Since it was first created by Markus Persson in 2009, Minecraft has become phenomenally popular, with many millions of players building their own world within the world of the game. One of the most compelling features of Minecraft is the ability to create your own version of that world running on a server. Unfortunately, many balk at the idea of managing their own Minecraft server. But, it’s not really all that complicated. Once you’ve done the research and run through the installation process a couple of times, it will become second nature.
Creating a self-hosted Minecraft server is a natural extension of the game’s builder ethic, but the first step of that process — choosing a hosting platform — can be daunting for people who haven’t tangled with servers and hosting before. To help you out, we’re going to take a look at your hosting options and run through a few of the factors you’ll need to keep in mind to give you and your users the best possible Minecraft experience.