Running & Managing a Minecraft Server – (0) Planning

Before you start your server, it’s very important to careful plan your server. You must plan everything from where you’re going to host your server, to who your mods and admins will be. In this lesson, I would like to go over some important planning tips you should take if you’d like to run a successful server. Be sure that you know the answer to all of these questions below before attempting to run your own server.


What kind of server will you run?

The first question you must ask yourself while planning is what kind of server are you going to run? There are many different types of servers you can choose from. Is it going to be a survival server with factions and an economy? Or perhaps a creative server with building. Perhaps you want to create a prison server? Or even a mini-game server with custom plugins. Hopefully you already have a type of server in mind before starting. But if not, try to pick something unique that’s never been done before. That’s the key to creating a popular server.


Who will be your staff?

The next important question you should ask yourself is who’s going to run your server? Are you going to have admins help you run the server? Or just moderators so you can work on the server yourself? What will the mods and admins have access to? Can mods permanently ban people? How will you handle a rouge staff member? Where will you get your staff? Having good staff members is very important. They must be dedicated to your server, and know how to use the necessary tools to keep your server safe.

You’ll also want to determine what other ranks you’ll have on your server. Will regular players all have the same rank? Or will players get higher ranks over time? Perhaps you’ll want to have a donor rank. What types of benefits will higher ranked players get? I like planning out my staff first so I know who I need to look for to fill those positions.


What types of plugins will you have?

There are many plugins to choose from. If you want an economy, you’ll need some type of plugin to keep track of players money. You’ll probably want some type of ranking and permissions plugin. I’d also recommend using a grief protection plugin. It’s a good idea to at least have somewhat of an idea of what plugins  you want early on. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use these plugins. I’ll teach you how to use them later. Planning out your plugins allows you to get an idea on how everything’s going to fit together.


How do you plan on hosting your server?

This is quite possibly the most important question you’ll need to answer while planning your server. You’ll need some place where your server will run and where your files will be kept. You have three main options when hosting your own server. You can choose to host it yourself on your own personal computer, you can pay for Minecraft hosting, or you can purchase a VPS. Below is a table that shows some information about each hosting option.


Pros Cons Best Usage
Home Hosting
  • Free
  • Easy to set up
  • Not good for many players
  • Expensive upgrades
  • Not 100% uptime
A small server with a few friends.
Minecraft Hosting
  • Good for many players
  • Easy to set up
  • May come with a free website
  • Easy upgrades
  • Minecraft server support (sometimes)
  • High uptime
  • Costs money (cost depends on options)
  • You don’t have full control
This option is good for most servers.
VPS Hosting
  •  Good for many players
  • Easy upgrades
  • High uptime
  • Advanced settings
  • More control
  •  Costs more money (cost depends on options)
  • Can be difficult to set up and manage
  • No Minecraft server support
  • Usually doesn’t come with additional features
 This option is good for advanced users
who may also wish to install other servers along
side their Minecraft server.

You should hopefully be able to follow along with this guide for the most part. I will be making tutorials for tips and how-to’s for Minecraft Hosting and VPS hosting. If you have any trouble with either of them, feel free to leave a comment below.

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