Minecraft Server and Modding Options
The following list is not comprehensive, but it is a good start for kids or parents interested in getting their own server started, with or without mods. Our upcoming Minecraft mod series goes into more detail about creating a custom mod, and you will likely find that series interesting if you are looking into this topic.
Free Server Options:
Setting up a free server takes some computer know-how and is not something we expect children under 15 to be able to do on their own. If you’re a parent, the following video does a really good job of explaining how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzs2RFrK5fo
How to make your own server. This process is not difficult, just takes some knowledge of files and some reading. This is the FREE option. If you want to play with up to 8 friends then this is how to do it for FREE. It does require some RAM and Hard Drive space on your PC, but not a lot. The quality of the connection is entirely dependent on the “host” as well.
Paid Server Options:
At the moment Minecraft Realms does not support mods, but it does have a solid amount of custom games/worlds made by people who play in Realms. If you’re interested in modding your own MineCraft world with friends you will need to pursue a custom server option like the one above.
MineCraft Realms is a new service provided by Microsoft, where you can purchase your own server through Microsoft for a fee. It starts at $7.99 so that you can play with 11 people. This is through Microsoft and will probably be the best connection you can get. This option is NOT FREE. It’s a monthly subscription that you pay for the quality of service provided by Microsoft.
Creeperhost is the most well known server option out there. It supports vanilla Minecraft and Modded Minecraft servers. It is a monthly subscription as well, but if you want to be able to play with your friends on a clear dedicated server, this is probably your best option. A lot of really famous Minecraft celebrities use Creeperhost.
We recommend that kids not only play Minecraft, but that they also take time to make their own mods, using Minecraft as a fun tool for learning coding that will serve them throughout life.
Minecraft Forge download for Windows 10 (Mac is a lot more complicated)
Forum for Minecraft Forge. If you are really into custom mods, and finding more about them, this is a good place to start/end.
Eclipse is a Java development environment. It’s a little advanced, and kids are recommended to know some basic Java already. Luckily, there is a ton of videos out there and A LOT of documentation (like the links above) on making your own mod/ joining the modding community. Making your own mod, and customizing others is easier than ever.
Code Kingdoms is probably the best way to teach your kids Java if they are under the age of 15. It gives them a basic idea of variable types, functions, implementations and loops. It’s what the kids in our Coder Kids class use, and it’s very kid friendly. The interface is easy to follow, and uses a lot of images to represent the code. This is also subscription based. But that subscription comes with coding tools, lessons, a private server for up to 25 people, and support for that server. I believe this is the best bang for your buck.
You can use the Coder Kids coupon on your child’s account to lower the price. The best thing about Code Kingdoms is that once your child creates a mod, or finds one they like, it is very simple to upload it to their server, and have their friends playing on it within seconds. Their friends don’t need to upload the mods onto their computer.
What would you recommend for servers and Minecraft mods?
We recommend this book for learning to code with Minecraft:
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