[size=12pt]probably consistently have 5 players online at this point. So you're [/size]

[size=12pt]probably thinking about donations by now, do I go and beg users for [/size]

[size=12pt]donations? Well, a great way to start getting some donations is to start[/size]

[size=12pt] a community website using Enjin. Enjin is a great choice for a new [/size]

[size=12pt]server and really gets your community going. You can install the EMP [/size]

[size=12pt]Plugin to hook your Minecraft Server and Enjin together.[/size]

[size=12pt] Okay, now you got a semi-decent website setup. You[/size]

[size=12pt] can give your users ingame currency or items for registering on your [/size]

[size=12pt]website and starting a discussion. This will get some involvement in [/size]

[size=12pt]your community from your users. You can also start a Staff Application [/size]

[size=12pt]area where users will be able to test their skills and see if they are [/size]

[size=12pt]worthy to be a staff member on your server. You should start getting [/size]

[size=12pt]some activity on your server. A great way to celebrate weekly is to host[/size]

[size=12pt] a PvP event or a Drop Party of some sort. This will increase [/size]

[size=12pt]involvement in your server by a lot.[/size]


[size=12pt] So you're on your second week, and your server is [/size]

[size=12pt]going pretty well. You have about 15 players on your server by now. What[/size]

[size=12pt] shall I focus on this week, you wonder. The main thing you should be [/size]

[size=12pt]working on the second week will be the gameplay. Adding more interesting[/size]

[size=12pt] things and starting to create the donator perks. Give people special [/size]

[size=12pt]recognition and perks for donating to your server. Emphasize to your [/size]

[size=12pt]community why they should donate to your server. People won't give you [/size]

[size=12pt]money for no reason, thats not how this world works. You put in the work[/size]

[size=12pt] and effort, you get out the desired response, you can't just sit on [/size]

[size=12pt]your couch and eat doritos and expect to make millions. You should [/size]

[size=12pt]probably be adding cool effects to the gameplay this week along with the[/size]

[size=12pt] Enjin Donations. I would add a minigame or two to the server, like a [/size]

[size=12pt]spleef arena or a Mob arena where users can fight monsters for rewards. [/size]

[size=12pt]Not much will happen in the second week, it's going to be a boring ride,[/size]

[size=12pt] but your playercount should be growing steadily throughout this week. [/size]

[size=12pt]You should max out at around 20 players by the end of this week.[/size]


[size=12pt] So, the week where things pick up really fast. You[/size]

[size=12pt] should be getting a couple donations this week. You want to be hiring [/size]

[size=12pt]more staff members. Host 3 to 5 drop parties this week right after you [/size]

[size=12pt]bump your post on PMC or MCF. This will be crucial to keeping new [/size]

[size=12pt]players. Add a sale on the donations to encourage people donating to [/size]

[size=12pt]your server. You should consistently have 25 to 30 players online by [/size]

[size=12pt]now. By now you want to start to tighten up on rule violators. You should [/size]

[size=12pt]have been pretty chill on rules for the first two weeks, but start [/size]

[size=12pt]enforcing a bit more heavily now. You should focus mainly on [/size]

[size=12pt]customizations to your server this week. Add a cool particle effect, add[/size]

[size=12pt] spinning signs, add a new chest locking system, get a gangs plugin. [/size]

[size=12pt]This should be your major expansion week.

You should focus on getting your server an icon and a banner, this will make your server more presentable toward audiences browsing minecraft server lists.
It will make them more likely to click your server if you have a really poppy

[size=12pt]banner. If you are lucky, you could possibly have 50 players by the end [/size]

[size=12pt]of this week, but if you're still struggling, don't worry, your time [/size]

[size=12pt]will come soon. Keep focused on one thing, your server, add a referral [/size]

[size=12pt]system to your server, so if a player invites their friends, they get [/size]

[size=12pt]currency or items on the server. Continue to encourage forum activity on[/size]

[size=12pt] your server and frequently post new events occurring on your server on [/size]

