So for the last two-and-a-half-some years, I've been using MCPH to host my server. Contrary to the standard Spigot consensus, it is still a good host for new players who don't know how a server works. Their help pages (no, not their staff, because that is bad) are rather useful for someone who wants to learn about making a server. (At least, they used to be, because they are becoming increasingly outdated and unmanaged.) I ran on the lowest plan possible at the beginning (which doesn't allow plugins for $25/yr, because cash grab is a cash grab) just to see what was possible in vanilla. After about a year and a half of building with some friends on there, I moved up to $50/yr, which actually allows plugins. So after doing that for the last year or so, I've more or less figured out how to keep a plugin-based server running, and the current cocktail of 25 plugins works pretty well for me. I'm not really interested in creating the latest, hugest server or anything. If my server gets expanded, I do it because the expansion is necessitated by players (e.g, enough people online that the server gets laggy), not because I want to start an endless cycle of getting bigger and gambling all my savings for no real reason. Nevertheless, it's clear that whether or not I expand, it's almost certainly not worth $50 for what I'm doing now. 512 MB RAM is obviously highly difficult to work with; my server sits on TPS of around 11, on a good day. MCPH will try to argue me out of it with something like "the enjoyment of running a server is worth the money, right?" And for the last few years, it has been worth the money for the experience. And probably still will, because I enjoy running a server. But I don't enjoy paying easily double for something unnecessarily. On the list of things that I do still want in a host: * Unlimited (or extremely high) FTP storage. Since we're a build server, we tend to cycle through a bunch of enormous maps. Our largest map project is around 100 square kilometers in size. * Multicraft, preferably as the default (or at least easy enough and free to set up). * A staff that takes care of issues on their end (e.g. running broken Java files) quickly. * DDoS protection that's at least as good as MCPH's (and that isn't a host known for being DDoS'd regularly). * At least 1 GB RAM for $50/year, as opposed to MCPH's half-gigabyte for that price. * Free or cheap subdomain (preferably without an unnecessarily long host advertising extension like .mcph.co). Yes, I know many others have asked this before, and I've read those threads, but I wanted to rant a little too.... And besides, host information changes with time, so I wanted some more up-to-date feedback.