Wow the amazing world of Minecraft! Now you are in charge of your own server! Okay, I paid for my server, and got my IP! But.... now what? Wheres all the fun admin commands I see on Youtube? Why cant I break anything when I first spawn? Why are monsters spawning on peaceful?! HELP!
First of Relax, and take a deep breath! Lets take a few minutes getting to know how to take care of our server a little better!
To start lets go ahead and find ourselves an FTP Client. What is an FTP Client and why is it Important? Well FTP Stands for File Transfer Protocol and these programs are used to send files too, and from, your server. This will be important to install Mods, edit server properties, and backing up your server! I personally use Filezilla because it is efficient and free. Your FTP Client is going to need a little bit of information in order to connect to your server. This information can be found in your User Control Panel at Gameservers. Find the server you wish to have FTP access to and click the little Config wrench next to its name, now it will list your FTP Login information! Once you have set up your FTP you can start editing, adding, and deleting files from your server!
Update(1/30/2013)! Here is a link for installing and setting up Filezilla FTP With Pictures!
FTP Install and Setup guide (With Pictures)
Pro-Tip:Make sure to back up your server every time you are about to make changes! We would hate to see you lose everything!
Some of the base things you are going to need to do now is get familiar with your server files, Importantly there is your:
- Editable Server Files
Okay, cool, I got some weird files, now what?
Its as simple as opening them with wordpad, or notepad, whichever you would like.
Your Server Properties file :
Here you can choose a lot of the worlds basic options, for a full in detail list of what each property does visit the Minecraftwiki
UPDATED, How to edit this file!
- Yes we have been limited on our access of certain files, SERVER.PROPERTIES being one of them. The only way to edit these files is now to;
- (Recommended) Backup server
- Log into Gameservers Control Panel
- Find the server you wish to edit
- Choose the 'Config' icon. this tab will allow us to edit those files VIA web editor.
- Look for which file you wish to edit. In this case choose SERVER.PROPERTIES
- Load the config with the load icon.
- Edit what you need edited
- Click the save icon.
- Restart server.
Your Operators/Server Admins file
With the ops.txt you can add server operators, make sure only to put people you trust on here as they come with a lot of in game commands that can allow them to change server properties within game! For a list of all the operator commands visit Minecraftwiki
An example ops.txt/white-list.txt/banned-players.txt is as followed:
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All of the user files (white-list.txt/ops.txt/banned-players.txt/banned-ip.txt) are done the same way! So keep note of that!
Whos Allowed to play?
In your proporties file there is a line
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A white-list is a file that tells your server what users are allowed to connect to your server, this is great for families who don't want people they don't know connecting to there server, preventing any harassment or griefing to there families server. The downside to this is that every time someone new wishes to join you have to find there username and add it to the white list, either with the /white-list command in game or by editing the white-list.txt file. Alternatively if you don't use the white-list the server will use the Banned lists, to block anyone on these lists from joining. By default your server DOES NOT use the white-list to use the white-list simply change the above code to
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Other things you should know about your server before you get started!
Spawn (Which is 100x100 block area where you FIRST POP UP) in a server is protected, It isn't allowed to be edited to prevent griefers from filling it with lava, or removing the ground under your feet so when you spawn you are in a pit. This can be changed though with the support of a plugins manager, and plugins!
Alright Ty, I think I'm getting the hang of this , Now what about Bukkit and Plugins? Now that I'm an OP I can break spawn area, but what if I want my members to be able to edit spawn too
Now since this guide focuses on setting up a server and not setting up each plug-in, and the fact that there are millions!, I am going to give a basic run down on how to install a plug in manager, and how to install its plugins.