Discord, a real-time chat platform, goes beyond the gaming community. You can make a free Community server for people all over the world to come together over anything from memes to gardening. Here’s how.
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Why Should You Make a Community Server?
You can easily make a private or public Discord server for friends and friends of friends. Those servers are quite limited in terms of size, however. Community servers, on the other hand, can accommodate thousands of users interested in topics ranging from gaming to anime.
To get an idea of what they’re like, click on the Explore button in the Discord app or website and browse the existing Community servers.
It’s a good idea to make a Community server if your goal is to gather a lot of global members with the same interests and create a safe space without any abuse, spam, or trolling.
That’s part of the requirements that Discord lays down for creating a Community server:
- Member Screening: Only users with a verified email can send public or private messages (except for the moderators).
- Explicit Media Removal: You can let Discord scan the media shared on the server and automatically delete any explicit content.
- Rules Channel: A dedicated channel that lists server Rules, or a Guidelines channel for new members to read.
- Moderators Channel: A dedicated channel for Moderators and admins for Discord to relay updates about new moderation features and generic Community updates.
A typical Community server also offers features like a personalized Welcome screen, Announcement channels for broadcasting messages, Stage channels for audio-only conversations, and server insights.
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Here’s how to set up your Community server in Discord.
How to Create a Community Server on Discord
To begin setting up a Community Server, download the Discord app (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux), open it, and sign in.
You can create a Community server from scratch, just like how you make your own Discord server. First, click on the large plus (+) icon on the left column to create a new server.
From the next window that pops up, select “Create My Own” if you want to make a Community server from scratch. However, it’s a good idea to use ready templates, so scroll down a bit and choose “Local Community.”
Next, select “For a Club or Community.”
Type the server name in the box and, if you want, upload a display picture for your server (You can always do that later, though.). Hit “Create.”
That will create a new Community server with relevant channels.
You’ll still need to go through the process outlined below, however, to enable things like Verified Email Only and Explicit Media Removal.
How to Change Your Discord Server to a Community Server
If you have an existing private server with a lot of members in it, you can convert it into a Community server. To do that, select your server name in the top-left corner and choose “Server Settings” from the drop-down menu.
In your server’s settings menu, click the “Enable Community” option under the “Community” section on the left column, and select the “Get Started” button from the right side.
That reveals a window in which to choose the settings for your Community server. Check the box for “Verified email required” to allow only people with a verified email to join your Community server.
Next, check the box for “Scan media content from all members” to let Discord automatically scan and delete media if it contains explicit content. Then, click the “Next” button to proceed.
If you want Discord to create a new Rules and Community Updates channel automatically, click Next. Or, you can use the dropdown to pick the channel for Rules and Community Updates. Then, click “Next.”
Check the box for “Default notifications to Mentions Only” if you want your server to send notifications only for mentions.
Check the box for “Remove moderation permissions for @everyone” to revoke all moderator-level permissions for all members.
Finally, check the box for “I agree and understand” if you agree to follow Discord’s rules for Community servers.
After checking any relevant boxes, select the “Finish Setup” button. Discord shows you a banner notifying you that “Your server is now a Community Server.”
Under the “Server Description” section, add a description of your Community Server. This description will appear when you create custom invite links when embedded on social networks, messengers, or other sites. Once that’s done, hit the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.
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How to Add a Custom Welcome Screen to a Community Server
Whether you create a new Community server from scratch or convert your existing one, you need to create a Welcome Screen for the new users. Setting up a Welcome Screen helps the new members know what activities they can do in the different channels.
With the Discord app or website open, click on your Community server’s name to bring up the drop-down menu and select “Server Settings.”
Select the “Welcome Screen” under the “Community” section on the left-hand column, and then click the “Set Up Welcome Screen” button on the right-hand side.
Next, Discord will ask you to set a recommended channel that all of the new members should visit first. It could be the rules, general, or any other channel that you’ve made.
Under the “What do people do in this channel” option, select an emoji and write a brief description of activities to do in the chosen channel. Once you’re done, click the “Save” button.
The Welcome Screen set-up window shows an error for the top 5 recommended channels that Discord automatically populates for your server. You can delete or customize them to remove the errors. For instance, you can connect the recommended “Please read the rules” channel with the “Rules” channel that you created while setting up the server.
Click the “Edit” button next to the “Please read the rules” channel.
Use the dropdown to select “Rules,” or whatever you’ve set as the name for the Rules channel. Or else, you can hit “Remove” to delete that channel from the list of the Welcome Screen message. Then, repeat the same process for the other channels.
Finally, add a server description.
Hit the Preview button if you want to see how the Welcome Screen looks.
Check that everything looks fine in the Welcome Screen preview.
Then, press Esc to close it. Once you’ve made the changes to the Welcome Screen content, hit the “Enable” button in the top-right corner.
That’s it. When people join your Community server, the custom Welcome Screen will help them find out what they can do on the server. Also, you can run deals, auctions, and sales on your Community server if you plan to use Discord for your Business. And with spam having become so common, you may want to read about securing your Discord server against raids, identifying and stopping server nukes, and avoiding other forms of Discord abuse.
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