So I did some research online and decided to give the popular Servercraft.co Minecraft hosting a try. If you want to host a small minecraft server or even a large one, then Servercraft.co has a monthly hosting solution where you can create your own dedicated Minecraft server. I akin this to paying a monthly membership fee for Wizard101 or other MMO games, except you buy the game 1x and then pay the monthly to host a private server and truly make it unique and original.
So for $7.99 per month which was the plan I purchased since I am only using it for my two kids and maybe 1 or two of their friends eventually, it comes with:
- 300MB Memory
- 1-5 suggested players
- Unlimited slots
- Full FTP access
- < 15 minute Minecraft Setup
- McMyAdmin 2.0 Professional Edition
- Dual 8-core AMD Opteron 2.4ghz servers
- Free MySql Database with phpMYAdmin on request
- Daily Map Rendering
- On Demand scheduler for backup and events
- Support for mods, texture packs, maps, manual world seeds and even running CraftBukkit for customized Minecraft builds.
Within 6 minutes of ordering the hosting plan I received my email saying my Minecraft server was ready and logged in.
Your dashboard shows you your CPU utilization, RAM usage and you can instantly go into your Minecraft server customizations.
The first thing was to make sure my kids couldn’t kill each other in game, this would lead to arguments and real life fighting, so I set the “Allow Player Vs. Player Combat” to No. Then I scaled the game difficulty to Easy for my 5 year old so he wouldn’t be clobbered every few minutes by creepers or endermen.
I started with just random seed, but found a whole bunch of experimental seeds to try on this Minecraft Seed World and created various different worlds whenever my kids wanted a new seed world.
I haven’t taken it to a CraftBukkit modification level or added texture packs but am familiar enough to do this with ease, you just upload your texture packs via FTP or the web ftp access and put in the URL to the texture pack to use.
Since my private Minecraft server was just for my kids and some friends, I decided to not do any whitelists or any permanent deaths, I know this isn’t a public server so wasn’t opening it up for anybody to abuse the server or system.
Adding Minecraft Worlds
With either direct FTP access or the built in Web FTP access adding worlds and maps was very easy and you can keep your existing world, back it up and restore it at a later time.
All in all, the Minecraft Hosting Solution provided by Servercraft.co was very encouraging and their simplicity also sparked my interest in their dedicated server plans to as maybe an option for my WordPress blogs in the future which I should look into.
General Issues with Running a Minecraft
- Some things I had to learn about Minecraft from the start is that you can’t place objects or mine objects too close to the spawn area, it took a few troubleshooting attempts before my kids realized this about server maps.
- Infinite seeds, quick boredom. So many seed possibilities yet everyone’s a critic and some want more villages, dungeons others want more hills, forests, deserts. You never know what seed will be and even finding and putting in manual seeds can’t appease everyone.
- Flying in general causes problems, unless you are running a customized world or a have creative mode server I would disable flying.
Other than that the performance of the Minecraft server has been excellent, I have only had to stop and restart it about 2 dozen times to randomize new worlds or test out new seeds for my finicky players.
Some of my favorite Minecraft resources to help you with your Minecraft server include: