Minecraft is currently one of the most popular games worldwide, having recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Minecrafters worldwide play together on servers such as Hypixel and 2b2t. Some people even host their own servers either for friends or try to start a huge community. Today we will review, in our opinion, the best server hosts for Minecraft.
If you wish to order a server and host a scalable server cost effectively, keep reading.
Our top picks in this review are renown throughout the community for being the best hosting out there, having great quality and customer support. In the table below we have outlined each providers services for Minecraft hosting.
But what actually makes a good host?
Server hardware and customer support.
But what does good server hardware look like?
Server processors such as Intel Xeon or AMD Ryzen are a must when hosting a scalable server. These processors are specifically tailored for running servers in multiple threads - this means more workers doing more work.
RAM is a term thrown all over the place in the world of hosting. At its core, the amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) you have decides how fast your server can process data. The larger the amount of RAM on your Minecraft server, the better, but only in very specific use cases. If you plan on hosting a small server with not much going on in terms of loading chunks or overloading them, you will only need somewhere from 2-6GB of RAM. A large server with lots going on however, will need somewhere from 8-16GB and if this isn't enough then you're looking at a huge project.
Server Storage is another important topic. Fast storage drives such as NVME SSDs are essential to serving data - this means world load times and chunk loading. Always look for the latest hardware.
Now what does good customer support look like?
At the very least, your host should have 24/7 support. This means at any hour, any day of the week you will be attended to. Server upkeep is crucial and providers know this. If you have an issue, your provider must answer quickly and for these reasons we've picked hosts with top notch customer support.
Apex Hosting is a top candidate when it comes to both of these areas, bringing exceptional customer support to server owners for years on end.
Ok. We've talked about server hardware and customer support, but what about location?
It's a no brainer that you will want to pick a location near you so your connection will be as fast as possible. But it's also crucial to think of your player base. If you're located in Australia and your player base is based in the US, it's probably a smart choice to host in the US.
What about host havoc?
At the end of the day, your decision on who to host with comes down to your personal needs in the host. Make sure to read the entire review before making a decision.
Now for our top pick. Personally, having hosted with shockbyte before, I found their services slightly lacking in terms of speed. Now whilst we haven't quite hosted a Minecraft server with Apex, they certainly seem to us, and the community, to be the best Minecraft server host out there. You can order a server with them now here, or look back on your options.