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JDP Networks Documentation

If your looking for tips, tricks, and tutorials regarding all of the services offered at JDP – your in the right place!

Introduction

This documentation is designed to make it as simple as possible for you to get started with us, without the need to contact our support teams! Use the section on the left hand side to slide down to relevant sections. Please attempt to read through the guides in there entirely before reaching our to our support teams.

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    Minecraft Servers

    Our Minecraft server hosting makes it incredibly easy to manage your game server from anywhere in the world with our simple to use control panel. Never accessed or used the panel before? Check your emails! You should have login details contained in your confirmation email as well as the link to the panel login.

    - Getting started

    Firstly, lets login to your Minecraft Server’s dashboard via the information contained in your confirmation email. Once logged in, you should see the below:

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    As you can see from the figure to the left, there are many options within the Minecraft control panel to play around with, but ignore them for now. We will get around  to all of these options.

    - Selecting your ideal Minecraft version

    By default, the latest version of Minecraft is selected, this can be changed to match whichever version of Minecraft you desire. To change the version of your server simply navigate to the below via the Minecraft Server Control Panel.

    • Home >> Jar File >> Spigot <version>

    Lets say you are looking to change the Minecraft server version to 1.8. Simply login to the control panel and select the “Spigot 1.8” selection from the drop down menu show in the figure below.

    - Installing plugins

    Now that you have selected your servers version, the system should have automatically created a ‘plugins’ folder within your servers directory – this is where your plugins should be installed.

    Note: To ensure your server is secure, and running at its maximum potential, please only install plugins from spigotmc.org and dev.bukkit.org

    Now lets install your plugins! For this tutorial, we will use ClearLagg – a plugin designed to make your server run faster by automatically clearing floor items, GC collection and more. To install the plugin, login to your servers FTP File Manager from the left hand side via Files >> FTP File Access. Use your Multicraft password to gain access. Once logged in, you should see the below:

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    Next, click into your ‘Plugins’ folder and select ‘Upload’

    From here, you’ll be taken to a different page to upload the plugin(s). Simply click ‘Choose File’ and select the plugin in question from your computer to upload it. Your server will automatically apply the change on your next restart!

    Notice the ‘Plugins’ folder at the very top? This is where you shall install your plugins.

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    Once the above has been actioned, you can now go ahead and restart your Minecraft Server via Home >> Console >> Restart.

    To verify that the plugin has indeed been installed, you can simply type ‘plugins’ from the server console, or ‘/plugins’ from in-game!

    Success! Your plugin is now installed!

    - Uploading a custom world

    To install a custom world, we will use the same method as used above when we installed the plugins.

    Firstly, lets stop your server by using the ‘Stop’ button from the control panel’s home screen. Once this has been done, navigate to your FTP File Manager from Home >> Files >> FTP File Manager. Once you are logged in using your Multicraft password, we will need to delete the current world. To do so, ensure you have a backup of the folder ‘world’ if needed, and select it >> delete.

    Once this has been done, upload your world in the .zip format. Once the transfer is complete, simply select the zipped file and click on ‘unzip’ from the top right of the control panel. This should extract to a folder named ‘world’ if it does not, you will have to rename it to match world.

    Thats it! You can now restart your server to apply the changes.

    - Using the Server Console

    Making use and learning how to use your servers console is vital to ensuring your server is performing at the peak of its ability. The console allows you to input hundreds of commands to fully make use of the server.

    First of all, before you do anything, make sure your player / username is an admin by running ‘op <your username>’ from the servers console. So in my case, i would run ‘op ClipzZModz’. NOTE: Do not give other players this command as it grants you full admin access to the server.

    Once you are a server operator, you can run `/help` in game to show all your usable commands!

    Advanced: - How to install a modpack

    To install a modpack, select the correct version of forge for the modpack from the Multicraft home page. Note that this needs to match your server version exactly in order to work. For example ‘this amazing modpack’ (not real) runs on Minecraft 1.16.5, so we will select Forge: 1.16.5 from the drop down menu.

    Once the correct version is selected, navigate to your FTP File manger via Files >> FTP File Manager and open the ‘Mods’ folder. Now download the modpack you desire from the official pack’s website and extract it anywhere on your PC. Once finished, copy all the jar files from the downloaded packs Mod folder to the Mods folder on your Minecraft Server. Once finished, restart your server and your good to go!

    - Using a custom domain name for your Minecraft Server

    To use a domain name for your Minecraft server, you’ll first need a domain! If you already have one, thats great! If not, you’ll need to purchase one from here.

