on 10 December 15
Minecraft has quickly proven to be one of the most popular games of the past decade, even though itâs nothing like the modern desktop and console games released every week. Unlike other popular games today, Minecraft offers players the ability to choose whether they want to play on a public server or run their own with as much players as they want.
Despite the fact that Minecraft can be run on pretty much any computer, hosting your own game server requires fast hard drive transfer speed, enough RAM to support all players and high-speed internet connection to ensure seamless gameplay. While many prefer to host their Minecraft servers on their own physical servers, sometimes this results in poor gaming experience due to lack of technological resources or by the use of outdated hardware. The easier and quite often cheaper way around this is to seek help from a hosting a company. Here are the main options for selecting a suitable hosting for your Minecraft server:
The Minecraft Slot System
Probably the most expensive option available today for Minecraft players is the slot system, where they are asked to pay a certain fee for a slot on the server. What most people doesnât seem to realize is that slots are just one part of the equation - after them you will need to add certain amount of RAM and also extra for any other feature you end up choosing.
Letâs consider for example you are looking for a Minecraft server for 40 players, which require approximately 2 GB RAM. With a Minecraft Slot System you are likely to pay $20-$25 for the slots needed for these players and then an extra $30-$40 for the additional RAM needed.
Minecraft Specific Hosts
The rapidly growing popularity of Minecraft lead to the development of an entirely new service by hosting companies - Minecraft specific hosts. These often come with instant setup and specially developed control panel, which will make maintenance much easier. Furthermore, the prices of the services offered by such companies are much lower.
Letâs use the example mentioned above once more - you are looking to host a server for 40 people and 2 GB RAM. If you choose specific Minecraft server hosting, from for example Brink Hosting, you will end up paying $19.99 a month for everything you need and you will also receive few premium features, which will enhance the gameplay even further.
Virtual Private Server
If you know your way around Linux or Windows, a virtual private server or VPS could be the best choice for you. Since Linux is an open source operational system, the servers using it are generally cheaper than these that use Windows.
For the server we used in the previous examples, the cost is approximately between $20 and $50 depending entirely on the provider you choose. Customer support is the main factor to consider here, especially if you are rather new to this. Itâs always better to trust reputable hosting provider with live support, not just go for the cheapest option on the market with limited to no support.
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