How to Make a Gaming Website and Set Up Your Own Server

A gaming website can be used as a streaming site or a gaming blog, and we take you through the steps to create one. This pairs well with setting up your server. There are several disadvantages to a paid dedicated server, which we discuss, along with the requirements for a DIY alternative. 

Six Steps To Creating A Gaming Website 

Decide what you want to use the gaming website for. This step is important in helping you select a domain name. In this instance, our reason for creating a website is to have a gaming server.

Choose your domain name. Check if it has already been used here, in which case you will have to pick another name. Register it through a company that provides domain registration services. Ideally, go with one that gives you a .com suffix. 

The third step is to sign up for a web hosting plan. Choose one from a list of the ten most recommended providers. You will also need a virtual private server (VPS), which we tell you how to set up. You can get plans that cover your website and server. 

Choose a Content Management System (CMS). The CMS will be the platform for your website. This saves you from having to know and do coding. Joomla or WordPress are both suitable options.

The fifth step is to design your website. A CMS makes this simple. You can include whatever pages you like. Some suggestions are an About Us page, a blog page, and Gaming Instructions. You can also add plugins for more functions. Select a theme that matches your site. The CMS will provide you with choices.

The last step is to set up a gaming server. This can then be configured for the game you want to host. The game developer provides these instructions.

Disadvantages of Peer-To-Peer (P2P) Hosting And Client-Server Hosting

Why have your own server? If you have experienced P2P hosting or client-server hosting, you would have noticed that these servers result in lags or a lack of control over the game configuration. Hence, a dedicated server is preferable and will ensure better connectivity and performance. 

With P2P, the PC of the person who started a particular game has to carry all the other players. This requires a stable internet connection and sufficient storage, bandwidth, and processing speed for everyone. The game may crash, or else will evidence delays, which does not make for an annoyance-free game. 

With client-server hosting, the gamers feed off the game publisher’s server. The latter provides connections for each player. This leaves them with no control over the game specifications.

Setting Up Your Own Server

Dedicated server hosting includes STEAM-listed games and non-STEAM games. There is an associated cost. The alternative is to create your own server. 

The first requirement is to look at Gaming PCs that can host 32 players online. You will need a desktop that has built-in cooling fans, a central processing unit (CPU) with a lower-end clock speed of 2.5GHZ, a server motherboard, a terabyte solid-state drive (SSD), 16 GB of RAM, and 64-bit Windows. You can also build this from scratch using an old PC. Additionally, you will need a gaming PC for yourself as the first one functions as your server.

Although it is a lengthy process to set up a website and server, you will have tons of fun playing your favourite game with multiple players once it is done.