March 29, 2020, 9:00am EDT
There are Discord servers for just about any purpose. Your friends can make a server for hanging out and chatting, or developers can create official channels for their games. All you need to join a server is a link.
Option 1: Join a Discord Server in a Web Browser
We recommend joining a Discord server by using the Discord app for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, or Linux, although it’s not required. If you don’t have the app installed, you can still join a server through a web browser on most devices.
To join a Discord server without the app, click on the invite link provided to you. Discord invite links will look something like this: https://discord.gg/XxX1X1
If you have an account, click “Already Have An Account?” to sign in and join the server. If you don’t have an account, Discord will ask you for a username. Type it in, and select “Continue”.
If you choose not to log in here, Discord will prompt you to create an account. If you don’t, you will not be able to access any private chats you have on this server after you close the browser.
Option 2: Join a Discord Server Through the App
The Discord app provides more features than the website. You can download it for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, and iPad.
Sign in to the app and then click on the invite link provided to you. The link will automatically open the app which will prompt you to confirm that you’d like to join the server.
Once you’ve joined the server, Discord will automatically open it in your app. You can see the list of all your servers on the left side of the app.
Option 3: Join a Discord Server Through the Join Menu
Alternatively, in either the desktop app or the web app, you can click the plus sign in the bottom left.
Next, click “Join a Server”. Paste the server link into this menu, and press “Join”.
Finding Discord Servers
If you want to find servers that fit your interests, use Discord’s Server Discovery feature to search through available Discord servers by keyword. To access Server Discovery, click the magnifying glass icon in the bottom left.
Server Discovery is available in the desktop app and the web app. Most games or communities will have a Discord server, so Google for one. If one doesn’t appear, you can create your own!
Discord’s user-friendly invite features make it easy to find and join communities that fit your interests. You can also use the app to easily bring your friends or fans together by posting your own custom invite link on social media.
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Discord servers are like a community where all the members can communicate via text, call, video, and they can even share the screen with each other. Servers are a great place to find new friends, as by joining a discord server, you can find similar minded people with similar interest. And these members can be assigned different roles on the server. A user on discord is allowed to join a maximum of 100 servers, and these servers can be for particular games like PUBG or Fortnite or for anything else.
As soon as someone creates an account on Discord, the first thing they do is join an existing server according to their interest. But few people may find the process a bit confusing. So we decided to come up with this article to clear up that confusion for PC/Mac as well as for the Android and iOS devices.
Join A Discord Server
It isn’t that hard, and it can be done in two ways:
With an Invitation Link: To join a discord server, all you need is an invitation of that server, which you have received from a friend, or from any existing member of that server.
Discovering new Servers: If you don’t have the server link, even then you can Discover/Find the servers by yourself, and join the community.
(Note: The Steps for Windows and Mac are exactly the same, so you can perform the steps given below on any of the platforms)
With An Invitation Link
Joining a server on Discord is really easy if you have the invitation link of that particular server. You just need to follow these steps to do so.
1. Launch the Discord desktop app on your PC or Mac. If you don’t have the desktop app, then you can log into discord on your Web browser.
2. After logging in, you’ll directly be on your home page. Now click on the + icon on the extreme left side of the Discord screen.
3. Now click on “Join a server”.
4. At last, paste the invitation link of that server and click on “Join.”
(Note: If you’ve got the invitation link from a friend on Discord itself, then you just have to go to that friend’s chat to find that link. After that you’ll see a “Join” button on the right side of that link.)
That’s it, now enjoy being a member of that server.
Discover New Servers To Join
If you want to join different servers but haven’t got an invitation link to join them, then you can discover new servers by following these simple steps.
1. Log into your Discord account on the Desktop app or on the web browser.
2. On your homepage, you’ll see a Search icon on the left side of your discord screen. Click on it.
3. Now simply type the name of a game, esports team or an artist in the search bar. After that, click “Enter” to find the related servers.
4. After getting the related results, take your cursor on any desired server and click on “View.”
5. Now you’ll get to the welcome page of that server. Finally, Click on the “Join Server” button, which you can find at the bottom of the screen. You can also click on the “Back to Discovery” button if you want to look for other servers.
(Note: Do note that there are different guidelines to join a particular Discord server. So it may be that you’ll have to follow some additional steps to become a member, like solving a ReCaptcha.)
Join Discord Servers On Android And iOS
You can join using an invitation link, or by discovering the servers as we’ve done on a computer.
The steps to do that are exactly the same with Android and iOS devices, so we’ve included the steps for Android. But you can follow these same steps in an iOS device.
With An Invitation Link
Doing it using your mobile app is a piece of cake. Just follow the given steps to do so.
