I've hosted many, and by many I mean around 20+ servers. Half of those however I was just dicking around and didn't intend on the server being popular. But one of them in particular, the one I did nothing on and screwed around all of the time, had about 5 or so dedicated players that played. Not all at the same time, but just in general. The other ones that I tried on, people would join and then leave and the servers were never successful. But I really want to get one right this time; so I have just a few questions What anticheat system do I use? I've heard bad things about NCP. How do I go about setting up a proper economy? What things do people like to see? What gamemode is popular, but not completely overused? What good plugins do I need? (economy plugins, permission plugins, plugins for cool commands and stuff like that). How big should I make the spawn? Should I have everything in one place, or more spread out like a tutorial island, and a main world? How do I get players to stay on the server? Why do people just join and then leave after I say "welcome"? Why are some servers, that aren't even good imo, so popular? Is it based on luck? (My friend once started a server, it was kitpvp and was kind of terrible, but he made over $300 in donations in the first few weeks. 5 players on all the time, but mid day it was at like 20-30) How do I go about starting a server?