You have a Discord bot ready to be put online. How do you make sure it stays up and running 24 hours a day, all year without any issues?
You can always run it on your own personal computer, but any power outage or network lag will affect all your users…
You could use a free hosting solution, but those are never stable or reliable.
What should you do?
Using a Virtual Private Server (VPS) to Reliably Host Your Discord Bot
The answer is — use a VPS!
Virtual Private servers are the most reliable way we’ve found to host a Discord bot and keep it online.
The best part is, if your bot starts being used by hundreds of servers, you can easily upgrade your VPS (in just a few minutes) and add more bandwidth/memory/capability.
It’s a win-win situation.
We’ll be following along with our super detailed guide on Discord Bot Hosting to get our VPS up and running.
I recommend you read that guide from start to finish and follow along with the VPS setup (every step is illustrated); the good stuff starts at this section of the guide.
Once you’ve gone through the VPS setup process, you’ll have a fully functioning Virtual Private Server that you have full control of.
What’s really cool about that setup is the fact that we can use a “Process Manager” to run multiple bots at once on the same VPS (here’s the PM2 Process Manager section of the guide).
This means that assuming your VPS has enough memory and bandwidth to handle your multiple bots, you can run multiple bots at once on a single server.
And in case you don’t have enough memory (or are just starting out with the cheapest VPS plan), you can easily upgrade your VPS by making a “snapshot” and transferring it to a more powerful instance.
Either way, hosting your Discord bot doesn’t have to be extremely complicated and technical.
As long as you follow that guide step by step, you should have a working bot on your own server in around an hour, perhaps a bit more your first time going through the process.
And that’s Discord bot hosting in a nutshell!
Note: It may be a good idea to set up a “test server” VPS for trying the waters and seeing how your bot performs. If you’re trying to host your bot 24/7 and take it off your PC, then you should’ve already tested your bot thoroughly on your PC. In theory, when you get it up on a dedicated VPS, it should run even better! The main idea here is, test it out for a day or two to make sure things work as intended.