Jackson’s 7th birthday was last week and with it came a plethora of presents. One of the presents he was getting was the computer version of Minecraft from my sister. Since he started playing Minecraft years ago, all he has talked about was making our own server so we could play together. I could never do this since he’s never had the full version of Minecraft for the computer. Knowing now that he was getting a copy, I decided to investigate what it would take to make a server for us to play on.
First I decided to make us a nice local, private server. One night after he went to bed I sat up and read what you needed to do to host your own server. Finding out it wasn’t that much at all, I remoted into the Mac Mini upstairs and installed a Minecraft server. After about 30 minutes of playing around, I had us a nice private Minecraft server to play on. I decided to test it for a few days by playing on it at night. It was working well until one day the server crashed on me while I was playing. I had to remote back into the Mac Mini and restart the server. When I logged back into the game, everything was gone. Not a good thing. Feeling frustrated I went to YouTube and looked up some tips and tricks to running a Minecraft server. I found a really good video on the subject, but at the end when it got the tech side of things I found out he was not hosting his server from his home but bought a server. This piqued my curiosity. I rewound the video and found out the service he bought his server from — MCPro Hosting. After looking around at their packages and their offerings, I pulled the trigger and bought a server for 6 months to try out.
The night before his birthday party I wrote up a letting letting him know I bought us our very own Minecraft server. After he opened up all of his other presents I gave him the letter and told him to read it out loud. He was shocked when he got to the part about owning our own server! Later on that night we installed Minecraft onto his computer and setup his server listings.
Even though we own a server, I’ve decided to keep our local server up and running to play around with in case I want to try running mods or something like that. But it’s nice to load up our multiplayer server lists and see that we have 2 private servers we can play on!