Minecraft has come a long way since its launch in 2010. What started as a simple single-player game, has grown into a lifestyle for many.
Now while simply installing the game has been easy, one thing that has always been difficult to understand is setting up your own Minecraft Server.
In this guide I will show you:
- The major reason why you should start your own server.
- 3 ways to set up your own Minecraft Server.
- Discover who has the best Minecraft Hosting.
- Must know admin commands for Minecraft that literally no one is talking about.
Not only will you learn all of this, but it will be explained in a SIMPLE way that anyone can follow.
If at any point you get stuck, simply join our Discord and someone will be able to help you in our #tech-support channel.
Why Should I Start My Own Minecraft Server?
One of the biggest reasons to start your own Minecraft server is to have 100% control over what is going on. For example, if you are playing on someone else server, at any moment your builds could be wiped, raided, or your progress could simply disappear!
This is because in the end they only care about 1 thing, and that is themselves.
And rightfully so, you are playing on their network and most of the time, you are playing for free! They have every right to do what they want!
This is why we always suggest it's best to run your own server. Be in control.
The next major reason is privacy. For example, if you only want to play with a select few of your friends, you can do so very easily. All you need to do once you start your server is to give them the IP address to connect to and that's it. Once you are done playing, you can simply turn off your server and you don't need to worry about being grieved or anything while your offline.
How To Setup Your Own Dedicated Minecraft Server
I'm actually going to show you 3 different ways you can set up your Minecraft server. Each way has its own pros and cons. But every way is as easy as it can be!
Remember though, if you get stuck, simply join our Discord.
The biggest pro is you can literally be up and running with a dedicated server (without having to do any port forwarding!) in as little as 5 mins!
Every way that I'm about to show you is also setup on Linux, BUT WAIT!
Don't be worried. If you can click a button on a website, you can install it. I promise you haven't seen a guide this easy before!
The Fastest Way
This is the fastest way of setting up a Minecraft server that will allow you to EXPAND your server if it starts getting bigger. We will be setting up Minecraft on a virtual private server (VPS for short).
Here are some of the pros doing it this way
- It's "1 click" to get setup.
- Takes about 5 mins to do.
- No configuration is needed.
- Easy to scale.
And here are some of the cons
- It's harder to mod your game.
So let's get started.
The first thing we need is to get a VPS server. To do this simply set up an account at Vultr. If you use this link you will get a free $25 credit. That is enough to run a server for 5 months without having to pay for anything.
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Use our link below to signup for your new game server and get $100 credit you can use. No coupon required. That's nearly 6 months free for most servers!
Simply click the link, signup and its automatically applied to your account!
Click Sign Up on the top right hand side.
After you have set up your account and are logged in, click on "Products" on the left-hand side.
On this page is where we are going to deploy our new VPS.
Now we need to select what type of VPS and location. You can either choose "Cloud Compute" or "High Frequency". The difference is High Frequency is faster but costs $1 extra per month.
As for the location, it's best to select what location is closest to you for the best performance.
Now we need to select the server type. For this simply click "Application"
And then select "Minecraft"
Select the server size that fits in your budget and the amount of Memory/Ram that fits your intended user base (We have an entire section on this later on in the post)
Just as a quick example:
- 1gb for 8 - 10 people
- 2gb for 10 - 20 people
- 4gb for 20 - 30 people
- 8gb for up to 90 people
For this tutorial we will be using the $5 plan but remember, you can UPGRADE at any time instantly!
You can skip the rest of the options until the very last one and that is "Server Hostname & Label". You can make this whatever you want.
After that click Deploy
After you have deployed your new server. You will see installing for a few minutes and then after it will say Running. Simply click it to enter the Minecraft Server dashboard.
That's it! You can simply connect to the IP address they give you and access the server via the dashboard.
See that wasn't that hard! This is the easiest way to set up a Minecraft server that I know of right now.
That's it for now with our Minecraft Server guide. We will have this updated in the coming weeks with the other methods!
Remember to come and join us on our Discord if you need any help.