Hi I have two minecraft mad kids, as are their friends who want to contact and play mini games etc when they are not in the same place. They also want to connect with friends who live miles away and a friend in Turkey. Can we create a safe and secure minecraft server that they can all connect to? And how?
Have you had a look at Minecraft Realms? It's a service offered by Mojang (the makers of Minecraft) to make it easy to set up private multiplayer games without needing to know anything about servers. They do all the hosting and back ups, you control who can play. One player subscribes (it costs $13 a month) and then can invite up to 20 friends to play with them on that world. The only downside is that you can't use mods or texture packs, and it's only available for the computer version at the moment.