Old Unturned hosting system

I remember back in the semi-early beta where you could enter a proper IP and your own made up port and your friends could easily join you. Now you have to buy a dedicated server or go through the hassle of making one yourself. Which is often quite boring and time consuming when you just want to play with 1 or 2 other friends, and have control over what happens in your server. I still have no idea why they even removed the old hosting button in the first place, though. So if anyone knows what the problems with this are then please say so.