Thanks for the replies. @Draco: When I searched for "official minecraft forge forum", this site is what I got. Thanks for the link to Curse. @Choonster: Thanks for your input. I was assuming most were universal, but since every single one I tried crashed the server, I was beginning to assume I was wrong. Must be another issue I'm not aware of... The minimap and perms mods, surprisingly, I actually already understood were single side mods (client OR server).
This may not be the appropriate forum section for this question, but is there a posted list of server mods available for a Forge server running MC 1.9.4, along with good instructions on installing the client and server side parts of each mod (if they are different)? ? I've successfully set up a Forge server and now want to un-vanilla it, but so far I've not had any success with the ones I've tried to use. The server always crashes. Also, I'm looking for add-ons or mods that will allow me to set up safe zones, add pre-made structures, etc. My research has pointed to several, but all of the ones Ive seen seem to require a Spigot or Bukkit server. Any help appreciated.