Plugin recommendations

General useful plugins we recommend:

Essentials
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/essentials/
https://hub.spigotmc.org/jenkins/job/Spigot-Essentials/ (Use this link if you are running a 1.8+ server)
Essentials offers over 100 commands and features useful on just about every server, Essentials is also one of the most popular Minecraft plugins. A few of its major features are player homes, warps, economy system, and kits.

Few examples of commands:
/tpa, /spawn, /sethome, /home, /warp
/gm, /gamemode, /fly
/heal, /feed, /god

You can find a full list of Essentials commands here.

ClearLagg
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/clearlagg/
Clearlag can reduce server/tps lag on your server by removing entities, and preventing it through it's many optional features. If you are using a larger server with 20+ players, simply using the /lagg clear command can drastically decrease RAM/CPU usage by simply removing your configured entities.

Votifier
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/votifier/
Votifier is a Bukkit plugin whose purpose is to get notified (aka votified) when a vote is made on a Minecraft server list for the server. And you can reward your players with in-game items and currency for voting for your server.

Multiverse
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/multiverse-core/
Multiverse is a complete world management plugin for Bukkit, You can create multiple worlds of different types, seeds and with custom generators, set the game mode per world (creative or survival) and create Multiverse Portals to let users go between other portals, worlds, or locations.

Multiworld
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/multiworld-v-2-0/
Multiworld is a easy to use multiple world management plugin, It supports custom end and nether worlds for each worlds.

WorldEdit
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/worldedit/
WorldEdit is an easy-to-use in-game world editor for Minecraft servers. You can do tasks such as copy/paste, rotate and set/replace blocks in a selected area. WorldEdit is also used on most servers and required by many plugins.

WorldGuard (Requires WorldEdit)
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/worldguard/
WorldGuard is a toolbox of various functions, that lets you protect your server from a number of problems. With WorldGuard you can create zones in your world that only admins or certain players can build within and set game rules on your server such as deny pvp, falling damage and etc.

VoxelSniper
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/voxelsniper/
VoxelSniper is the premier long range map editing tool for Minecraft. This plugin allows you to edit any block that you can see using an arrow (for replacing) and a gunpowder (for adding). It is best used by those with a strong attention to detail and fits a wide array of applications.

WorldBorder
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/worldborder/
This plugin is intended to efficiently provide a border for each of your worlds, which only people granted special bypass access are allowed beyond. These borders can be round/elliptic or square/rectangular. Additional world trimming and filling commands are available as well.

Dynmap
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/dynmap/
A Google Maps-like map for your Minecraft server that can be viewed in a browser. Easy to set up when making use of Dynmap's integrated web server which works out-of-the-box.


PlotSquared
https://www.spigotmc.org/resources/plotsquared.1177/
PlotSquared is a land management plugin and world manager which also comes with several highly configurable world generators. Each plot is also protected and only the owner of the plot can build on it. PlotSquared is perfect for creative/build servers.

Vault
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/vault/
Vault itself does not add any features/commands to the game. But vault is widely supported by many permissions, economy, chat plugins. Vault is required by many plugins and it will allow plugins on your server to work together.

Group Manager
http://wiki.ess3.net/wiki/Group_Manager
Group Manager is an implementation of permissions. It allows you to set up permissions for groups, and add users to these groups. The result is you can have multiple groups/ranks which have access to specified commands. Group Manager is also one of the easiest permission plugins to setup and use.

PermissionsEx (PEX)
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/permissionsex/
PermissionsEx (PEX) is group/permissions system recommended for advanced users. It comes with powerful in-game management, restrictions for world modification. But most importantly, it offers different backends such as MySQL, this is useful if you have a BungeeCord server.

SignShop (Requires Vault)
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/signshop/
(Only install if you don’t have Essentials or if you have Essentials signs disabled.)
SignShop allows you to set up physical shops on your server. Players can sell, buy, trade in-game items. It's also easy to setup and customize.

