Don’t know how to set up a Minecraft server for free? keep reading to learn everything you need to know to start running your own custom server without charge and with tons of benefits that will improve your game experience.
Why would I need my own Minecraft Server?
There are two principal reasons why most people use an external Minecraft server software instead of having the game on their computer:
One of the most striking benefits of having a Minecraft server is that you can play with your friends on the same game server address. Normally, if you want to play with your friends, you have to pay an expensive monthly fee for Minecraft to provide a private world for you and your friends, but with our external Minecraft server, you can play with other people for free.
Running a game like Minecraft on your own computer can be difficult because it contains full worlds with graphics, mods, etc. It is a heavy game with high hardware and RAM demands that consumes a lot of your CPU capacity, so gamers that don’t have a computer able to handle it experience low latency issues and have the game performing poorly in general.
The solution to all of that is to run the game on a remote server like MyHostingLive’s one as it has some server properties such as unlimited bandwidth that help the user run the game smoothly.
Why is the Minecraft server’s IP Address Important?
Your server IP address is the private location (on your local network) where your Minecraft server is set, it is important if you want your private server to be available for other people to join you — with the external IP address — and play with you (in a multiplayer game as explained above).
To do so, the other players have to be able to establish a connection with your public IP address (which is from where the server is connected to the internet) through a port forwarding setup that you do beforehand from your own network/router configuration. Remember that this doesn’t affect your internet connection, you will only allow your friends to find your port number while you use that same internet connection to play as normal.
What is Port Forwarding for?
If you want to get your private Minecraft server to play with some friends in the same world/seed in a multiplayer game, port forwarding (or port mapping) is something vital that you need to enable on your router.
Port forwarding is a method for rerouting contact requests while incoming packages of information pass through a network, or in easier words, it is a feature that your router configuration has included for people to enable in case they want to make the server they are running from that IP address accessible to people in other locations with a different internet connection (a different port number and IP address).
This allows other people’s computers (which are connected to their own internet’s private network) to get connected to your server address (which is also private) so that you all can play together and use the same server —. If you want to know a little more about this or configure port forwarding on your router, click here to read a pretty helpful article in which you will find the instructions to do so.
Benefits of having your own Minecraft server with MyHostingLive
When you make a Minecraft server with MyHostingLive you get a lot of benefits that go from the server properties to advantages that MyHostingLive offers as a hosting provider, the main benefits are:
- Control panel: full control over your server settings/server setup.
- Unlimited automatic backups (up to 3 backups on your server per week).
- Access to different game versions such as vanilla Minecraft, sky block, faction servers, etc.
- Updated Minecraft server folder versions: we are constantly updating all server files (server configuration files, server properties files, etc.) for you to have the latest version of java working on your world.
- To make a Minecraft server doesn’t have any charge, all Minecraft servers along with the other hosting services provided by MyHostingLive are 100% free.
- Minecraft servers can be modded if you want to and have unlimited bandwidth and unlimited slots. In addition, you can choose where you want your server to be located to improve the server’s speed (which by the way can be also chosen, you can get any Minecraft server version).
How to Set Up a Minecraft Server with MyHostingLive
- Click on the “Free Minecraft Hosting” tab located on the “services” menu list on MyhostingLive’s home page.
- You will be taken to the page for Minecraft servers, where you can find more information about this service and the advantages of using MyHostingLive to host your own Minecraft server. You will also find a list of server locations there, please begin the process by selecting the closest data center to your location.
- After choosing the server location, you must click “get started” to continue with the setup of your individual account with MyHostingLive (if you already have an account please ignore this step and continue)
- You must write your email address on the “download membership code” part to continue with the creation of your account, remember that this is a key step as this is how we ensure that only you have your account’s access.
- After downloading the membership code, please start the verification process to authenticate both your identity and your account (this verification of identification is enabled on MyHostingLive for security reasons).
- Once you’re done, go into your account and launch the installation and immediate setup of your own Minecraft server software from the “download” page. Keep in mind that this process is completely free of charge and that the game server’s control panel is at your disposal in case you want to customize your own server to your liking.