The first step in making a minecraft server is deciding whether your server will be local or hosted on a paid server. "Local" means that the server is ran on your own computer. "Hosted" means that the server is hosted with a hosting company, usually with a monthly charge.
Why Choose Local?
The best thing about a local server is that it is completely free! They are perfect for playing vanilla minecraft or custom maps with friends. Depending on your computer's power, a local server can hold about 2-8 players before crashing or hitting some major lag. Choose a local server if you are looking for a casual server to play with your friends on occasion and do not need your server to be 24/7.
Why Choose Hosted?
Paying for a hosted minecraft server allows you to have a 24/7 server that can hold any number of players (depending on how much you pay). Choose a hosted server if you want to install complex plugins, hold a large number of players, or potentially make some money from your server!
2. Choosing a Hosting Company
Choosing the right hosting site is essential. Price, performance, and customer support are all very important. Here are some hosting sites that we recommend.
MPServ is a popular hosting company that uses their own server infrastructure, optimized for performance and uptime. They have a some unique features: their own specialized control panel, an in browser file manager, and a plugins library.
Customer Support - 8/10
MPServ has a customer chat box, where you can post questions and anyone can respond. This is fine for most issues, and you'll find friendly and helpful support staff here. They also have a ticket system for more serious problems. However, there is no live 1 on 1 chat with tech support.
Performance - 9.5/10
Performance is always terrific, with almost 0 downtime or lag. Per GB, you'll get the most bang out of an MPServ server over pretty much any other host.
Price - 6/10
Great performance and support comes at a cost - MPServ is a little on the expensive side. A 1GB server costs $14.50/month
MCProHosting LLC is run by many motivated members of the Minecraft server hosting industry. They aim to provide inexpensive servers without compromising performance. They make sure to cater to each and every customer, as well as any complaint or problem they encounter. Their goal is to provide our clients with a product that suits to their needs, while still keeping a low price.
Customer Support - 6/10
My experience with the McProHosting support has been mediocre. They take a long time to respond to tickets, and are rarely on-time with server restorations.
Performance - 7/10
McProHosting is pretty good when it comes to performance. The servers they offer run with little lag, and have little-to-no downtime. Their rating gets a boost because of their offered protection against DDoS attacks, a problem that has plagued minecraft servers for ages.
Price - 9/10
The plans offered by McProHosting come at a great price. A 1GB server costs only 9.99 a month, making McProHosting one of the cheapest hosts out there.
CubedHost is a giant in the minecraft server hosting business, with over 9,000 customers running 13,000 servers. Their goal is to provide a completely premium experience, albeit at a price.
Customer Support - 10/10
CubedHost offers amazing one on one customer support. A dedicated support team is there at all times and will support you through chat, ticket, email, or even IRC. If you a problem, they will make sure it gets taken care of.
Performance - 9/10
CubedHost uses nothing but the best in its server technology with their industry standard Intel Xeon CPUs, lightning fast DDR3 RAM, steady 1Gbit uplinks, dependable RAID setups and high quality SSDs. Their quality equipment keeps CubedHost's servers running smoothly and lag free. They also offer DDoS protection.
Price - 4/10
The price of a CubedHost server is definitely on the expensive end, costing $16/month for a 1GB server. However, if you need the best in customer support and great performance, go with CubedHost. If you don't, you would probably be better off going with a cheaper host.