Minecraft is an independently released multiplayer game. It has become so popular on the internet that many people are looking into hosting their own server of the game. Basically, players want to run their own game for their friends, or to host the game for a whole new team of players. Finding a game server VPS is the easiest route to take in getting your own personal Minecraft VPS set up.
Hosting a Minecraft server on a home computer, or dedicated server, is possible. Unfortunately, it can also be very laggy when more than one or two people are playing, or expensive to set up. As an alternative, there are quite a few companies offering Virtual Private Server (VPS) technology for hosting Minecraft servers. The main factor to consider in the cost of the VPS hosting is the amount of RAM necessary to maintain the server. The more players, the more RAM necessary to host the game.
Technically, the VPS server should offer around 1 GB of RAM per 10 players or so. The hard drive should be 60 GB at minimum. The upload and download rates need to be around 10 MB each. Finally, the processor should be 1.5 GHz or faster.
Setting up the VPS with the Minecraft server is very simple. The only thing necessary on the VPS is the minimum system requirements, the Java client and the Minecraft server. Simply install a Java client that is version 1.6 or higher. Next, unzip and install the Minecraft server. You can find the Minecraft beta server software here. Finally, launch the server and you will enter the setup process.
One of the biggest benefits of VPS compared to hosting in other ways, including shared hosting, is the aspect of server control. Immediate changes to the Minecraft server, such as spawning items and allowing members, are possible with administration controls, which you have full access to on your Minecraft VPS Server. VPS hosting also allows the admin to integrate mods for the community of players on your Minecraft Server. Modifications to the server can be one of the attributes that sets your Minecraft Server apart from the rest.
After your VPS hosting service is activated and you have installed the Minecraft server, there are still many choices to be made in your Minecraft setup and various administration options. With the game server VPS set up, you can now choose to install mods and begin selecting the many options that will make you server unique.