How To Choose a DST Hosting Provider
Last updated: October 19, 2020
Running a DST server can be tricky if you want to run a dedicated server on your own machine.
You could of course choose the option “generate world” however this can limit your world based on how well your computer can run a DST server.
If you’re playing with a couple of friends you shouldn’t have any problems using the client setup.
You will notice that your world will start to struggle as you progress through the game or invite more players to join your world.
Normally I would suggest running a server locally, however, the benefits of running a dedicated server via a private provider can have many benefits.
This includes support from knowledgeable staff, better server resources and safer storage of game files.
The Important Things To Look For In A Provider
I have a full in-depth guide of the best official hosting providers for Don’t Starve Together for those who already understand hosting which can be found here.
If it’s your first time renting or setting up a dedicated server I’d like to highlight the key areas you should consider before choosing a provider.
The main thing that many new customers will consider is the cost of a DST Server.
The average cost for 10 – 15 players is around $10 which will include the server and technical support, which isn’t bad considering the high cost of other games that require hosting.
Should you choose a cheaper provider over a more expensive one?
Well, that will depend on a number of factors including a providers reputation, support experience, server hardware and customer reviews.
This will help you assess the provider based on customer feedback rather than price.
Cheap providers may be better than more expensive providers or vice versa.
Read the reviews, do some research. Don’t worry about paying a few more dollars if you’re guaranteed a better service, as the price of Don’t Starve Together hosting is pretty similar across all providers.
Knowledgeable Staff and Support
If you’re unfamiliar with running or managing a server, having support from a dedicated team of staff can help you enjoy your Don’t Starve Together server much quicker than setting up one yourself.
Staff will be able to assist you with mod installation, server fixes and general help which will help you better manage your server, making it a great choice for novice customers.
However, you want to make sure server support is included in your monthly subscription as some providers will try to charge you extra for specific support.
For example, many companies will charge an extra couple of dollars per month to have priority support.
This means the provider will answer your support enquires first. Although, I wouldn’t pay the extra money for it as most hosting providers will usually answer support tickets within an hour if they are a highly rated company.
If you’re unsure about a company’s support policy, contact them directly before purchasing the server to avoid additional costs in the future.
Global Data Centres
Choosing the correct data centre is very important for hosting as this will determine the ping value of your connection to the server.
The ping value is essentially the time it takes for a request to be sent from your server.
The quicker the request the smoother the game will run so you want to minimise the distance between your computer and the data centre in which your server is being hosted.
For example if you live in Europe you will want to choose a data centre that is in your country or as close as possible.
Choosing a server in the US for a European client would mean a further distance resulting in lag or server latency, which will affect the game for you and your players.
This can also be a problem if you have players joining from different locations as the server may work for you but cause issues for your friends that are connecting from across the world.
Always make sure you are choosing the data centre that is closest to you or an equal distance between all of your regular players.
Safe File Storage
The last thing you want to consider when choosing a server is the quality of data safety.
All hosting providers should offer DDoS protection and automated backups that will guarantee your server is both safe and can be reinstalled if anything goes wrong.
Usually a company will advertise their server details on the homepage, so you want to double check that they offer “manual/automated server backups” and “DDoS Protection”.
If you’re unable to find these features I would suggest contacting the company directly via live chat, discord, email or Skype.
To conclude this article I will summarise the key features new customers should consider before renting a dedicated Don’t Starve Together server.
This will help you choose the best company to match your budget.
- Don’t let the cost alone determine your judgement.
- Read customers reviews from multiple websites.
- Pick a data centre location that is close to you and your players for better connection.
- Choose a company that is known for their customer support.
- Contact the company directly if you’re unsure about their service.
- Only rent a server from a company that offers DDoS protection.
- Ask the provider to set up automated backups to keep your server files safe
My Hosting Review Process:
1. Find 31 popular Don't Starve Together Server Hosting providers
2. Buy a basic package and set it up
3. Run speed tests on server
4. Compare the features vs. cost