Choosing a Terraria Server Hosting Provider
Last updated: September 19, 2020
Before choosing a Terraria server hosting company you should always do as much research as you can. Try to compare hosting features, cost and support.
I have researched, trialed and rented from hundreds of hosts over the last 10 years.
Many companies have gone out of business or vanished and a few of the big companies still remain as strong as ever.
Most Important Terraria Server Hosting Provider Factors
If you want to conduct your own research I would suggest looking at the following areas:
- Trusted reviews
- Money Back Guarantee
- Companies Age
A basic Terraria server is relatively cheap in comparison to a lot of other games. Prices start from around $12/£10 for a standard 15 – 20 player server. This is a fantastic price in comparison to ARMA 3 or ARK.
When considering the cost of a service I always suggest considering what you’re going to receive in return. What does your package offer?
Most companies should offer you:
- 24/7 Support
- Mod Support
- Your chosen server location
- DDOS Protection
- 99.9% Uptime
- Access to FTP and File Manager
- Command Line Manager
If a server provider can’t guarantee you all of the above, then I would consider looking elsewhere. These are the 7 basic features that a hosting company should be willing to offer you no matter how big or small your server is.
In my experience I have found that cheaper server providers usually fail to provide at least 1 of the 7 features mentioned. Good Companies are pretty competitively priced against each other, so if the price seems too good to be true then you may be in for a surprise.
Make sure you read unbiased, trustworthy reviews when considering a hosting company. I have noticed that many bad reviews I have left in the past have magically disappeared. I won’t go into detail about what companies and websites seem to be shady but it does happen. Companies can easily create false reviews and post them on review websites with very little resistance.
This may be acceptable in some cases, but it seems rather deceiving in my opinion.
Avoid any company that deletes their negative reviews rather than resolving them.
I find community sites are a great place to find honest reviews.
Active users can usually spot hosting companies trying to improve their standing on a community site with “Fake Reviews”.
I always like to find a thread where people are discussing services and write a small article asking for their recommendations.
You can usually gauge if the feedback is credible from the activity of the user.
Money Back Guarantee
Always check the company’s policy before renting your server. Many well established hosting companies will offer a money back guarantee. It’s always great to find a company that offers this guarantee. It makes me feel like they offer a serious product that you are not likely to want to refund. If the company doesn’t offer a guarantee this would be a red flag in my opinion.
If you’re unable to find any mention of a money back guarantee I would always advise asking their sales team. Most websites have a chat option in the bottom right hand corner of their web page. This will allow you to chat with a member of staff. If they do not have a guarantee ask if they have a test server that you can trial. This is a great way to try before you rent. It will give you a better idea of what sort of service you can expect.
Hosting Company Age
When choosing a server you should always consider how long the hosting company has been operating.
New hosting companies are very common as it’s becoming easier to set up websites and servers. Some new hosts do prove to be very good hosts.
However more often than not a new hosting company will stop providing servers within their first year.
Many trusted hosts like Host Havoc, Survival Servers and GameServers.com have collectively provided servers for over 20 years.
Good hosting companies last the longest. Which means you can be confident when choosing a host with more than 5 years of service.
I typically only use well established hosting companies as I have used plenty of “pop up” companies in the past that have trouble keeping their customers happy.
Need more Help Choosing?
If you’re looking for a very unbiased and quick review of my top 5 hosts to consider for your next Terraria server hosting, why not check out my article on the home page. I have tested over 26 different providers to rank my top 5. This included Best “All Round” Host and Best “Budget” Host.
Once you have finished setting up your server you are going to need to find some people to join you.