1. Launch the Discord Android app on your smartphone and tap on the menu icon on the extreme left corner of the screen.
2. Scroll down the list of existing servers on the extreme left, to find the + icon and then tap on it.
3. Now tap on “Join a Server.”
4. Finally, paste the invitation link of the server and tap on “Join.” (Note: In case of an iOS device, tap “Done” on the keypad after pasting the link)
Discover New Servers On Android And iOS
Unlike with Desktop app, you can’t discover new servers from the Discord mobile app. But don’t worry because even then we’ve got you covered. Just relax and follow the steps given below to join a Discord server without an invitation link.
1. Visit Discord.me on your mobile web browser and after getting to the site, search for any server you want to join.
2. After getting a list of related servers, tap on “Join Now”.
3. As soon as you click on “Join Now,” you might have to solve ReCaptcha for some servers. After that, you’ll be redirected to the Discord mobile app with an invite to join that server. (Note: You can also choose not to be redirected to the mobile app and continue browsing on the web browser. But then you might have to log in to your Discord account to continue further.)
4. Finally, just tap on “Accept Invite.”
So joining a Discord server wasn’t that hard after all, was it? Discord servers can be a great place to have fun and make new friends from far away places. Now by following the steps shown in this article, you can easily become a member of a server with an invite. And even without an invitation link, you can discover new servers on your PC and your mobile, and join them if you find them interesting.
The best way to learn is to watch others do what you want to do. To understand how all these connections work you need to take a look at other communities to see how they run things. No two Discord servers are alike, and you will want to learn from others so that you know how this platform works.
So how do we join Discord servers?
No cover at the door: Joining open servers
Underneath your Server’s avatar are two icons: Add a Server and Server Discovery. We will use both to help you out in your first steps in building a community.
1. Click the magnifying glass below the plus sign in the top-left corner of the Discord app.
This icon is your Server Discovery tool.
A directory of servers appears below a search bar, prompting you to search various topics. The Server Discovery Directory, shown here, is your guide to open communities that welcome new users to their servers.
2. Scroll down to review the featured communities, or click the Next button at the bottom of the directory to review another offering of Discord servers.
3. When you have found a community you wish to join, click that server.
Whether you click the server or the View button, you will be ushered to a holding area that usually features the rules of a server. It will be in your best interest to read this page carefully before clicking the Join Server button located at the bottom right of Discord.
4. When you’re ready, click the Join Server button.
When a server is joined, an avatar for that server appears on the left side of your Discord. You can begin chatting, provided that the room allows chatting.
5. Return to the Server Discovery tool, and this time, enter a favorite video game in the Search bar, located above the featured servers.
At present, Discord’s search directory is limited to gaming topics. In the case of nongaming interests, you will find discussions on individual servers.
6. Repeat steps 2 and 4 to join a server that interests you.
Now that you have joined servers, you should notice those servers in your left sidebar. To visit the servers, simply click the server’s avatar, and you find yourself there, ready to chat. The various topics with the hash-tag symbol are called channels, where engagement happens. Here, you discuss whatever the channel’s topic features.
By Invitation Only: Joining Private Servers
This is how you can jump into popular, public servers, but there are plenty other servers — like your own — you can enjoy, provided that you have an invitation. I am going to use my server (TheTeeMonster’s Not-So-Secret-Lair) as the example of what to do when you get an invite to a server.
When you receive an invite, a URL will be provided. The link can be sent via email, text, or chat.
1. When you receive the link, click the link to launch Discord and join the new server, or copy the link to your Clipboard by pressing Ctrl+C (Windows) or Apple key+C (macOS).
The invitation URL for my server is https://discord.gg/62dvzyk.
2. If you copied the URL, click the Add Server button, located above the Server Discovery button.
3. Select the Join a Server option.
4. Enter the URL in the provided field (shown here) and then click the Join button.
You have joined a server via invitation. Simple as that.
But if you spend some time at this server and find the discussions are not to your liking, follow these steps:
1. Find the server you wish to leave in the left-hand sidebar of your Discord. Right-click it to access the Options menu.
2. Choose the Leave Server option from the drop-down menu.
3. Confirm this decision by clicking the Leave Server button.
Now that you have set up your own server, refined your profile, and joined servers, it’s time to make connections and begin tapping into what Discord can do. There are discussions happening right now, and it’s time to make your voice heard. You might make a few new friends as you continue this adventure in Discord.
A discord user or the owner must know how to invite someone to a discord server so that you can connect and add more friends or people having the same interest to grow your discord server.
Sharing discord invite link is the solution through which you can add more and more people to your discord server.
This article will help you to understand all the possible ways and methods to share discord link.
How to Invite Someone to a Discord Server
Make sure you protect your account with discord 2-factor authentication because you are looking forward to growing your server which means more people and more risk.
The invite can be created for the server or for any specific channel, let’s start how to share discord link.
1. Create Server Invite link (PC) _____________________
If you create a server invite to add people by sharing the link, they will be added to the entire server and can view all the channels in the server.
