Choosing a Minecraft server host can be hard, mainly because of the choice you have. Hundreds if not thousands of Minecraft server hosts are out there, but you want that one which is most reliable, safe and affordable. This can be a challenge based on how many of the hosts are out there. In this post we will be going through how to choose the best Minecraft server host for you. Lets get mining (well started!).
Problems with some hosts:
Please note these problems do not apply to all hosts.
- There has been an increase of hosts being opened by under 18 or even under 16 and 14 (Yes 14). There is nothing against people pursuing their dreams or trying to gain experience but under 16 and 14 years as a host owners you may not legally be allowed to operate and simply due to their age there is a good chance that these host will not have experience. This type of host may also lack in the necessary skills to protect your personal data on the host website, and to even understand the very basics of customer support and running an e-commerce based website, also not forgetting they may not have the time to dedicate into the host (School!).
- Overselling is a big and all too common problem within hosts, this is when you have a physical server (e.g. Dedicated Server) and you host too many servers on it, so lets say the dedicated server can take 30 1GB Minecraft servers and the host is running 40 1GB servers on that one dedicate server. This become a problem because the server is overworking, in this scenario your server is most likely going to under perform, crash and there is an almost certain chance of lots of downtime.
- Bad support is a problem too, waiting a couple of days for a support ticket to be answered is not good enough, you have to remember that you are the one parting with your money, therefore you should be valued as a customer. Anywhere around a 24 hour response time would be what you’re looking for, and if you can get any other hosts that are quicker that’s more of an advantage to you.
- A lot of hosts are not a registered business, this means that you have no trace back if the company runs away with your money. If the host is registered, they are most likely serious about their on-line trading, and you have the reassurance that they are logged on business directories and their details will always be there, so if the host was to close down and take your money, you have the correct information to take legal action or take personal actions to retrieve a refund. It also allows you to do your own personal research on the company (Google the company name, you can find out all sorts).
- Closure is something which is feared by many owners of a server, taking on board everything above, these are probably the most likely host to just vanish in a blink of an eye, leaving with your money and leaving you without your server files. Some hosts may give notice of closure, some may not. Now let’s be realistic here, even some of the biggest host may decide to close down (Although they will most likely give prior warning due to the scale of the host).
How to pick the right host:
- Reviews – Always read reviews of the host, there’s sites out there like BestMinecraftHosts. Remember to try to avoid reading reviews off the hosts website, they are more than likely all going to be good reviews (Which host would put bad reviews on, it would drive away potential customers).
- Professional Website – Look for a professional looking website, something that looks like a lot of time and money has been put into it. Here’s a few examples of professional looking websites: MCPROHOSTING, ENVIOUSHOST and NITROUSNETWORKS.
- Professionalism – a big word, yet an important meaning. The host should be professional, not use slang (At the wrong time, we accept some hosts use slang as marketing etc.), spelling is correct both in conversation with them, and on their website and overall they should have a good attitude where you feel respected, safe and like the host can help you with any problems you may come across.
- SSL Certification – this is the green padlock in the address bar. This seal shows that data is secure on the website server and encrypted, meaning your details are going to remain safe. This is not required however it is recommended to go with a host with this type of security to insure your personal data is secure. Please be aware of self hosted SSL certifications, these are not as safe as premium ones purchased from the correct companies. Also note that not all websites display their SSL certification on there homepage, but it may only be active on the payment pages.
An SSL certification looks like this (If you click on the SSL certification in the address bar you can view details on the security level and who the certification is registered too).
- Look for registration details of the company if your preference is to go with a registered business host. Typically company details are displayed in the footer (At the bottom) of the website, if no company details are shown contact the host and ask them for them, it is very rare that a registered company will not display there registered company details. The registered details should include the company name and a company registration number (Some may just display the company name, you can search the company name in Google to see if the company exists).
- Support – Look for a live chat on the host, this is a very common practice in hosts. If no live chat is present don’t worry as they may not have it (or the live chat may be offline). In most cases we recommend asking a few questions on live chat, or submitting a support ticket in the host support section, get to know your host as you will be giving your money to them. By doing this you will be able to see how fast support is and start building an opinion on what you think to the host.
- Cheap is not always good – running a server can be expensive, and hosts are always trying to regulate prices to make them more affordable. Sometimes paying a little extra may be for the best to ensure you are receiving the best quality server for your needs. $20/£12 for a 16GB server a month is something very cheap, and most likely at this price the host will not be able to maintain this server or there hosting company. PLEASE NOTE: Some plans are really cheap due to the amount of players they have and the specifications you get. So don’t always think that is $5/£3 cheap and rubbish.
- Terms and conditions – although this word may be boring, it is important to read the host’s terms and conditions. Some of the reasons to read these are; you are aware of business practices, additional costs, cancellation rules, and any other important details. Reading terms and conditions can pay off some companies have nasty hidden fee’s which are often stated in the terms and conditions.
- Finally – check how long the host has been running, you can do this by looking in the hosts about section as it may stated when they started operating, or look at when the hosts registered their business if the host you are thinking of going with is registered. If you can’t do any of the previous ask your host, but see if you can get them to back up with some form of evidence. You don’t want to get lied to because they see you as money.
Always remember that the host should value you as a customer and never ever neglect you. If you fear you are being neglected by your host, get a backup of your server and leave.
Personal recommendations for a host:
Here are some of my personal recommendation for a host to go with, I have tried these all in the past and have had a successful experience with them.
- MCProHosting – https://mcprohosting.com/
- EnviousHost – https://www.envioushost.com/
- Nitrous Networks – http://nitrous-networks.com/
- ApexMinecraftHosting – https://apexminecrafthosting.com/
- VeryGames – http://www.verygames.co.uk/
- CubedHost – https://cubedhost.com/
Got a host reccomendation? Let me know by email – firstname.lastname@example.org