Running a server takes time, dedication, and patience. Our guide will tell you how to get started on your new Ready2Frag server.
I GOT MY NEW SERVER... WHAT NOW?
The first step to effectively managing your server is to get used to the Multicraft control panel. If you haven't used it before, it can sometimes be a little bit daunting and confusing. Multicraft offers a a bunch of features like a Console, Web FTP, One-click Plugin Installation, JAR file selection, and much more.
Web FTP (located under Files on the left-hand menu of your server dashboard) allows you to upload small files to your server, such as plugins. Uploads on Web FTP are often slower, and they're much more limited. We recommend using an FTP client for larger files. Please see our guide on FTP clients and usage: http://billing.ready2frag.com/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=10
The Console allows you to keep tabs on server health and commands. If your plugins are throwing any errors, which could be a sign of an outdated, incompatible, or misconfigured plugin, the errors will show up in the Console. Server owners can allow issue commands from the console to manage the server and/or players in-game.
Minecraft servers use the server.properties file for things such as worlds, PvP, difficulty levels, server MOTD, and much more. You can read more on the server.properties file and its settings at the Minecraft wiki: http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Server.properties
You can edit the server.properties file through FTP, or you can use Multicraft's config editor under Files > Config Files > Server Settings.
On your server's main dashboard, you will also find other useful server management features, including the Start, Stop, and Restart buttons near the top of the page. You will also find the JAR File drop-down menu. When the server is first created, the drop-down menu will have "Default" in it. Click on this to change what your server is running. You will also find the World setting here, which allows you to manage what primary world is loaded by your server.
Any time you make changes, make sure you hit the Save button at the bottom of the page!
Web FTP Access
The Multicraft Web FTP allows you to upload (limited to 2MB or 30 seconds of upload time), edit, rename, and delete files. As we mentioned above, the Web FTP is very useful for basic file management but is also heavily limited. Web FTP can be found under Files > FTP File Access on Multicraft.
FTP Client / General FTP
Multicraft also offers direct FTP connectivity through a dedicated FTP client. This affords the server owner - that's you - much more control and freedom. Read our guide on FTP clients here: http://billing.ready2frag.com/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=10
On Bukkit, Spigot, and Paper servers, plugins are supported. Plugins offer a great way to add features, commands, and unique gameplay to your server - somewhat like mods for your server, but that doesn't require your users to download and install them.
Some common plugins that public server owners will need are EssentialsX, WorldEdit, WorldGuard, and a permission plugin like LuckPerms. Each of these plugins is well-maintained, trusted by the community, and has extensive documentation/guides to help you get started.
In general, make sure the plugins you install are updated to the version of Minecraft you're running. If you're running a server for Minecraft 1.14.4, it's best practice to use plugins that have been updated for 1.14 at least - though many that have been updated to 1.13 will still work.