GUIDE - How to Choose an Hytale Server Hosting Provider
Key points to check before choosing your Hytale server provider.
You want to create your own Hytale server? The choice of the host is essential to develop your community.
Before you start without thinking, it is important to ask yourself a few questions, which will prevent you from finding yourself stuck after a few weeks.
You have all your own needs, the same host will not be suitable for all projects.
A server being created or recently launched will need only a little power and functionality. But as your community grows, there will be a need for effective tools for server management and administration.
It will be difficult to change the host once the project started, so it is essential to choose a host that meets your needs in terms of price, quality, functionality and scalability from the beginning.
1/ Reviews and ratings
What's better than the opinions of other customers to choose their host? Read the reviews and ratings will allow you to make your first opinion before spending your money.
Some hosts are transparent with a public customer rating program through certified providers such as Trustpilot.
For others, a quick Google search will let you know more about the host you are targeting.
2/ Can I upgrade the power of my server?
You only play with a few friends on your private server, and this one is not intended to accommodate a larger community?
This case seems to be yours? You can ignore the following, you will probably never need to upgrade the power of your server.
You want to develop a community around your game server and attract many players? If your project is successful, the need for more power is likely to arrive. This is a crucial point to take into account, if you do not want to be cramped at his host after a few months ...
To make known his waiter needs time, to buy a server of 128 slots if it contains at most only 30 simultaneous players does not have any sense! This case seems to be close to yours? Think about giving you priority to a Hytale host who will allow you to change offers at any time, without changing the address of it.
You will only have to change the power of the server according to the evolution of the attendance of it (upward or downward).
3/ Does the server have automated backups?
A classic: the closing of a server, following an incident, because his owner did not make backup ... And yes, your game servers are not immune to this great rule of computer: you MUST make backups!
The loss of data is not to be neglected, among the incidents that can lead to the drama:
- hacking the server
- data corruption following a crash
- bad handling, it happens!
To avoid premature closing, we advise you to refer to a host that performs automatic backups of your server. Hosting companies now all have this feature. Any host that does not have a backup feature is considered to be of low quality.
The difference between the hosts will be on the data retention period (= time during which it keeps backups) and the backup cycle (= time between automatic backups).
For a small private server with friends, a small period of data retention will be enough.
Do you have an important community? The risk of incident increases, the server is of advantage used. Go to a host allowing fast recovery of the server to limit downtime in case of problems, and choose a host allowing you to keep at least several weeks of backups and having a backup cycle (for example every few hours) to minimize the risk of data loss.
4/ How many slots does my server need?
The number of slots on your server will determine the maximum number of players that it will accommodate simultaneously.
The needs are varied:
- development servers only need 2 or 4 slots
- private servers with friends usually only need 4 to 10 slots
- communities, which have bigger needs: 20, 40 50, 100 slots!
There are two models of billing in the hosts:
- Slot billing: you pay according to the number of simultaneous players, without worrying about the power of the server.
- billing to the resource used: you can define the number of slots you want, you only pay the RAM and the CPU allocated to you. It is your responsibility to define a number of players corresponding to the power of the server.
Some hosts allow a change of contract without change of address allowing to easily vary the capacity of the server according to the evolution of your community: you limit the expenses as there is little frequentation on your server. Make sure to choose a web host based on your future goals.
Never forget to take into account that a significant number of player requires a lot of CPU power and RAM to keep a good gaming experience without any lag.
5/ Management panel
The control panel accompanies you throughout the lifecycle of your Hytale server. During its installation, it will allow you to perform the basic actions (stop / restart / start / update) and assist you throughout its design and configuration. Once your community is launched, it will help you manage and administer it. A real companion!
There is a wide variety of solutions offered by the hosts, which can be grouped into two categories:
- Control panels using existing solutions open to all
- "custom" configuration panels, specific to the host, with their own features and exclusivities
If you are new to creating Hytale or want to create a private server for your friends, go to an intuive solution and put access on the ease of configuration / management.
Do you want to host a community? You will need more customization and features (backups, live console, admins management, monitoring, scheduled tasks, etc.).
The listing on our website contains a summary of the features of each host. Do not hesitate to consult them !
6/ Avoid untrusted companies
Before the multitude of host Hytale, before you start we advise you to check the legal status of your host and check the validity of the company. Many serious hosts are present on the market, you are not immune to seeing your server disappear overnight.
If you want to set up a private server with friends, the risk will be small with only a few euros lost, you only have to reopen a server at another provider.
The case of community servers is more problematic, a loss of data and change of address will have significant negative impacts.
And if you have extended your contract for a few months before the disappearance of the host, the bill may be salty!
7/ The ping (latency) between the server and the players
Latency is the time it takes for a packet on the Internet to be transmitted from one point to another. For your game servers, it is the latency between a player and the server that is measured. High latency will cause lags in players, while low latency will provide greater responsiveness and fluidity during your games.
Unlike other competitive games like CS: GO where the least latency will have an impact, Hytale does not need to be looking for the best latency possible. Nevertheless, if your goal is to offer the best gaming experience to your players, do not neglect this point.
Several factors can increase the latency of your players:
- a low connection rate in the player
- an overloaded server that can not process "real-time" information
- a faulty / un-optimized internet network for the server-side game
- the geographical distance between the player and the server (the greater the distance, the higher the latency)
The geographic location of the server is the most impacting factor. Select a web host with a geographically located data center closest to your players. We will avoid taking a cheap server in the United States with players located in France! The latency will be high and will kill any pleasure to play ...
The quality of the internet network connecting the server can also be an impact for some players. Actors like OVH have peering points with the biggest ISPs. These peering points allow the players concerned to have better access to the network, and therefore a better ping with your server.
8/ Anti-DDOS protection
This is a specificity of the world of gaming, rivalries between communities can quickly lead to computer attacks on your server.
A classic is the DDOS attack which involves overloading a server by sending a large number of network packets via the Internet, to make a game server inaccessible. What's more unpleasant for your players who will quickly turn to other content.
Ask about the protections offered by your future host. There are specialized solutions to prevent DDoS attacks or minimize downtime in case of an attack.