John D. Williams enjoys handicrafts including making canes and walking sticks and playing "Minecraft."
Best Minecraft Servers: A Guide to Choosing the Right Server for Your Gaming Experience
Looking for the best Minecraft server may seem like an ordeal, but when you bear a few important things in mind, finding a good server to play on will bring you heaps of rewards. Not only are these rewards player-focused but they also add to the gaming community itself. Just as in life, how you spend your time is not limitless, so why waste time on a Minecraft server where the admin and moderators do nothing to prevent excessive cheating (through block id manipulation) or excessive griefing, or when they lack the resources to build an established community spirit?
Personally I prefer vanilla as it allows me to build up my crafting without constantly being attacked or having my hard work destroyed. A lot of servers do operate a "non-griefing" policy which works well as long as the admin are able to keep the policy active. Generally private servers are the best for this. Most servers also allow customised Minecraft skins to be used, which is excellent.
Check the Server's Website and Forum
This may seem obvious but looking at how the mods/admin and indeed owner of the servers run their website will give an indication as to how they run their server. A good Minecraft server will undoubtedly have a fun thriving web base presence. A good website focused on the rules of the server in question will help you fit in with the gaming community at large.
Simply add the server IP address into your game and join the server.
Does the Server Match Your Playing Style: Survival, Creative, PvP?
Understanding the difference between Survival and Creative servers will help you focus your time and ensure your happening whilst playing Minecraft.
Survival will focus on surviving the Mobs, horrors as well as other players within The Minecraft sever. Check to see if the server you are considering has PvP and Survival enabled. At first you may find it hard to survive such PvP attacks from diamond wielding players, especially considering they can steal all your equipment and collected items.
If you consider Survival Minecraft the epitome of a good server you may do well to head towards a more Creative based server. This has the advantage of allowing you to mine craft and build your structures as you see fit without trying to survive mobs and other players attacks.
Crashes and Lag Issues
It’s fair to say that every server experiences crashes, hacker attacks, and lag. No server is constantly up 100% of the time, but a good Minecraft server will have a very high “up-time”. Good servers will indicate a true picture of their “up-time” for all to say. Any server that professes to be up 100% of the time is hiding something.
You may want to consider the geographical location of your server that you choose to play on as this will affect the lag-issues common with the world-wide web multiplayer experience common to all online gaming.
Elements of a Good Minecraft Server
- Look out for extras like a booming Town economy. Selling your crafted items in as well raw building materials will help boost your server based currency allowing you to purchase items instead of mining or gathering them.
- Added extras like voting for cash (in-game Minecraft currency set by the server owner) as well as a Lottery can add to the community feeling.
- Make sure you are aware of any "freebies" that may help and also look if there is an active trade town.
- Ensure that the server has a valid IP Address.
What About Bukkit and Whitelist?
Bukkit for Minecraft basically enhances the server with a host of additional functions and added features allowing for greater gaming experiences. The use of additional features may not be to everyone’s taste though. Furthermore Bukkit allows for added add-ons from Minecraft developers whether private or commercial.
Whitelist is a way of checking out players before they join a server. Consider it a screening process that ensures the server only allows people who have registered with the Minecraft website/forum to play.
Check What Anti-Cheat Mods Are Added to Your Server
It’s always advisable to ascertain what anti-cheat mods are running so you can be sure your experience is a fair one. Playing fair and understanding the rules of Minecraft are for the benefit of everyone.
Remember to follow the rules! Do not break them or expect to receive the wrath of the Moderators. Often a good server will have a “no swearing” rule in chat as well as enforcing the English language is a default language used.
Follow the Rules!
Always, always make sure you read and follow the server rules before you join. These rule boards are usually found at the spawn point (in-game) and are listed at the server’s main website. Having an understanding of what is and what isn’t allowed will save you loads of grief later on. It can also help you getting started as most servers have “freebies” for new players.
Make sure you grasp what you can do to other players and if there are any designated PvP areas to either avoid or go to depending on what you like to do in Minecraft. With the rules firmly understood you can either opt to join the server or look for something else that suits your wants and needs.
Where Do You Find the Server IP Addresses?
Personally searching for the ideal server is relatively easier today than when the game was running in its Beta phase. A whole host of dedicated server lists are widely available; however I would recommend the following links as ideal places to find the server you’re seeking:
Finding the right server remains well worth the effort as you'll experience the true sense and depth of this truly amazing game!
Did you find this article on "Minecraft" servers useful?
MC64F on August 22, 2018:
Hi, this is my favorite server. We normally have 5-12 players online and everyone is really nice and helpful, I put the server description below and I would love to see you on!
Join us today for the most unique & best Towny experience!
- Server online 24/7 - Always up.
- MCMMO (nerfed & made more compatible with PvP)
- WAR EVENTS
- DEDICATED AND WELL-BUILT ECONOMY
- CONSTANTLY UPDATING THE SERVER AND ADDING NEW FEATURES
- Well trained staff, helpers, moderators, admins to help with your needs.
- A player driven market that you can buy and sell on!
- Great donor packages
Btw, You will be amazed of how good the server is when you come to check it out.
seth on October 15, 2017:
do you do bad server
Loradae on February 14, 2015:
Todcuhown! That's a really cool way of putting it!
johndwilliams (author) from Essex England on March 13, 2012:
Good luck Donkey Kong Minecraft is a briliant game very simple yet terribly addictive - the community is very unique unlike any other game I have seen - cheers!
DonkeyKongKiller from Texas on March 13, 2012:
Thanks for writing this. I'm terrible with computers and I've been wanting to do minecraft online, but I can't figure any of it out. This should get me started.