Choosing a RUST Hosting Provider
Last updated: April 11, 2021
Before you choose a server you need to understand the different sizes that you can purchase. Most companies offer a starting package at around 20 or 30 slots. This is a great size for a casual player with a few friends.
Choosing a smaller server is a great way to keep the initial cost down. Most RUST server hosting companies allow you to upgrade your server anytime you want. So if you find that your server is always full you can easily ask to increase your player cap. Of course, increasing this cap will cost you a little extra per month.
If you’re looking for a much bigger server you have the option to go up to 400 + player slots. Popular RUST servers can easily max out 200 – 300 players at one time so renting a larger server is recommended if you have a large community following or you are really popular.
Cost per slot
In general, all hosts follow the same pricing structure. It’s common that hosting companies charge based on a per-player basis. Known as “per slot”, essentially the bigger the server you rent the cheaper it becomes per slot.
For example, Host Havoc charges the following:
- 30 slots costs $14.00 which = $0.46 per slot
- 100 slots costs $20.00 which = $0.20 per slot
The host will gradually charge less per slot as the server takes on more players because the initial costs are covered with the first 30 players. Hosting companies realize that it’s a lot harder to fill larger servers so you won’t always be using the necessary resources to run it at capacity.
Always be realistic about the number of players you will have on your server. This will help you avoid overspending on resources and space that you will never use.
Understand that running a server requires a close location to you and your players to connect to. If you live in the UK and you are trying to connect to an Australian server you will notice some connection issues. This is because the distance is far greater than choosing a local hosting network. This will cause a delay in latency and Ping ruining the experience for all players involved.
Try to choose a host that has a server location as close as possible to your user base. Obviously, this may not be possible so always try to use the closest available as an alternative. Most hosting companies offer popular locations like the UK, Australia, USA and Europe. If you are looking for a more niche location you may have to choose a more established host.
Does the company offer mod support? RUST has loads of plugins and mods which you will want to install on your server. If you already have experience with RUST this might be something you can do yourself. However new server owners will need help adding plugins to their server.
Using the supplied control panel can be confusing if it’s your first time, so you need to make sure the company you choose offers support.
Most companies will include support in the price of the package, however, I have seen that some hosts have hidden support costs. Try to avoid cheap providers that don’t include support if you are new.
It could be very expensive for you if you’re continually asking for help.
I also check reviews when I’m looking for a hosting company. You can always get a pretty good idea of how good the company is from player feedback. Try searching for feedback on community forums such as steam or Reddit.
Community feedback from real people is always more dependable. It’s a lot less biased and often free from paid incentives.
Most hosting companies link to reviews on their websites, however, I would always suggest looking for alternative reviews as many companies have the ability to alter negative comments by financial means on sites like Trustpilot.
Try a server hosted by the company
Server hosting companies have hundreds of servers already active, so it’s very easy to find someone else who is currently using their service. If you have the time I would suggest joining servers and asking the admins questions. Who do they host with and why? If they are active and willing to talk to you, they will give you an unbiased opinion of their experience.
A lot of people don’t bother writing reviews so asking them directly is a fantastic way to experience the server first hand. Of course, this takes extra time, but it’s better to go with a hosting company that has positive feedback from their active users.
You will also notice branded serves on the server lists. Hosting companies offer lower costing servers if you agree to have their branding on your listing name. This makes it very apparent which company runs what server. Look out for these branded server listings if you are looking for an easy way to test the relevant company.
In conclusion, you should do your research before choosing a server hosting company. Make sure you know exactly what you need for you and your players to have a good time.
So to recap make sure you consider the following:
- Cost vs. value
- Company reviews
- Mod Support
- Live Support
- Do they have an active team?
- Do they offer Test servers?
- What size server do you need?
- Support Times
- Latency or ping
If you factor in what I have talked about, you won’t have a problem choosing the right hosting company to match your needs. If you are ready to buy a RUST server, I would suggest taking a look at my top 10 RUST hosts guide. I have highlighted all of the positives and negatives aspects of each host as well as given a full review.