Minecraft Dedicated Servers

June 2014

Minecraft Dedicated Server Hosting

Minecraft has evolved into a popular massive multiplayer online-role playing game, or MMORPG, in part due to its “limitless” nature. An unmanaged Minecraft dedicated server is key to modifying the game to the host’s preferences.

Where there’s a Minecraft dedicated server, you’ll find an online gaming community building and creating from their imaginations.

Why a Minecraft Dedicated Server?

Of course if you want to host your own world, it’s important to choose the right server hardware and download software to make it easier to manage. If you’re set on Minecraft dedicated hosting, you should purchase an unmanaged dedicated server. This will give you root access to your server, which is important if you are adding modifications or want to control the number of players. It also gives you the freedom to adjust memory and speed, and easily upgrade the hardware if the time comes.

Choosing Server Hardware

The type of hardware is a decision with several factors to consider, including whether you are just starting out or expect to have more than dozens of players online at one time. Either way it’s all about getting the most speed with the lowest cost. We took an in-depth look at choosing the best Minecraft server hardware.

Increasing Minecraft Performance with Software and Add-ons

Minecraft servers can be run on both Linux and Windows servers. Which system you use is a personal choice, but many people recommend using Linux for larger servers. Hosts can allocate the OS’s resources much easily with Linux servers. There are many online tutorials for both that can guide you through installation and configuration.

Next on the gaming server checklist is software for managing the server and improving performance. There are three tools we recommend for increasing the performance of your Minecraft dedicated server.

1) Multicraft is a platform that enables you to access an unlimited number of servers through one control panel. Multicraft gives you full access to the front end source code, which is beneficial for a game that’s all about customization. It is available for both Linux and Windows dedicated servers. There is a free version for available for use with just one server of 10 players or less. See the Multicraft site for pricing and additional features.

2) Spigot, which is based on Bukkit, is a great tool for reducing lag on large servers and controlling RAM usage. It can also reduce CPU idling (and other constantly running resources) on smaller servers or during times when less users are active. Most of the older Bukkit plugins are supported.

One of its features aims to “chunk leaks”, which can become a problem for any Minecraft dedicated server when the world grows larger but old chunks stick around. This can cause lag just like a large number of players on the gaming server can.

This tool is completely free and open-source. An installation guide and download link is available on the official Spigot site.

3) Also from the Spigot page, comes an impressive tool called Bungee Cord that acts as a proxy between online Minecraft servers. This is beneficial for Minecraft dedicated hosting because it essentially creates one large server and increases your resources. It combines different Minecraft worlds without moving your game to a new server. This means that a host is not slowed down by their current hardware. Besides allowing players to move between different servers easily, this also enables the host to perform maintenance on one server without affect the others.

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