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Hero Of Ages
Level 19 : Journeyman Explorer
Hello, first off i'd like to thank you for clicking on my post :)

The main focus of this article is to give tips on how to make your server popular, successful, and the best quality that it can be. This is essentially a compilation of what to do, or not to do, if you run a server. I've come up with these tips by running my own server in the past, playing both good and bad servers, and by contemplating on what i personally like to see in a server.

Without further ado (I hope I spelled that right e_e), here we go!

1) Be fair. Possibly the most important, hence why it's number one. No one likes an abusive admin, and most of us have experienced one at some time or another. Admin abuse will lead to the overall downfall of your server. As an admin people trust you. Trust you with what you may ask? Time. People trust you with something irreplaceable. The reason someone joins your server, and soon after spends their time on it is because the don't expect their progress to be erased. They expect that their time, aka whatever they build/create, will be safe while their gone. No one likes their progress reset. When I played silver/gold pokemon versions as a kid (still do), and the battery died causing my save file to be corrupt, i nearly died inside. It's a terrible feeling to loose what you've invested your time into.

2) Choose your mods wisely. Choosing the wrong person to be moderator can also cause a server to fall. I personally only choose people that I know in real life, and even then there's only two people who I'd trust. My brother who was an admin on my former server, and one of my closest friends who i've known for the longest time. If you don't have anyone who would make good mods/admins in real life, find someone you've known for awhile and that you can truly trust. Don't ruin your server over giving moderator status to a power hungry 14 year old who asks for it. Usually, the person who doesn't ask for it is the best option.

3) The banhammer is not your friend. It's a tool used to deal with hackers/x-rayers/serious offenders as a last resort. Simply because someone doesn't share the same values with you, or doesn't agree with you, noes not mean you get to ban them. Banhappy admins are not good admins.

4) Consistent rules. This is more or less an attachment to tip 3. Have a consistent set of rules displayed on signs at spawn. A successful approach many servers are currently doing is creating a sort of a quiz to go through before you access the "real server". An example would be a quiz maze. Question: Is xraying allowed? Left path = no (progress further in the maze) Right path = yes (dead end)

5) Proper grammar. Yes, grammar is actually a key factor. You don't exactly have to talk like a 16th century noble, but spelling correctly helps. When I'm searching for a server, I'm more apt to join a server with a description that's properly spelled rather than one with "join us we r a good server ul b happy n have a lot of fun if ur not dumb and chooz us".

6) Good layout. This one branches from tip 5. A good layout page for a server can do a lot of good for it. It displays that you care enough about your server to spend an additional 30 minutes making the page look appealing. A quick image for your server created in gimp or photoshop helps as well.

7) Donations. Donations can lead to downfall as well. A quote used by RuneScape back in its former glory was "We dono t want players to be able to buy their way to success in RuneScape. If we let players start doing this, it devalues RuneScape for others. We feel your status in real-life shouldno t affect your ability to be successful in RuneScape". I feel the same approach should be taken to a server. Yes, DO allow the option to donate, but DON'T give ridiculous perks such as flying, bedrock, or loads of diamonds to someone who donates. Maybe a colored name tag varying in colors displaying how much they donated would suffice. Donating is to show appreciation to a server, to support it. Not to buy perks.

8) Communication. Letting your players know what's going on with the server is a must. I suggest creating a simple website, or even a blog here on Planet Minecraft to inform your players as to when your server may be down, or if you plan on Scheduling an event. This can help avoid confusion, which can lead to players quitting. If the server is going to be down for a week, and the players don't know about it, they may find a different server that is up and running. If they are informed of the time your server will be back up, they will be more likely to wait until it is back up, and continue where they left off.

(more to come later)

Thanks for reading, and most importantly, good luck on managing, running, and owning a successful proud server :D

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  • xXKennethXx
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 18, 2014, 6:14 am
  • LeGold5
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Mage
  • July 13, 2014, 10:15 pm
cool thanks for the tips
  • rheuer22
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Miner
  • May 17, 2014, 10:29 am
Join my server at: nachocraft.zapto.org:28359

