I started my server private for my brother and my cosins, then went public. It started in the year mid-2012 with minecraft 1.2.5.
My server was just a normal random server, it was kind of well made for a Minecraft newbie. I got once griefed but I laughed at him because I had CoreProtect installed. After that I never got griefed.
The server was a survival factions server with minigames like spleef, survival games and mob arena. Later upgraded to a hub-style server with BungeeCord etc.
I was home-hosting, there was common connection lag from far countries. The server only lagged when reached 20-25+ players jumping around, playing and chatting, maybe even attempting to hack?
All players has same ranks, trusted had a rank, admins, master admin and mods.
The community was very small, does not need a forum.
People need to make their servers easy, like really easy to start so they wont have to deal with hunger, mobs, pvp etc. when they join the community, especially with the new difficulty system based on chunks which makes it harder day by in-game day.
It shut down about over a year ago because of hard to work on with tight scheduling and school, especially with a lot of things planned.
The server might and might not come back. Probably 30% or less chance that it is ever coming back.
If it would ever come back, most plugins I custom make for the server will be on GitHub (possibly Ore).
Yes, it would be running Sponge too if I am going to make it alive from the dead!
I had plans but then I stopped planning and forgot about it.
The new server plan is I would make the server fully custom and easy to play in and navigate with a small community. I hope the server wont load a lot, so wont advertise the server strongly, maybe advertise more of out of players, when full then I will stop advertising for a little while.