Posted by Grae
Having "only the newest maps" to attract new players is very risky business, I can almost guarantee it won't work. Most people actually AREN'T looking for new maps to play, due to the fact that the reputation for "a new map for CS" generally means it's going to be from some kid who just downloaded the SDK, and it's his first map (equalling "utter shite" [no offense to the mod community, but it's true and you know it]).
24/7 servers do wonderful, the hardest part of getting traffic & regulars to a new 24/7 server is attracting people. People love the same old, with little tweaks. The main draw for a 24/7 server is the community that's built around the server- building this community is the very hardest part of getting your server "going". Yes, it's true, 24/7 servers DO attract quite a lot of hackers & cheaters, but if you know how to spot a hack, have admins on at all times of day AND night, and know how to please your community or clan...well, it's a lot of work, but pretty soon it becomes routine, and you don't really have to worry about it so much.
Having something "attractive" in the name of the server can do wonders for traffic. For instance, both communities that I've been admin at, have used the "Prizes!" technique (e.g. name: "24/7 Office *community/clan name* - PRIZES!"). It'll cost you, but you have to pay to make a name for yourself. Noob Refuge, noobs101 (lol), Noob Specialists...having "Noob" in the title somewhere also helps to bring the people out of the woodwork for some reason, whether it be some pro who wants to bag on some nubs, a hacker looking to score on some regs, or just some noob who's looking for a new home, it really gets the server going.
HEAVY administration is needed to get your server off the ground. Get your friends in the server, and make people you can trust admins on the server. At first, people who can all play at the same time, people will see the numbers in the server list up, and join because of it. After you have built your small base of regulars, THEN is the time to start trusting people to admin when you're not on.
Starting a new server, clan, and/or community is very tricky, and very business-like stuff, it's a gamble. It may take you months to build up on the traffic, just because that's the way it is. You have to actually get you and your friends in there to help populate it before you can start expecting people to come in. It's a very hard process to get going, but once you've gotten into the flow of things, it generally smooths out. Until some jackass in the clan starts causing drama, which brings me to probably my last point:
Get a website. This probably isn't a problem, because generally a server-hosting company will give you a domain name with registration, but, if not, get one. Set up some forums, a place to hang out, talk about the server, a place to report hackers, etc. But be wary, because this IS the place that the drama is going to start. Try and keep the arguing in-between people, either by pming, in-game shit-talk, or by other means. Having constant bad blood between regulars makes people not want to get into the middle of it, and drives them off. Deal with them with scrutiny.
Have a strict regiment on who you ban, you can piss a lot of people off and build a bad reputation by being the owner of the server who bans somebody who called them a dumbass. Yes, it's your server, but why do you have it? A place for people to play, and, with online gaming, shit-talk just comes with the territory. Don't be a hardass admin. Be the cool guy, it works.
And, leading from that: Create a set of rules, and stick to them; meaning that EVERYONE follows the rules, INCLUDING admins. There's always going to be some ass who sees something you did and calls you out on "disobeying your own server's rules". This can just all-out turn into a disastrous occurence, take it with caution. If you have any questions, message me, add me on Steam Friends, even come check out our servers, we'll be glad to help ya out, any time man.
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Please do NOT add a lot of downloads, like sounds, and administrator skins.
Its awful, and people don't want to access server like that.