Minehut has thousands of players and servers online every single day. To make sure that we can always have enough room for players to start their free servers, we need to scale up to allow room for them. We never have a queue, and always have room for as many servers as players try to start. That also means that as the day starts to end and we have fewer users online, we have room to run more servers than we need. To help save on costs to make sure that we can always provide you with solid and stable free servers, we have to consolidate how many servers are running.
How Servers Work
We generally run about 20 Minecraft servers per host node we have. This number allows us to run a lot of free servers, while also making sure that we don't put too many on a host node which would cause lag. When we're running way fewer than 20 Minecraft servers per host node, we consolidate them onto fewer nodes to make it cheaper to run your free server.
For example, if we have 4 host nodes running with 10 servers on each of them, we would shut down 2 of those host nodes so we have 20 servers on 2 host nodes. In order to make this happen, we give servers an hour notice before we will shut them down.
If you see this warning on the panel or in-game, you can take action to prevent it from shutting down later on. If you go to your panel, stop your server, then force hibernate it, your server can be turned back on right away. If you do that, the warning about your server shutting down will go away.
To hibernate your server, please go to https://minehut.com/dashboard/danger and select 'FORCE HIBERNATE in your danger zone. This will cause your server to go into hibernation. Once in a hibernated state, you can start it back up again by selecting 'START' on the top tab.