Minecraft server hosting is a specialized form of Web hosting that, instead of just allowing people access to the Internet, allows access to the online game of Minecraft. Minecraft is a game that is extremely simple in theory, but can be as advanced as you want and becomes even more addicting the deeper in you get, and the most you start to build your world which is the entire point.
Minecraft server hosting can mean different things to different people however, because there are a few different sides to Minecraft server hosting. The first, is the main gaming host. This host, such as the host MinecraftZone.com, has multiple servers (sometimes rooms of servers) that people can either purchase or more commonly, rent for a monthly or yearly charge. This host can be as involved or uninvolved as those who rent the servers want, either managing them entirely or leaving that to the individual renting the server.
The individual that rents or buys the server from the gaming host can then advertise people to join on their server. Individuals can do as much or as little advertising as they want, depending on how many people they want to join their server. The renter can also maintain the server by installing different Minecraft mods and plugins, and can even decide who joins, and who doesnt.
Those that dont want to deal with maintaining a server or looking for people to join, and just want to play the game of Minecraft, can do so simply be joining onto a server. Server lists can be found online and often the original Minecraft server host will also provide a list of servers available from their clients that are also available to join.
Minecraft server hosting can have very different costs, ranging from free services to those that are quite costly every month. While no one needs to overpay to play the game of Minecraft, or to rent a server, free services usually dont offer as many options, plugins, or ways to customize your server as those who charge a small fee will.