For starters, these are the minimal things you need to know to survive.
Starting worth: 1000©
(1) Claim your kits daily /kits daily everyday.
(2) Join Jobs immediately /jobs join. You can apply up to 3 jobs, refer to 'how to make money' guide for more info.
(3) There are currently 3 warps, namingly grassland, hills and coastal. Simply use the portal at town hall or do /warp to access the warps. You are advice to travel far from warps. Any buildings which restricts other travelers will be removed. Once you find a good piece of land and decide to settle down, start to claim your land first (refer to towny guide).
(4) Trading with mobs can be done at the town hall, the goods they sell will change over time. Shop can be accessed anywhere you are, just type /shop.
(5) Keep up to date by checking the server website frequently. All the news, updates and gifts will be released there.
Thanks for reading :)