One of the most exciting things about the Minecraft server is the ability to optimize it past what Vanilla Minecraft can offer. One of the best ways to do this is using plugins. The reasoning behind this is that plugins only need to be installed on the server, unlike mods, as mods need to be installed on both the server and Minecraft client itself.

How to install plugins on the Minecraft server hosted on the Game panel?

Step 1 - Set up your server and open the server configuration page

1. Set up our VPS plan by following this article. Make sure that you choose Minecraft Java Edition while creating your server instance:

2. Head to the server management page by clicking on your created server instance, and clicking on the Manage button on the right-hand side of the screen:

3. Choose the Configuration option on the left-hand side and then choose Minecraft:

4. Now we are on the Minecraft server configuration page.

Step 2 - Choose the version for your server and start installing plugins

1. At this point, your server is running on the Official version of the Minecraft server provided by Mojang. This version of the server does not support any kind of customization, and it is considered a Vanilla version of the game.

In order to run plugins on your server, we need to switch from the official version of the server to one of the following: CraftBukkit, Spigot, or Paper.

  • CraftBukkit - it is a modified vanilla Minecraft server with the Bukkit API (Application Program Interface) built into it. Bukkit is the API that Bukkit plugins use to interact with the server.

  • Spigot - it is a modified Minecraft server based on CraftBukkit which provides additional performance optimizations, configuration options, and features, whilst remaining compatible with all existing plugins and consistent with Vanilla Minecraft game mechanics.

  • PaperMC - it is a high-performance fork of the Spigot Minecraft Server that aims to fix gameplay and mechanics inconsistencies as well as to improve performance. The paper contains numerous features, bug fixes, exploit preventions, and major performance improvements not found in Spigot. (Recommended for users who want to achieve the best possible performance with their current plan without sacrificing server features or functionality).

This can be changed by using a dropdown menu called Server type. Once you choose your server type, remember to click on the Download / Update button:

2. Now the server is ready to have plugins installed on it. Click Back < and choose the Plugins option on the left-hand side. This brings up a page that looks a bit similar to the Google search page, however, on this page, you can search for plugins:

3. Search for plugins you want to install and once you choose one of them, click on Install:

If you are not sure what plugin will change or what it is used for, you can click on the Discussion option to open up the Plugin forum.

4. Now your plugin is installed, and you just need to start your server to load the plugins with their configurations. This can be done by heading back to your server instance Status page and click on the Start button there:

What to do if there's a plugin that you can't find while using the plugin search page?

Sometimes there might be a custom plugin, which may have been build by you, or it is just not being shown in this library. No need to worry though, there's a way of installing these plugins manually. The best part is that it just takes 4 steps!

1. Download the plugin which you want to use, but can't find in the plugin search. It should be in .jar format:

2. Click on File Manager on the left-hand side of the page and head to the Plugins folder:

No matter which method was used to install plugins, all of them will be stored in this folder. It also holds all the plugin configurations.

3. Use the drag-drop method to upload the plugin from your computer to the server instance. Make sure that you are uploading the plugin to the Plugins folder:

4. Now, the only step that's left is to start your server and load your installed plugins. If your server is already running, make sure to fully restart it.

After you start or restart your server and you want to verify if your plugins are running, you can do this by opening your server console and writing the command "plugins". This will display a list of plugins which is currently running on your server.

This command also works while logged in the server, however, you should use a slash in front of the command while in-game. It should look like this "/plugins".

If the plugin is not shown in this list, it means that there's an issue with either the plugin code, plugin version of the server itself.

Recommended plugins that every server should have

  • AuthMeReloaded - This plugin is only needed when playing on Offline mode and it prevents username stealing in your server.

  • ViaVersion - Allows users with older versions of Minecraft to join your server.

  • WorldEdit - WorldEdit plugin is widely used for 10 years now and it is crucial for building huge projects and saving time.

  • AntiCheatReloaded - Helps server admins combat the use of hacked clients and spambots. It analyses the behavior of players and can prevent malicious gameplay.

  • Set Homes - These days Minecraft server can't be imagined without being able to set your home and teleport there by using command /home.

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