Oh another thing have a host name from like No-IP (I use it) that dose't change like the 127.000.0 for example you don't want to keep giving your IP to everyone again again and again that will lead to a server failure for keep on changing the IP so use somthing like No-IP {My Server:
---===Server Type==---
- Faction/Survival Server
---===Server IP===---
On 7 You should do it if you rent a server, and maybe add perks becuase you dont want the donators to feel they wasted money on a server for a New Prefix
|| Elite-Crrafterz | | NETWORK We Provide Survival,Factions,Creative,Skywars,Walls,survival-games,minigames.skyblock If you like what you see join the ip below Hope yo see you soon 99% uptime Nice Staff Awesome gamemodes and games Join us SERVER IP mc.elite-crafterz.com
  • D3c0d3d828
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • June 6, 2013, 1:47 pm
No a Good server is
Already 150$ in Donations!
dude. your crazy.
Join McXtremePvP!
- 24/7
- Good Staff
-Player Heads
ip: mcxtremepvp.com
join mine;
its pvp-factions-spleef-survival-donor ranks-frirndly staff-best server every
  • Costelush
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Hunter
  • April 11, 2013, 6:45 am
Nice tutorial , i hope it will help everybody!
  • WarpathCraft
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • April 7, 2013, 10:55 am
Thank you for the nice tutorial, it helped me with my server play.waprathcraft.com
  • Penap
  • Level 41
  • Master Engineer
  • March 22, 2013, 5:50 pm
  • MWSoap
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • March 9, 2013, 5:17 pm
o o LolliCraft o Factions o 24/7 o Shops o Awesome Plugin o No Lag o Pvp o Raiding o Griefing o Donation Shop Join Now~
  • jonny72652
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • March 8, 2013, 6:34 pm
Factions Raiding McMMo HardCore PvP
Fun 24/7 server it is a griefing server so hide your houses and its factions
pvp We also Have Mobarena And SurvivalGames Ands WE ARe ONLINE
hey would you be interested in reviewing the server I work at? I think we've met alot of the steps you provided, but some outside opinion would be nice to have. The ip is pvp.hammerfallgaming.com
  • Costelush
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Hunter
  • February 23, 2013, 12:43 am
...::: KARMEL PVP :::....


[24/7 PVP Survival]
[Griefing/Raiding ALLOWED]
[TNT, Lava ALLOWED] <----------------------- THE BEST SERVER EVER!!!!!!!
  • abody_alani
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Archer
  • February 16, 2013, 3:24 pm
Project Minecraft - BRAND NEW SERVER!! [Survival] [PVP Enabled] [24/7]

Welcome to the brand new community - Project Minecraft

Server address:


Images of our server:

We will be delighted too see you there!
The Project Minecraft Team!
  • mrbliss1
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Modder
  • January 5, 2013, 8:00 am
Hey could you review my server and planet minecraft page (just click on my name)

Server ip : opmserver.no-ip.org
  • Kaleb0201
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 28, 2012, 4:53 pm
My server is Imperial Factions Minecraft

IP: ImperialMC.biz.tm
  • nxtguy
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • October 12, 2012, 7:07 pm
Read the whole article and loved it! I was wondering if you could review my server and website if you have time. Please tell me what I could do better.

IP: minecraft.nxtcraft.com
Website: http://nxtcraft.com

Even if you can't, thanks for writing the article!
  • Ark Angel
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Mage
  • September 19, 2012, 12:43 pm
could you check out my server and possibly become my new Head-Mod?


website: http://www.biomecraftfiles.enjin.com
  • Hero Of Ages
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • September 20, 2012, 3:36 pm
I'm not sure, it depends on a lot. I'd need to know what your server is about, what you want players to be doing on the server, and every rule so that I could enforce them.
  • Thealexo134
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Artist
  • December 4, 2012, 12:05 pm
I think this is a very good article. Diamonded . Please can you come on my server and give it a review , it's 2 weeks old but we are doing alright but I would like some advice. Its a raiding , PVP , factions , mcmmo and griefign server etc . The ip is . Thanks
  • Hero Of Ages
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • December 5, 2012, 10:52 am
Thank you for the diamond! I checked out your sever. I enjoy the fact that it's not very large at the moment. Raiding servers that have more than 50 people tend to become hectic and overrun by "superpower" factions that own most things. I would advise you to change the donations though. You only have 18 slots on your server, which costs about $7 a month on the hosting site I use, so the donations probably aren't 100% needed like some of the larger servers. Some of the higher up donation perks are pretty overpowered, and most people enjoy an environment where everyone has the same fair chance at becoming the best. Also, if you do decide to keep those donations in, i'd recommend removing them until you have a bigger community. But otherwise, very nice job! As I said before, it's nice seeing people create raiding servers that aren't overpopulated.
  • Thealexo134
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Artist
  • December 6, 2012, 10:10 am
Thanks for that , I will change the donation prices . I wasnt sure what the prices should be and I just went with the same prices as a server that I played on .
  • _xXNOTCHXx_
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Goblin
  • July 6, 2012, 7:24 am
i doont think grammer matters
  • gogocp
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Nerd
  • May 20, 2012, 3:28 am
  • Hero Of Ages
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • May 25, 2012, 4:30 am
No problem :D
  • iCaleb1998
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • April 14, 2012, 11:13 am
Would you help me with my server by telling me how it seems? Maybe rate it ?/10?
  • Kjordo711
  • Level 43
  • Master Lad
  • April 14, 2012, 11:09 am
I have subscribed to u
  • Hero Of Ages
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • May 25, 2012, 4:30 am
Thanks :)

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