Choosing a Space Engineers Hosting Provider
Last updated: February 28, 2021
Before renting a Space Engineers server you should always consider checking the providers website or contacting them directly about the features they offer.
Most companies will offer server support, backup, DDoS protection, package switching and more.
Important Factors To Check
To help you make the best choice I have included a small description of each of the key features you should have with any package you rent.
24/7 Support and Mod Installation
If you’re new to game hosting, choosing a company with 24/7 support can help you master your server quickly.
The support team will be able to assist you with server set up, modding, configuring files, billing and more.
Always check on a game hosting companies website for the guarantee of “24 hour support, 7 days a week”.
This service should be included in the price of the package.
Data Backups and DDoS Protection
Choosing a company that offers backups and DDoS protection is vital to ensure the safety of your game.
Most hosting companies will offer this service as standard but some providers will include automated backups and better hardware to protect your server against DDoS attacks.
These features are usually listed on a company’s feature page or can be selected at checkout.
Global server location
If you live in Europe or the United States of America, finding a server location is relatively easy as there are plenty of data centres across both these continents.
Also, niche locations will typically be more expensive, smaller companies will avoid offering niche locations due to costing.
If you do need to rent a server in a niche location it’s best to choose one of the more established companies on my best Space Engineers server hosting list.
Game and location switching
Having the ability to switch games, server location or package size is great for players that have an expanding community or play a variety of games.
Around 90% of providers offer this service however some may limit the amount of times you can move or change your game.
If you’re likely to play other games I would suggest renting another server rather than swapping as you may lose your data, save files or settings.
What additional costs are there?
Standard packages are relatively cheap for Space Engineers hosting however, you can choose to further improve your server with additional upgrades.
The following section below specifies the common upgrades you can add to your game. However you will need to pay an additional monthly fee for all of the below services.
Upgrading your support will place you higher in the support tickets queue, making your enquiries a top priority.
This service will cost a few extra dollars per month, however this is great for novice server users that may require more help.
This additional service can always be removed the following month if you feel you no longer need it.
Server Hardware Upgrades
If you require more power for your server you can increase the memory allocation, CPU clock speeds, CPU priority and hard disk.
Each one can be increased individually, however it can become very expensive if you choose to upgrade a lot of the hardware.
If you’re new or have a server with less than thirty players, using additional hardware upgrades in not necessary.
Niche Data Locations
Renting outside of Europe, United States of America or Canada can often result in higher server charges.
Locations such as South America, Australia and South Africa are usually twice as expensive to rent because of their niche locations and difference in economic value.
Sadly this is the same across all providers so you won’t be able to find a cheap server in these niche areas.
Read customer reviews before making your final purchase
If you’re ever unsure about a hosting company you should always read other customer’s reviews.
There are plenty of websites and forums that will talk about a companies’ performance both good or bad.
I would usually suggest reading reviews on the website trust pilot first as this will give you the overall rating of a company and list all reviews by a numbered score.
Many companies will pay for a Trustpilot subscription which will allow them to remove negative reviews.
To conclude this article I have created a short summary of all the features that should be included with your next Space Engineers server.
The lists has been divided into two sections, a standard package and and upgraded package.
Standard Package Features Should Include…
- Choice of data centre locations.
- 24/7 support that can be accessed through a support system or live chat.
- Mods. Ideally you want to choose a provider that has 1 click installs.
- Mod support through a FAQ, videos or technical support.
- DDoS protection to keep your server safe from cyber attacks
- Backups both manual and automated
- 3 day refund policy where possible
Premium Package Features That Can Be Upgraded…
- Improved support (faster ticket response)
- Upgrade your server hardware for a better performance.
- Niche locations including Asia, South America, Africa and Australia
My Hosting Review Process:
1. Find 47 popular Space Engineers Server Hosting providers
2. Buy a basic package and set it up
3. Run speed tests on server
4. Compare the features vs. cost