This quick and simple tutorial will show you how to make your own Minecraft Server for free and let other people connect to it. We'll be using a Minecraft Server hosting provider that will set everything up for us. If you'd rather set up and host the server yourself, see How to host a Minecraft Server.
We'll be using Server.pro to set up a free Minecraft Server.
Go to https://server.pro. Once there, you should see a button that looks like this:
Click Get Your Server Now to continue. From here on we'll be following the setup guide that Server.pro walks us through.
Enter a hostname. This will be the IP that other players use to connect to your server. Make sure it isn't already taken:
Choose your location as either North America or Europe.
Next you'll need to select the type of Minecraft Server that you want to run. I'll be choosing Spigot, which is an optimized version of CraftBukkit. Stick to the options on the left pane if you don't want to spend any money. The ones on the right will cost a little bit of money.
Choose 0.5 GB for the amount of memory that your server will have. This isn't a lot, and you won't be able to have many players on your server with this amount, but this is free. Also choose Hourly for the Cycle, as it is free. This means you will need to renew your server every hour in order to keep it running.
You're almost done! Now you'll need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click Signup. Go through the signup process to make an account for your Minecraft Server. Sometimes you'll be put in a queue since these are free servers. This is usually only a few minutes. In my case, it was about 10 seconds. When you're next up in the queue you'll be shown a button to start your server. Click this button to claim your server!
Server.pro lets you add a predefined list of plugins to your server. While not the full control you'd have if you were running your server yourself, there are still plenty of plugin options. Now that your server is started, you can share your IP with your friends and they will be able to connect to your server!
McGuys has a list of servers submitted by server owners. Submitting your minecraft server IP to our server list is a great way to attract new players.
Click here to add your minecraft server to the McGuys server list.
This guide will show you how to install Spigot on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) and open it up for other players to connect. This will require $3.50 depending on the options that you choose.