Minecraft Server question.

Posted February 9, 2015 20k views

I am currently looking to run a Minecraft server, and I am sure many people have asked about this before, but I will be very specific as to what I need:

I want a server that can hold ~15 (10-20, not sure) mods, with a peak of 10-20 (average 5-10) players at a time. I am curious which droplet would best suit my needs? I do know how to setup the server and run it through here, but my main concern is getting the right plan from the get-go.

Off the top of my head I would assume the $10 plan would be sufficient, but I want to make sure that I wouldn’t need the $20 one.

Additionally, I would want to host a TS server (again just for 5-10 people) + possibly a small website in the future.

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For this size server I would recommend the 2GB droplet. While it may be possible to run this on a 1GB droplet you would see the best performance on the larger size and doing some searching online shows that many places recommend 2GB of RAM for 20-40 players.

Whichever you select I would also recommend enabling swap on your droplet to prevent the server from crashing should your available memory be used up.

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  • Thanks for the advice, I’ve been looking around a bit and most people either refrain from mentioning plugin amount or average playerbase, but I will go with your suggestion I think - I would like to ask though, if I buy a 1GB one to start, can I upgrade to a 2gb one later?

  • Absolutely. I run two personal minecraft servers myself on droplets. One is on a 1GB droplet with a 1GB swap file and works just fine for 5-10 players. The other is on a 2GB droplet with a 2GB swap file but is currently seeing little traffic.

    If after starting out on a 1GB droplet you decide you are ready to upgrade you would just need to power down the droplet and resize it from the control panel.