The Ender Skull
IGN(minecraft username): Princessbellle28[/i]
Skype(PM it to me if needed): I have no skype but I do have gmail.[/i]
Do you have a YouTube account: Used to, got distracted,only had like 3 people who liked it.[/i]
Will you upload videos: yeah probably twice a month at least.[/i]
Have you ever been banned from a server: once. It was false ban, Someone said I was a hacker, but I hadn't even started playing xD[/i]
Have you used mods before: yes I have.[/i]
Can you run big mod packs with reasonable FPS?: I could.[/i]
Do you use Discord?(if not get it here Discordapp.com): Nope, but I will get it if I'm accepted[/i]
Do you have a mic: yes.[/i]
Do you think you're mature enough: Pretty much. I am a girl, so I have my mood swings. But other then that I'm normally pretty mature, [/i]
Will you respect rules? Yes, I almost always follow rules.[/i]
Why do you think you will be a great addition: well[/i]
I'm a cherry fellow with a big heart, who would love to have fun with you guys.[/i]
This channel seems amazing![/i]
How do you own a successful server? A very commonly asked question, and commonly posted reply. It's not the easiest thing in the world, but if you follow these steps, it may not be the hardest.
These steps won't just make your server successful though, they just tell you what a good server does and does not have. You still need to do a lot of the work.
Staff are an essential part of your server. They help enforce the rules and make sure your server better. I'd organize the staff into three of four groups. The moderators, the admins, and the owner (You).
The moderators enforce the rules, and punish those who choose to disobey them. You must create the rules. The rules are what you want the players NOT to do on the server. Example; No griefing, no spamming.
The admin is someone who helps the owner with the 'techy' stuff, such as configuring files, and helping the owner. Admins can be ranks such as Administrator, admin, co-owner. Bigger server usually have more ranks, such as tr-mod, mod, head-mod, tr-admin, co-admin, admin, co-owner, etc. When starting, you should start off with two moderators, one admin, and yourself. Then you can hire more as the population increases.
Spending money is a big part of owning a server. Whether you're paying for it, or a parent is paying for it, you'll need to have means of paying for it. You'll need a way to host it, which is most likely going to be paying a host for it, such as MCProHosting or Beastnode. Websites don't nessecarily need to be paid for, but if you want it to look good, you could pay for a website. I, personally, recommend Enjin. It's free, but you can pay for an upgrade if you want it to look better.
Don't think you'll be investing hundreds of dollars into a server though, they're usually pretty cheap, and you can setup a donation store once you get a big player base.
A website is essential. You need a way of contacting players or getting news out if something is urgent or just new. Players will also need a way of contacting you, or other players if they need help. Players can also make new threads or vote for your server using the website. A big thing websites for Minecraft servers can be used for, are donations. Donations keep the server up and running, financially. Many servers will go down because not enough players donate.
D) Be unique.
What's unique about another boring factions server? There are roughly 650,000 factions servers out there. (That's roughly how many times the factions plugin has been downloaded). But have you ever seen an underground adventure, or a server that has a prison located in the sky? Maybe, maybe not. That's the unique thing. You don't find that very often, meaning that players will want to stay because they haven't been on a the same server theme, a hundered times. Of course, it's hard to think of an idea. That's what makes the servers that do have those ideas special. So think of an idea and put it into action.
Make sure to get your server out there. That's what the advertisement lists are for! But how will you get your server to be noticed if there's literally hundreds of thousands of servers? Well, the answer to that: voting. Setup voting so that players can get rewards and help the server get noticed.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER advertise your server on bigger servers. This will make the server seem bad, and get players on that are unwelcome. There are players who grief server that advertise on other servers.
Servers get noticed because they have lots of votes and look neat on the advertising lists.
Patience is important. If you weren't patient enough to just read this list, then you aren't qualified to own a server, considering you expect things too fast. A minecraft server takes quite a bit to build and setup. Put it into beta mode for friends to test, and your staff to help out. Create the server, have people test it, make sure it works, then release it when it's ready. If you just build a small spawn, some rules, and some plugins, the server will look rushed and owned by an immature 11 year old.
What you want to do is spend lots of time configuring files, building a spawn (or having someone else build it if you are incapable, a staff for example), setting some rules, and making your server look mature, and make sure it looks like you took your time).
G) Finally, know what your doing.
Before buying a server, maybe learn how to configure permission nodes, know how plugins work, and know how challenging it is to own a server. Practice prior to buying the server, think of an idea, and then once you know you're ready, buy the server. If you buy the server and have no experience, you'll buy it, then what... Make sure you have your idea, and your knowledge about how a Minecraft server works. If you don't, then you will NOT be a successful owner. For example, if someone wanted to own a huge business which sells phones and tablets (Ahem, Apple), don't you think they'd have to know what they're doing before they start their business? Same thing goes for a Minecraft server.
I hope this helps you. Remember, these steps are just so you know what your doing when you start your server, you need to think of the idea and put it into action when creating a server. If you have a question about your server (e.g, configuring problems, console problems, etc), reply to this and I will do my best to assist you!