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EvlGaming I have a lot of things to say about them! First of they are a great choice for minecraft server hosting trust me! Second they always help you which is a great thing! I wish the best of luck to you EvlGaming to the many years to come!
As a customer of EVL gaming I'd like to share my experiences renting/running my modded Minecraft server.
What I have.
Before I upgraded to 2.5GB, my server ran 7 months with 2GB ram and a SSD. This is what my review will be based on.
A mumble server is also included free.
I run around 50 or so mods.
I live in Ontario whereas the EVL node I’m on is located in Kansas
I have been a customer since Jan
Why I choose EVL and my first experiences
I choose to go with EVL because a promotion at the time offered an amazing discount on SSD storage. While I was worried that the deal could be a scam (my last host packed up and ran with everyone's money) I decided to give EVL a shot.
The initial server setup was as to be expected: my payment went through, I was given an email containing my log in information, and shortly after had access to a multicraft panel. Back at that time (Jan) specifying that I wanted to run a custom jar that didn’t include a FTB pack or Tekkit, required me to contact support so the feature could be enabled; that took maybe 5 mins.
TLDR: I was deal hunting for a good server when I saw an SDD promotion. I gave EVL money and they gave me a server.
I run several dozen mods so it’s difficult to rate performance. Not knowing whether some of my server’s oddities are caused by mods or the service itself makes it somewhat unfair to comment.
As previously stated, I live in Ontario where as my server is in Kansas. I don't usually check other then when I first load up the server but my network strength tends to jump around between a very few bars to max.
What I do know is the SDD is very much appreciated as it speeds up loading when travelling around previously generated chunks. For me this is a must as mods have altered my terrains scale making it slower to load on traditional HDDs. My server runs several generation altering mods: ATG, CofhCore, big trees, Natura, Thaumcraft and Forestry. As a result the server often reports overburden errors if any players go running into not yet generated land too quickly. I imagine that’s just the price I pay for using those specific mods.
TLDR: SDDs help keep previously explored lands loading quickly regardless of how modified terrain is. However, the actually process of first generating those modded chunks stresses the CPU thereby requiring slower exploration.
Customer Support/ Service reliability
The company’s response times to tickets are very quick, and usually under 5 minutes. The company also provides an instant contact chat on their homepage, however I've personally only ever used it once.
During my 8 months at EVL, I can only recall one significant incident; my node’s SSD died. No data was lost and within minutes of my reporting the issue was taken care of. Just to highlight the company’s flexibility, I was give the option of either being quickly moved to a new SSD node at the same location, or staying on my old node with a temporary HDD until the new SDD arrived. Incidences like these really show the character of a company and I was very satisfied with their response.
Incredibly quick and friendly customer support.
SDDs work great at quickly loading previously explored terrain.
Because the company hosts servers for more than just Minecraft, I'm not worried about them simply vanishing.
The free Mumble server’s audio sounds incredibly robotic. So much so that my friends and I can’t even use it.
I think EVL offers amazing service. I cannot stress enough just how quick their customer service tends to be; so much so that I wouldn't be surprised if they replied while using their washrooms. The SSD pricing is incredibly generous. Due to a recent price drop, I’ve taken the chance to upgrade my service to 2.5 GB. Good company, I strongly recommend.
Before using EVL to host my Minecraft server, I always self-hosted. It wasn't too hard because I only ever had one other friend on at a time. Soon quite a few of my other friends started playing Minecraft, and it became a hassle to use my old system as it always lagged. I started looking for a cheap hosting alternative and I was so lucky to stumble upon EVL Gaming.
I bought probably one of the cheapest servers I could from them, as I didn't need much. For just a few of my friends, and a couple mods, my server surprisingly never lagged. Back when 1.8 snapshots were rolling out their support team was extremely helpful in setting them up for my server.
I later found out my purchase actually included a mumble server, and webhosting which was awesome. It was really easy to work with their customer support to set up the webhosting. Their webhosting offered a MySQL database which was literally perfect so I could set up WordPress for my blog.
So I'd absolutely recommend EVL Gaming to anyone whose looking for any sort of server hosting. Their customer is fantastic and their prices are extremely fair. I've been hosting from them for over seven months and I really hope you check them out!