How to Make a Minecraft Server

A popular pastime for many Minecraft players is spending time on a Minecraft server. Minecraft servers can be small, Vanilla worlds for you and your friends; or large, public servers full of custom games and plugins.

However big you want your server to be, we’ll show you ways to start it!

Minecraft server list.

Server Hosting

One popular way of owning a server is renting out nodes from a large company. Some examples of popular server hosting companies are:

  • MCProHosting
  • Apex Hosting
  • Pebble Hosting
  • Shockbyte

Each of these server hosting companies range in price and power! Some host discount servers, while others are more expensive, but include more features! 

When you rent a server from a server hosting company, they will automatically give you the IP to your server! If you plan on hosting a vanilla server for some friends, this is all you need to do. But, if you want to host a large, public server, there’s more steps.


If you have ever been on a large Minecraft server, such as Hypixel or Mineplex, you may have noticed a lot of features you would not find in a normal singleplayer world. These are all plugins! 

Plugins are defined as new functions to a host program without altering the host program itself. Plugins range from being entire mini-games to small chat messages.

There are a few different ways to acquire plugins. You can download free plugins from sites such as SpigotMC, or you can hire a developer to make custom plugins just for your server! To upload plugins to your server, you will need to use a FTP client such as FileZilla. 

Overall, starting a Minecraft server is a lengthy and expensive process, but it can be worth it in the end.