So… what is Multicraft anyway?
You just bought a server with this so-called “Multicraft CP”, and you’d like to know what it is.
First off, congratulations on buying a server. I hope you and your players like it
So, to me, Multicraft is a bit like “server control panel 2.0”. It provides a user interface for all your server needs. For example, with Multicraft, you won’t have to run start.bin; you can just click a button. Multicraft is great for beginners, as it takes a lot of the guesswork out of running a server. You won’t be confused whether the command to stop your server is “/stop” or “/halt”, because you won’t be using them.
Basic Server Controls
This should be simple. Here’s a marked-up version of the main server page. See the corresponding number below for more information on that specific element:
1) Logs you out of Multicraft.
2) Starts, stops, and restarts your server. Restarting is useful when you’re installing plugins.
3) Your server’s name. It’s not required, but servers with names are proven to be 200% more awesome.
4) How many total player slots your server has
5) How many players are on your server right now. As you can see, my server’s not doing so well.
6) Your server’s address. The one on the bottom is the port, which is the thing that comes after the colon.
7) Your world’s filename. This is useful if you have multiple worlds. It defaults to “world”.
8) How much of the resources you’re using, such as the RAM and the CPU. If your server is getting close or above 100% RAM, it’s time to upgrade.
9) The menu. It takes you to different parts of Multicraft.
Using the Console/Chatlog
Multicraft works a little differently than your ordinary home-hosted server - the chatlog and the console are separate. It does get a little annoying having to switch between the console and the chatlog, but deal with it, bro.
Here’s how to access the chat log:
1) Starting on your main server page, click on “Chat” in the menu.
2) You are now in the chatlog. Feel free to chat with players by typing in a message in the text-box at the top.
You can use the customary console as well, just like all the other people who host servers on their computers. It’s quite useful for small tasks, like whitelisting people on the go or managing your server from your tablet. Here’s how to access it.
1) Starting on your main server page, click on “Console” in the menu.
2) You are now in the console! Type your customary commands (time, give) without the slash in the textbox at the top.
There are two ways to install plugins, but they depend on your host.
1) Some hosts might have a small plugin database, like mine does. In that case, follow these instructions:
1) Go to Files > Plugins. You’ll be taken to this page.
2) Type the plugin you want in the text-box below “Plugin Name”, and press “Enter”. I’d like to install WorldEdit.
3) Click on the plugin name (in this case, WorldEdit), and double-check that this is the plugin that you want. Then click “”install”.
4) Your plugin is now installed, but we have to restart the server. Navigate to your main page and click “Restart” at the top.
5) Congrats! You’ve installed a plugin! Now make sure it works by testing it out in Minecraft
Please note, however: only a few hosts provide this service. Many hosts don’t. For the ones who don’t, use the other method.
2) This is how to install plugins the old-fashioned way. It works almost all of the time, so if Method #1 doesn’t work, or if your host doesn’t support Method #1, try this:
1) Go to Files > FTP File Access. Enter your Multicraft password into the blank and click “”Login”. This will take you to FTP.
2) Click on the ”Plugins” folder. You should have an empty folder like I do.
3) Go to plugins.bukkit.org and find a plugin that you like. I’ll install CoreProtect for the sake of variety.
4) Download the .jar file of the plugin. If there’s a .zip version, do not download that. Just download the .jar file.
5) You should still have the Plugins folder open in Multicraft. Bring it up and click “Upload”
6) Click “Choose File“ and navigate to your .jar . Then click “Submit” right below it.
7) Multicraft should give you this message if the transfer was successful.
8) Your plugin is now installed, but we have to restart the server. Navigate to your main page and click “Restart” at the top.
9) Congrats! You’ve installed a plugin! Now make sure it works by testing it out in Minecraft
Nice guide, but it seems a little bit over the top to focus oh so much on multicraft. Sure, most places use it, but other control panels are in use too. Maybe you could like, I dunno, do information on them too? (Mcmyadmin, tcadmin, etc etc etc).
That's kinda the entire purpose of this guide - to focus on Multicraft. As for the other control panels, I already have another guide about TCAdmin that goes over pretty much the exact same stuff as this guide does, but just with a different control panel.
As for other control panels, I'm probably not going to do a McMyAdmin guide in the near future, since I don't really know of many hosts that still use MCMA. If any other panels get really popular in the near future, though, I could consider doing guides for those as well.