    Once the domain is ready to go and fully registered, navigate to your DNS Management package which you can order for free here. Once this package is ready to go and your logged into your Plesk Control panel, navigate to ‘Hosting & DNS >> DNS Settings’. From here, lets create a new entry for play.domain.com . To do this, lets add a zone by clicking ‘Add Record’. Configure it as per the below figure:

    Please ensure you change the IP address to the IP of your server without the port / :255xx at the end.

    DNS changes can sometimes take up to 24 hours to fully complete, this is known as propagation. Come back tomorrow and test your domain!

    Your new server IP address is play.domain.com:255xx where :255xx should be replaced with your servers port.

    Web Hosting

    To get started with your website, login to your Plesk control panel via the credentials which you will have in your emails once payment is confirmed. Next, we will need to confirm that your website points to our servers correctly. To do this, please read the below:

    - How to run a DNS check on your site

    Running a DNS check on your domain is extremely simple. Simply navigate to the external non-JDP service called intoDNS. A quick tip: use www.intodns.com/yourdomainname.com for a quick check. 

    To verify that your website is pointing to the servers correctly, at the very top, you should see the nameservers. Verify these are set to the below:

    • ns1.plesk.jdpnetworks.com
    • ns2.plesk.jdpnetworks.com

    If these records are in place, your all good! Feel free to skip ahead! If they are not, you will need to update this via your JDP Client Area or reach out to your domain provider for them to make the change.

    - How to upload files to Plesk

    To upload files to your website/domain, simply navigate to your File Manager and drag-and-drop the files, and your good to go! Its that simple!

    - How to use Plesk FTP

    To use your accounts FTP service, simply connect to plesk.jdpnetworks.com on port 21 and use your control panel’s username and password.

    Additional FTP users can be created via ‘FTP Access’ of the Plesk control panel.

    Advanced: - How to setup WordPress on Plesk

    Included in all of our Web Hosting packages is an easy to use WordPress Toolkit designed to make it as easy as possible for you to install, develop and maintain your WordPress website. 

     

    To get started, you’ll need to Login to Plesk. Once logged in, you will see WordPress on the very right hand side through the menu. This is shown in the below figure.

    To scan for existing WordPress installations, simply click on scan as shown in the below figure.

    Or, install WordPress:

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    To login to WordPress, select your just-installed WordPress website and click Login as per the figure to the right!

    Configure WordPress as per the below:

    • Installation path: The path to install WP
    • Website title: The WP websites title
    • Website Language: The language to display in the admin dashboard and website location itself
    • Version: Use the latest
    • WordPress Admin settings: You wont need these, but make sure they are secure anyway!
    • Database: Leave to automatically create DB
    • Automatic Update Settings: Yes to all updates

    Happy to WordPress-ing! 

    Domain Names

    To get started with your freshly-ordered domain name (weather its registered through JDP or not) we need to make sure that the domains DNS Management is connected to your web hosting package. To do so. ensure your nameservers are configured via the below:

    • ns1.plesk.jdpnetworks.com
    • ns2.plesk.jdpnetworks.com

    Through JDP Networks, this can be edited via the Client Area by navigating to the nameservers section, please see below:

    If your domain name is not registered with us, you may have to reach out to the provider. Please note that JDP Networks do not have access to domain names through external registrars, so would be unable to help. Please reach out to your domain provider instead, or register a new one through ourselves.

    Search engine optimisation

    Search Engine Optimization is a process used by all search consoles like Google, Bing etc. It is a system responsible for delivering the most accurate content to an end user, it captures your search query as a “keyword” and then searches its database for millions of websites to find the most revelent site for the search query.

    To get your website on organic (free) search results, you will need to do a lot of optimization to ensure your website is ready for SEO. We will do this together, read through this entire blog first, and then give it a try!

    - Google search console

    The Google Search Console is the first place you should start to ensure your website is SEO ready, the first thing you will need to do is create a account for Google to scan your website. See below:

    • Create a Google Search Console account

      • Click on “Start now”
      • Login / Create a Google account
    • Add your website
      • Once logged in, click “Add Property”
      • Submit your full domain name

    Verify the domains authority

    Once the website has been added as a property, it will then ask you to create a TXT record to verify that the website is your own. To do this, login to your Plesk panel (if we are your hosting provider) and create a TXT record from within your domains DNS Management Section. To do this, please see the below:

    • Login to Plesk – Tutorial
      • Navigate to “Hosting & DNS” >> DNS Settings
      • Click “Add Record”
      • Configure the record to the below:
      • Type: TXT
      • Domain name: blank (leave empty)
      • TTL: blank (use default)
      • TXT Record = the long string of text Google would have given to you to verify the domain

    Congratulations! You have now added your website to Googles search console!

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