You can think of a Minecraft server as your personal gaming space, where you control, for example, who gets to play with you. Although you can set it up with your computer, it requires a certain level of technology and networking knowledge.
Without these skills, setting up a server can be a nightmare in more ways than one, leaving you vulnerable to attacks and hacking.
Security isn't the only concern, your bandwidth will also be impacted depending on your internet connection.
Many people don't want to deal with installing and maintaining a Minecraft server. Instead, they hire a hosting company to do the work.
Hosting this type of game server is very similar to hosting a website. Storage of website files including images, videos, etc. in web hosting. Owned by a third party. The hoster rents the server hardware on which the website runs – without this equipment the website would of course not exist.
Game server hosting is similar, and like web hosting, there is a monthly fee to rent a server. At this point you may be wondering if the cost justifies this type of service?
Let's start with the benefits and look at some pros and cons of running your Minecraft server through a hosting company:
Improving security and privacy . As I've heard hundreds of times, joining public IPs (3rd party Minecraft servers) increases the risk of your data being stolen one way or another. Running the server yourself can have obvious advantages in security monitoring.
Install modpacks individually, why not? Modding just got easier, and with so many mod packs on your Minecraft server, who's stopping you from improving your gaming experience as much as you want?
Ability to generate income . Well, that might take a long time, but if you think you can discount the slim odds, this could be a good reason to invest in a Minecraft server. As a general rule, it's not recommended to keep a server afloat on simple (expected) donations - max it out if you can. Successful Minecraft servers can start making a profit, but remember that it often takes a great deal of effort - not to mention a lot of nerves - to become visible.
You are in total control . Not that you have to be a control freak to enjoy this feature, but running a Minecraft server puts you in control - setting limits and permissions, issuing commands, setting rules, and more. You become the master of your own Minecraft destiny, so to speak.
However, there are also some disadvantages, such as:
Housing problems are inevitable . Running a Minecraft server is not about creating order and rules. Hosting issues are the number one reason for Minecraft servers to go down. At first glance, this seems to be a relatively easy path, but it can also have difficult sides. Consider switching hosts for a while until you find the one that works best for you, as each individual host has issues getting the server running.
Spend more coins . As we mentioned earlier, hosting is expensive in itself, and trying to get a discount can help make your Minecraft server more popular. You should definitely consider the possibility that you will incur costs due to long-term server maintenance.