You have a functioning server! Ain't life grand? But what about all the fiddly details that will make your server YOURS? You want PLUGINS, my friend!
As my teens start logging in, I'm sure my needs will change, but I started with a few basics. Start here to see what's available, http://plugins.bukkit.org/ These are what I'm playing around with now:
To add a plugin, you just download what you want, unzip it if necessary, and put the files into your plugins folder. Personally, I put the download into my plugin folder and THEN unzip it, but my computer programmer boyfriend had a heart attack when I did that---though he couldn't give me a good reason why NOT to, so nyah nyah.
Here's my plugin folder after adding Essentials and Anticheat
Easy! Try logging in now and then to make sure nothing has gone wonky. There's nothing worse than having something go wonky and not knowing WHICH of the many things you just did has caused the problem!
Another important thing: Make sure you have given yourself permission to use the things you're installing. In the main folder, you'll see a file called "ops". When you open it, it shows a blank notepad document. Just type your name, and the names of any other admins in there. Just make a list, no need for punctuation. That should make everything work. To check, get the server running and sign in. Then try a command. Wait, you don't know any? Well then, try this:
/time set night
Did you go from something like this:
If so, you're golden.
You can read about what those plugins all do at their sites, but here's a rundown:
AntiCheat: keeps teens from being able to use cheats in your server. Seems like a good idea.
Essentials: gives you lots of handy tools. I'm still learning to use them, the loooong list of commands is here:http://wiki.ess3.net/wiki/Command_Reference/Perm
WorldEdit: Does what it says on the box! You can get really creative with this, but I've mostly used it to fiddle with the landscape a little to make room for my town. You can easily flatten land, dig big holes, drain ponds, etc. It takes some time to figure out, and it is possible to make a very wonky world, so PRACTICE this one!
GroupManager: This was the easiest permissions thing I have found. It allows you to decide who can do what. In my world right now there are two groups: admins (me and my intern) and the default group that all the teens fall into. GroupManager had things pretty nicely set up already-if the teens decide they need more permissions I think I'll be able to add them, but it gave them reasonable stuff. They can build and fight, but don't have access to TNT, and only I can change the game mode.
ChestRestock: This allows you to put items in a chest, and the chest restocks itself through magic. I like the idea of being able to hide things for the teens to find--this way everyone who finds it gets the prize, and I don't have to worry about restocking it myself.
That's all I'm using, currently! I'd love to know if you discover/have heard of interesting plugins. I saw one that generates a TARDIS, and one that gives you the arena from The Hunger Games! Lots of cool stuff available!