[size=12pt]the forums.[/size]


[size=12pt] It's that week again, the end of the month, and [/size]

[size=12pt]your server is doing well. You have met your donation goal and have a [/size]

[size=12pt]modest sum of players on your server. You have done a good job of [/size]

[size=12pt]weeding out the bad eggs on your server before they cause trouble. You [/size]

[size=12pt]might want to invest in a server spawn area that is made for your [/size]

[size=12pt]server, and your server only. If you are a good builder yourself, make a[/size]

[size=12pt] spawn with lots of detail, and lots of areas to include upcoming [/size]

[size=12pt]features, such as crates, minigames, or a new server. During this week, [/size]

[size=12pt]you will not do as much, you can sit back and relax this week. If you [/size]

[size=12pt]are truly dedicated, you could continue to add improvements to the [/size]

[size=12pt]server, but it is not 100% necessary.[/size]

[size=12pt] If you are consistantly hitting 50 players, it's time to have at [/size]

[size=12pt]least 5 staff members, remember the 5-10:1 rule? You also might want to [/size]

[size=12pt]invest in achievements on the server. Try implementing a rank ladder [/size]

[size=12pt]where users can purchase new ranks with ingame currency which can be [/size]

[size=12pt]earned by trading with other players, or selling items to the server [/size]

[size=12pt]shop. A rank ladder system will add a sense of achievement to your [/size]

[size=12pt]server, and you could add new permissions for each rank, such as a new [/size]

kit, or a fun ability like trails.


7 Update Logs

Update #7 : 01/03/2016 11:17:02 amJan 3rd, 2016

Placed 19th! Thank you everyone for all the support you have given me!

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12/16/2015 10:28 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Network
MCfuncraft avatar
I have had a server for about a week, and I barely ever consistently even have ONE player online :( good blog post, though. :D
12/16/2015 6:58 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Programmer
PuuCraft avatar
It's not always this process, a lot of it is luck aswell. If you get a nice youtuber to join the server, you could have way more than the figures above, if you're unlucky, you could have way less, it also comes down to a lot of other things, such as your staff. Just keep being persistant, you will be successful eventually.
12/14/2015 7:08 pm
Level 49 : Master Waffle
SackboyRocks avatar
Very nice job, I love it. You covered some great points here. I made a post similar to this awhile ago, but I think yours may be better! You've got a shot at winning the contest!
12/07/2015 2:18 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Lava Rider
eagoy avatar
Just something I am wondering but why is there so much white space - good enough for two more sentences in between - between sentences?

It annoys me so I haven't read it which seems to be a bit of shame considering the positive comments you have got so far.
12/07/2015 5:56 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Programmer
PuuCraft avatar
Fixed, have been busy with finals recently and an edit I made to it apparantly broke something with the font style. Thanks for letting me know.
11/29/2015 10:50 am
Level 29 : Expert Skinner
ricebowl avatar
I actually really like that your entry is unique and different from the other typical blogs. It caught my attention, and I thought it was clever that instead of 'surviving in minecraft' it was 'surviving the first month'. (Of a server.) I'm not really sure it goes well with the contest prompt, but it's different and this information will totally come handy to a bunch of people, maybe even including myself.

Good luck with the contest!
11/29/2015 11:47 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Programmer
PuuCraft avatar
Thank you so much for your support! I hope you enjoyed the guide!
11/29/2015 7:16 am
Level 42 : Master Botanist
Masstrix avatar
The infomation in this is good but I think something that you should add in is to really make your server grow and be up there is to not just copy other servers but be creative and try to make something new for players to enjoy.
11/29/2015 11:47 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Programmer
PuuCraft avatar
I might add that in a sixth section on my post. Thank you for the suggestion!
11/29/2015 4:57 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Cookie
Ginger_Pixels avatar
The information here is good and the presenation is nice aswell, but I'm not sure if this will qualify as 'surviving in Minecraft' - I think maybe you'll have to ask a mod or one of the judges just to double check, but either way I still think it's a good submission.
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