I think the render distance on these servers are absolutely horrible. You can't see ANYTHING. A server with 2gb should be more than capable of handling 12-15. I read somewhere that this is because it "improves performance", however render distance is entirely up to the player's computer, not the server. Besides, it should be customizable for people that can't put it high, and those that can. So is there really no way of changing render distance? Is there a plugin that I can install that counteracts this and lets me change it higher?
To change that, go to server.properties file. I recommend setting the render distance below 8 since it can improve the performance by a lot!
A server with 2gb should be more than capable of handling 12-15
No. Just no. Also, CPU also plays a major part, which would most likely be the bottleneck on Aternos
however render distance is entirely up to the player's computer, not the server
wrong. the server has to load the world around the player and send that data to the player, more renderrange = more stuff the server has to load and send
The most render distance you get with paper, 10 chunks
However, you can set it to something like 6 and instead put up the no-tick-render-distance in the paper.yml to idk 16, which will give you probably better performance with better view range