Shopkeepers
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/shopkeepers/
This plugin allows you to set up custom villager shopkeepers that sell exactly what you want them to sell and for what price. You can set up admin shops, which have an infinite supply, and you can also set up player shops, which pull supply from a chest. It will also prevent any other trades with non-shopkeeper villagers if you want it to.

Towny
https://www.spigotmc.org/resources/towny-advanced.72694/
Towny is a versatile, player-controlled land management plugin. Towny offers solutions for pvp, griefing, chat, inflated economies and monsters to Minecraft server admins. Towny allows players to work together and against each other as they see fit.


McMMO
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/mcmmo/
The goal of mcMMO is to take core Minecraft game mechanics and expand them into add an extensive and quality RPG experience. Currently, mcMMO adds fourteen unique skills to train and level in. Each of these skills is highly customizable through configuration files, allowing server admins to tweak mcMMO to best suit the needs of his or her server.

Factions (Requires Mcore)
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/factions/
With this plugin players group up in Factions. You claim land as your own and build your base. Factions is a self-serve anti-griefing system. Leaders control who can edit their faction land.
Factions is also about diplomacy and war. You declare wars and forge alliances. You fight over land and manage your monetary expenses.

Citizens
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/citizens/
Citizens is the original Bukkit NPC plugin, adding everything from simple NPCs that talk to lively, active Denizens, Sentries, Traders and more. Citizens contains a variety of toggleable characters and advanced features such as scripting and AI.

CoreProtect
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/coreprotect/
CoreProtect is a data logging and anti-grief plugin. CoreProtect will log broken/placed blocks, items placed/removed from chests, liquid flow and much more. CoreProtect can be used to rollback (revert) changes made to your world. CoreProtect will work out of the box and without having to configure any MySQL databases.

LogBlock
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/logblock/
Logblock is a good alternative plugin for CoreProtect. LogBlock comes with all features included in CoreProtect plugin for logging data on your server. However LogBlock does require configuring a MySQL database for it to function. You can find how to setup a MySQL database here.

LWC
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/lwc/
LWC is the longest-lived single block protection plugin that protects both the block itself and contents of Chests, Furnaces, and Dispensers. It can also protect any other blocks, and by default will also protect Doors (Wooden + Iron), Signs and Trap Doors.

Grief Prevention
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/grief-prevention/
Grief prevention is an all in one anti-grief plugin. It will automatically prevent most forms of grief including build/break, theft, spam, fire, spawn camping, lava and more. Grief prevention will allow players to claim their own land using the golden shovel and max claim allowance grows with time played on the server.

NoCheatPlus
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/nocheatplus/
NoCheatPlus attempts to prevent cheat clients from exploiting weaknesses of Minecraft or its protocol, making your server more safe. Checks cover a wide range of issues including flying and speeding, fighting hacks, fast block breaking and nukers, inventory hacks, chat spam and other types of malicious behaviour.

Buycraft
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/buycraft/
Buycraft enables you to sell in game items/memberships to your community, allowing yourself to fund your server bills to keep your Minecraft server alive. Buycraft is basically an online shopping cart system for your own server

Enjin
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/emp/
Enjin is an online website builder for Minecraft servers, Enjin comes with a forums, vote, donation system for Minecraft servers.

Minecraft Market
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/minecraft-market-free-donation/
Minecraft Market is a web-based shopping system which will allow you to sell just about anything that can be executed via a command. MinecraftMarket is easy to setup and they also have a free plan with unlimited packages and categories.

EchoPet
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/echopet/
EchoPet is a simple Donator Perk plugin designed to add Pets that follow players around on their adventures throughout Minecraft. Pets are greatly customizable, through the extensive command base and PetMenu.

DisguiseCraft (Requires ProtocolLib) 
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/disguisecraft/
You can disguise yourself as any mob with DisguiseCraft plugin. This includes babies, colored sheep, sized slimes/magmacubes, tamed/aggressive wolves with colored collars, tabby/tuxedo/siamese cats, saddled pigs, villager occupations, and charged creepers.

If any information you see here is outdated please let us know by creating a support ticket. Thank you. 

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