Planhacker: Australian Minecraft Server Hosting

Hosting a Minecraft server is a great way to get your block on. But if you don't want to run it on your own machine, what are your hosting options? We've rounded up every Australian Minecraft hosting offer we could find so you can compare.

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If you're running a home server it's relatively straightforward to install Minecraft on it, but that option doesn't work for everyone. Using a hosted provider means that you don't have to keep a machine running 24/7, and saves you from having to maintain the system. The downside is that you'll have to pay a monthly fee.

The cheapest Minecraft hosting plans tend to originate from the US, where entry-level prices are often around $5 a month. However, the lag from connecting to an offshore server can create major problems for Australian players. (If you do use a US host, then aim for one on the West Coast.) In this roundup, we've only looked at Minecraft hosting offered in Australia. While this is more expensive (reflecting the higher cost of bandwidth in the smaller Australian market), there's not much value in paying for a cheaper service if it's all but unusable.

For each provider, we've listed the per-month cost; how much RAM the plan provides (cheaper plans have less RAM, but sub-512MB amounts won't support many players); the recommended number of player slots; whether the plan includes support for Bukkit and Tekkit; and any included slots for Mumble voice chat. Note that the calculation of how many player slots a given server can support is not an exact science; if you're running Tekket, for instance, you're likely to see much lower numbers. Some providers will strictly enforce the numbers; others will let you set your own limit (we've listed this as 'User' in the table). Some providers offer discounts if you sign up for longer-term contracts.

The full listing is in the embedded table below. You can click on the column headings to sort and filter, so you can look only at plans with a certain amount of RAM models or sort everything in order of price. You can also maximise the table with the control in the bottom right corner for easy access. We've included links to each provider below the table.

One local provider we didn't include in the main table is Treepuncher because of the complexity of its pricing model. Treepuncher charges per user, with additional fees if you want to use Bukkit or Tekkit. If you want to run a very large server on dedicated hardware, Servers With Alan is also another local option.

Additions? Corrections? Recommendations? Tell us in the comments.

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Comments

    I host a 512MB server at home - the PC is also my HTPC/DLNA media server, so having it on full-time is no big deal.

    If you don't want to host it on your own hardware but don't mind installing and setting up a server, you can start an Amazon EC2 instance (of which there is now a Sydney region for good ping) and run your server off that for cheaper than any of these options (instance size depending).

    There are plenty of tutorials around on how to do this if you search for them.

      I assume that unlike EC2 the servers above are (at least partially) managed. Not a big deal for some, but a deal-breaker for others.

      Last edited 11/01/13 11:05 pm

        Definitely the case - most customers (at least our clientele) aren't server management experts and do need to take advantage of support services that hosts have on offer.

    From what I understand and have witnessed, running a Minecraft server is pretty tasking and you will need some friends to hop on board with you to be Admins and Mods to keep the players happy. Sure you can white-list everyone but like any game there are going to be griefers and hackers once you start advertising your happy server onto minecraft.net.

    The table is not displaying for me :(

    Shame because I am actually about to start looking for hosting. I've been running a server from home hardware for about 6 months now, mainly tekkit, and am at the point where I need to switch to something hosted.

      Here's the direct link to the hosted sheet (table): https://skydrive.live.com/view.aspx/Public/PlanhackerMinecraftServers.xlsx?cid=a23809cb725530e8&id=documents&authkey=!AOSGKjFcIF9kN9Y&

    Thanks for featuring us in the article!

    We're offering 50% off the first month of our Minecraft servers to any LifeHacker readers who are interested in testing out hosting in Australia.
    To take advantage of the offer, just order a server through our site and during the checkout, enter the promo code:

    LifeHacker

    We're happy to honour this special for all LifeHacker readers - so maybe this could be included in the table?

    Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding our sale or services.

    Again, thanks for featuring us in the article.

    Joe Simmons
    Customer Relations Manager
    WombatServers.com.au

    Last edited 13/01/13 4:01 pm

    PickleHosting is currently offering $25/GB in Sydney, Australia for the first 20 customers in our new AU openining. (Additionally, after that our prices will go back to $28/GB).

    If you want this current deal shoot an email at sales@picklehosting.com

    It's a shame we were a bit late and couldn't be reviewed though :( No worries.

    Chris Vanek
    Board Director
    Picklehosting.com.au

    Thank you Angus for featuring us in this article,

    Streamline Servers Australia would just like to post an update on our current pricing! Releasing a new package which boasts one of the cheapest plans in Australia!

    Standard Hosting:
    $20 Per GB of RAM

    Premium Hosting:
    $25 Per GB of RAM

    We have also recently installed our 9th dedicated server box, which has the latest hardware and firmware that our Sydney based data centre has to offer. The installation of our new box means we are now having a 35% off all Minecraft sales to all new customers for their first month!

    Promo code: streamline35
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    Links:
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    Regards,
    Callum Hansford
    Streamline Servers Australia

    If you're looking for an Australian minecraft community have a look at us.

    The IP is: factions.sheen.id.au

    We offer multiple other servers aswell! Best thing is, we're hosted in Australia with some amazing hardware :)

    Thank you Angus for featuring us in this article!

    STIPE, being the oldest hosting provider in Australia have stepped up even further in the Minecraft Hosting Industry. We would like to advise of our new advanced servers which allows us to drop prices of all our Minecraft servers while maintaining our great support and premium quality servers.

    Our prices are now as follows, (Are you able to update your spreadsheet with these prices?)
    320MB RAM ($4.95)
    512MB RAM ($9.95)
    756MB RAM ($12.95) VALUE OFFER!
    1GB! RAM ($19.95)
    1.5GB! RAM ($29.95)
    2GB RAM ($39.95)
    2.5GB RAM ($49.95)
    3GB RAM ($59.95)
    4GB RAM ($74.95)

    Unlimited Slots, Full FTP, Beautiful and easy Control Panel
    Flexibility to run any mod like Tekkit, FTB, and custom Jar file
    Console Access and much much more!

    Please see our website for all the details: www.stipe.com.au

    Regards,
    Mike K
    STIPE Servers Australia

      After running a server with stipe for over a month, I can confirm that stipe is by far the best minecraft server host in Australia. The best prices, absolutely no lag or performance issues, and most importantly the admins (crazy!) are super friendly and very supportive and will solve any of your queries. These guys are awesome, you should definitely try them out!

        They must be paying you. I had the opposite experience. Nothing works and support doesnt respond,

      Dont touch this mob. I paid them and my client wouldnt connect so I tried their ticket system - broken in all browsers (and for a long time according online comments). Ok forums - registrations suspended (a while ago - no suprise). Emails - multiples sent to all accounts on their site - nothing back.
      They declare 5 -10 mins support and 5 day money back.
      I just walked away having donated $25 to these scam artists.
      Avoid.

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