In early September 2015, the time had come for me to transfer MCStacker to another virtual server. Previously it was located in New Zealand with OpenHost. I had been using this company for many years with very little issues. The problem was that MCStacker got really popular and I was quickly using up my 30 GB monthly bandwidth allowance. Another reason to move was that most of the visitors to the site were from the US. Some were saying that the page load times were too slow due to the geographical distance to NZ.
I didn’t have to look too hard to find a suitable replacement. I decided to go with Digital Ocean mainly for the insanely low cost and for the excellent reviews it has. The coolest thing about virtual servers is that you get total control with what you run on them. With the plan that I’m currently using I get 1GB of RAM, a 30 GB SSD and 2 TB of bandwidth. So not only can I serve a busy website but I can also allocate 512 MBs for a vanilla Minecraft server. And this only costs $10 per month.
My Minecraft server at bimbimma.com does not really have anything too cool or exciting on it. Although it does have a fun exploding arrow minigame. Other than that it’s basically a vanilla survival map. It’s got some random buildings and weird stuff that my son and his friends built on it. I’ve made it available so that you can see how it performs in the hope that you too might like to purchase some virtual server hosting with Digital Ocean. If you do I’ll receive a referral credit on my account and this will help me with my own hosting costs/MCStacker development. But you have to sign up via my referral link.
My server is based in New York, so the closer you live to there, the better the pings. Playing my server from New Zealand had very little lag. But the nature of lag means that it comes and goes. When you create a virtual server with Digital Ocean you get to chose to base your server in either Amsterdam, Frankfurt, San Francisco, New York, London or Singapore. Choose the region closest to your user’s/player’s location
Allocation of 512 MBs for a Minecraft server should be able to handle about 10 players at once. If you require more players, then you can purchase a bigger plan.To set up a server you will need a little know-how, but there’s always somebody on the Minecraft forums willing to help. There’s even a guide here.
Running and administrating a Minecraft server is lots of fun and you get to learn a lot about server administration. You should give it a go and it’s a great way to share all those cool minigames or adventure maps you’ve made.