Hello and a very warm welcome to Playerlands. We hope to help you with the end goal of making some dough from your Minecraft server!

First things first, we actually need to setup a server to begin! There's 2 main options here; you can either self-host (like a pro!) or pay a server hosting company to host a server for you. This guide will help you self-host a server if that's what you want to do, that means it'll run on your own PC.

Examples of server hosting companies include, but are not limited to: GGServers, Apex Hosting, Bisect Hosting (we these guys, use code PLAYERLANDS for a discount!) & Pebblehost.

Note that if you're playing Minecraft on the same PC you're hosting your server on, it might slow in-game performance down!
Step 1: Choose a server type

The server type is what type of server you'll run, there are 3 main ones; these are Spigot (otherwise known as Paper or Bukkit), Forge (for modded servers) and Vanilla (standard Minecraft).

The server type you'll need if you wish to monetize your server with us is Spigot (or any of it's variants!). We are working on a release for Forge that's coming soon!

To get a Spigot server up and running if you're with a server hosting company, simply choose Spigot as your server type and you're off!

If you're self-hosted, you'll need to first get your server setup. Now we know we need to use Spigot, lets proceed to...

Step 2: Actually setting up your server

First, you'll need to download an application called BukkitGUI here. This will be the layer that lets you, as a user, interact with the server software easily!

Second, you'll need to setup BukkitGUI, this is easily done! Simply move BukkitGUI into it's own folder on your desktop. Call the folder "MyServer" or something like that, as it's where your server files are going to call home.

Third, start up BukkitGUI, you'll see it opens with a loading window for a split second, then it fully loads up for you. The screen you're looking at is the server console, this is where all the errors and warnings, along with startup logs are displayed.

Fourth, head along to the Superstart tab. If you haven't already, you'll need to Download Java from here! Once it's installed, under "Java Version" select "Alternative Java Path" and you'll see that you can select a file. Select: This PC > Local Disk > Program Files > Java > jre<version> > bin > java.exe (you need to double-click java.exe!)

Finally, you'll then Download Spigot from here. and put it into your MyServer folder, or wherever you've put your BukkitGUI file. You'll then need to double-click "JAR File" under the Superstart tab and click your Spigot JAR file you've just downloaded and moved into your MyServer folder. Easy!

Step 3: Blast off!

First, select the right amount of RAM you want your server to use, also on the Superstart tab. You'll find a Minimum and Maximum slider on there! Do not select more RAM than half your system RAM. Ideally you want to put it on 1GB less than half of your RAM.

Second, press start while on the "General" tab. You should find that your server starts up promisingly aaand then... shuts down again. You need to accept the EULA!

Third, you'll want to go to the folder where your server files are, then double click eula.txt - when in your text editor just change false to true and save the file. Then try starting your server again!

Okay, so this time it should work, this time we should have BLAST OFFFF! Good luck to you on your mission. If you'd like to follow our next episode (ahem I mean guide) then please follow this link here to get Playerlands installed on your server so you can make some of that YouTube (ahem server) moneyyyyyyyy!

You'll need to port-forward your router on port 25565 (the default for Minecraft) in order for external networks to connect to your server! There's more info on that here!
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