Seems a lot of the player base has died since I played quite a bit back in 2016. I posted on discord this suggestion but so everyone sees it I posted here.
To grow the player base I suggest to take down or make new posts on server advertisement websites that way people can see the server under "Recently Added" or "New Servers". Also look into modpacks that the modded minecraft youtubers play. That should bring in some more players. I'm no expert but figured I would see what others and staff think of my idea.