Before I go a bit in depth let me say a couple quick points.
$10/GB That's it. Nothing that raises that. Only a promo code that could lower your first month.
Custom Control Panel. If you don't want to use FTP, you don't have to. Their panel is amazing.
Surprisingly fast support. Timezone issue? Live Chat offline? Send a ticket. So far, they respond faster than I do. Awesome.
One site. Simple. Just one site. Not a separate billing, or client, or control panel. Just one smooth awesome site.
Alright. If you want to continue reading then I will explain a bit more of my experience with them. Day 1, I make a post here in the forums explaining what I want in a host. Nodecraft is one of the many that respond. After looking over many of them, I decided that Nodecraft was the way to go. I don't feel like opening an FTP client everytime I want to access my files. Their control panel is amazing. It's beyond simple and allows you to access everything with such ease. They are a solid $10/GB which is one of the more expensive sites, but that includes everything. I had to contact their support and I thought I would have to wait a while. Withing 5 minutes I got a response on my ticket. This quick response was shown through the 3 tickets I submitted so far (No problems, simply asking questions)
Absolutely, yes! Our jar catalogue allows for one-click installation of many popular server jars and modpacks, including almost every single build of Spigot available as recent as the 1.8.3 builds, and as old as 1.3.2 builds.
Nodecraft is by far the most amazing hosting company out there, they do not hesitate with helping you out, the whole team is fantastic extremely kind and down to earth and they really deserve to get even bigger than they already have. You really are paying for a top quality service.
The only Thing i have ever know is Multicraft, so i was terrified to switch, But my last host (who i still have one server with) Just could not run Mods, (and i wan't to record a modded Survival) the server crashed every time, and when going to them for help tho they were nice, They just said try another mod pack O.o. Nodecraft is a bit more than i was paying but OMG sooo amazing, i could switch server jars in my sleep with NodePanel. I am seriously thinking of switching my other server here as well, only reason i have not yet, is because my other server gives a free Mumble server which i Use allot. I Love the NodePanel so easy, and fast =-D Best decision i ever made was to switch to NodeCraft. If you're looking for a Server look no more I would recommend NodeCraft, you won't be disappointed.
I've used a couple OTHER hosts and was confused and pissed off the entire time I had them. I just want to play Modded Minecraft with my kids!
I send NodeCraft an email and and they answered FAST. They also suggested a Modpack that would run on a 1GB server (ByteSize). It took me about 5 minutes to open an account and maybe 5 more to figure out how to install the Modpack. WOW That was EASY--And I am a server/Mod Nub!
Having everything in one control panel is awesome. No stinkin' FTP stuff.
I have had a few questions and used the chat support. Those guys were great and VERY helpful. Every issue has been resolved in minutes!
On May 21st, 2012, we launched NodeCraft. Today, we are celebrating 3 great years of business with a few announcements for our customers! Visit our website to learn more, as well as take 35% off your first month of service!
Our commitment to better latency, better hardware, and a better gaming experience has never been stronger. On the heels of the disk space upgrades, we've also launched service in a new datacenter, and have another coming very soon!
I've been trying to get in contact via your live chat to talk pre-sales stuff, but it seems to be offline. The site indicates there should be people online to provide live support at around this time (11:42AM your time, according to the little open/closed thingy). I might be missing something here, but is there any way I could still get in contact about a few quick-ish questions without having to resort to tickets?
Also, a few minor quirks in the site that I noticed:
On the support page (as linked above), hovering over any of the four big images (Knowledgebase Articles, Live Chat, Support Tickets and Phone Support) shows "Knowledgebase Articles". The images aren't clickable, and the text also shows for the other three options. Just a little something that caught my eye.
On the sponsorships page, there are two small typos: communTities and truEly. Truely is sometimes used, but looked a bit odd to me and seems to be incorrect if Google is to be believed.
Thanks for pointing out those little quirks! We'll see about pushing out a patch shortly.
EDIT: All good now! Got all the info I needed, and I'm currently in the process of getting a few of the players from an old community of mine to ping a list of servers I got sent to see what kind of latencies I could expect. Amsterdam is looking really good, so far. Ashburn, Virginia isn't half bad, either!
EDIT #2: Settled on Amsterdam. If anybody is interested in the data I gathered, see below for a rough paste.
Amsterdam (Bob) - 11/14/12 NL | 106/108/106 US east | 27/28/27 UK | 30/33/31 HR | 22/58/26 SE
Ashburn, Virginia (Bruce) - 103/108/104 NL | 14/18/14 US east | 95/100/95 UK | 111/115/112 HR | 96/98/96 SE
Phoenix, Arizona (Adam) - 162/165/163 NL | 74/77/75 US east | 159/159/159 UK | 169/173/170 HR | 167/181/169 SE
Atlanta, Georgia (Dory) - 137/140/138 NL | 26/30/27 US east | 108/108/108 UK | 125/127/125 HR | 122/282/139 SE
Chicago, Illinois (Logan) - 129/139/131 NL | 28/30/29 US east | 109/110/109 UK | 136/141/138 HR | 127/128/127 SE
Pings are in min/max/avg format, and numbers represent milliseconds. Swedish (SE) pings were done from a Mac, which might differ from the other Windows machines. These results are all from people on home networks, so no high-end scientific testing here. Good enough for me to make my pick, though.
EDIT #3: Hmm... After ordering, I now see a Maidenhead UK option too. Think I might pick that one, as it looks to be just a tad more central. Will edit in a few pings once I'm set up, if the people who helped me before are still interested.
EDIT #4: Pings!
18/25/19 NL | 79/80/79 US east | 22/23/22 UK | 26/30/26 SE
Missing one result for now, but this seems to have been a great impulse choice. Really impressed right now, and looking forward to making use of this!
i was in beta program, but didn't have time to test.
at that time, i was with mcprohosting, which was serving my needs adequately, but then changed their credit card processor, who demanded tons of personal information. (when i questioned them about it, they said it was standard procedure with all companies anymore... yeah, like i have to give out my email if i want to use my credit card at wal mart.) so mcpro, nice as they were about explaining their disregard for personal privacy, got kicked to the curb. and i'll never return. ever.
then i tried nodecraft and they didn't demand a bunch of personal info. just clicked paypal and that was it. over the course of the next week, i had about 4 questions, and used both their phone service and chat. it was awesome. they had an issue during that time with lost packets. i was nervous, but they didn't try to cover it up with fluff. they told me what the problem was and they were fixing it... and they did. so, this is the type of company for me. all the OPs loved that they could see really far with the new setup.
I've used several Minecraft server hosting services before (CreeperHost, PytoHost, BeastNode, HostHorde), and NodeCraft's management panel is my favorite of all of them. It's intuitive, quickly responsive, attractive, and has all the features I need. They've done a great job with it. I'm overall very happy with the service.