How to create discord Server Invite link
Step 1:- Open the Discord dashboard and navigate to the server for which you want to create the link.
Step 2:- Click on the drop-down beside to server name and choose “Invite People” which will bring up a new window of Invite.
Step 3:- Now the first if you want to invite your friends then choose from the list displayed or simply search their name on the search box and click invite.
How to share a discord server
Step 4:- If you simply want to share the link to any on the group or any other server then just copy the link.
Create Server Invite (Mobile)________________________
Creating a server invite link in mobile is also an easy task, follow the steps
Step 1:- Open the Discord app on your mobile and then the server you want to share.
Step 2:- Click on the 3 dots beside to server name and then tap on invite
how to invite someone to a discord server mobile
Step 3:- Now here again you will see the list of people whom you can directly send the invite or you can search the name.
Step 4:- At the bottom, you will be displayed with the discord invite link, tap, and hold on the link to copy.
You can now share this link with anyone.
2. Create Channel Invite Link (PC)___________________
If you want to invite someone to any specific channel of discord, you can also do that by going to channel invite.
You can create another discord accounts to test how this work, you can learn how to use multiple discord accounts at once to understand the entire process .
Step 1:- Open the Discord dashboard and then hover up to the channel for which you want to create a link.
Step 2:- Once you hover up to the channel name, you will see an icon of humans with + sign click on it to open the invite option.
create an invite for the discord channel
You can also do by right-clicking on the channel name and choose Invite.
Step 3:- Now you will see the same options as you saw in the server invite, from the user’s list click on invite to send them the invite, or copy the invite link below to share on other platforms.
You can also create a custom discord link for few members, for which you need to copy this link and share it with the people to get them in the customs room.
Create Channel Invite Link (Mobile)_________________ _
Step 1:- Open the Discord app on your android or iPhone and hover up to the channel.
Step 2:- Tap and hold on the channel name to bring channel options, from the options tap on the invite.
Step 3:- List of users will be displayed, simply tap on Invite if you want to send them the direct invite.
Step 4:- At the bottom, you will find the channel invite link, tap, and hold on the link to copy.
You can now share this link wherever you want
Edit Discord Invite Link
Discord has given many options for invite links which can be modified according to the time duration and the user’s limitation.
Once you open the Discord server or channel invite link, just below the link you will find an option of “Edit Invite link” in the blue color.
edit invite link discord server
Click on the edit invite link and you will get another box of Server Invite link settings.
- The first option will be for Expire after, click on the select to bring the drop-down, and choose the time limit for this link. If you want that your link should never expire then choose NEVER. Choose when the link should expire
- The second option is for the max number of users, here you can choose between 1 to 100.
Keep in mind if you do set these options, you may face invalid or expire link complaints from the users.
How do I join a Discord Server without an Invite?
Now if you have no invitation to join the discord server or if you wish to join any discord server you can go with an option of Server Discovery.
If the discord server you are looking for is verified by discord, then you can find it under discovery and can join as well.
Hope you know how to invite someone to a discord server by creating a discord server link or channel link.
You can grow your discord server by adding people to the server which will help you to build up a community.
You can also visit how to leave a discord server , in case you are not comfortable with any server.
Please let me know in the comment box, how many server members you have.
Joining a discord channel is an easier and faster way to interact with other gamers. Discord channels are fun to participate as you get to learn a lot from it. Random people are talking to each other with sharing their views and interacting with the information related to games. If you have not joined a channel yet, here is the way to get through it without any hassle.
As a member of the discord channel, here is what you need to do.
Note that if you are not a member already then consider to make an account on the application first.
How to join a discord channel?
1. Open the application on the desktop, or if you want, you can use it on the mobile device too. Log in with the email and password which you created to join Discord.
2. As you log in, there will be a list of servers on the left side of the screen. Click on any icon you like to join the channel. Sometimes you have to double click to make sure that you do it twice.
3. Next, you have the option to choose text or voice chat. It will be better to select the text channels as you have never seen it before. So to get the idea of the application, click on the text channels. For the voice text, you need to have access to the microphones; otherwise, you won’t be able to join it.
If you are not a member:
1. If you are not a member and your friend wants to invite you to the channel, then he/she needs to send you the URL to your email address. As you click on the URL, you will be directed to download the application.
2. Download the application and then create the login account. As you make the account and log in, you will be automatically directed to the channel which the friend sent you in the link.
There are a lot of servers with Discord, so you have to spend some time looking for the ones which are suitable for you. You can check out the leading websites from Google on the browsers. It helps you in getting the reviews, and you will not end up wasting time on the ones which are not suitable for you.
You can learn a lot within the application of discord itself so if you have leisure time then play around with it. The data and the information on the application is always safe and encrypted, so you do not have to worry about the safety or security of the data.
It is always wise not to share your information on public platforms which you must be already aware of. Many people around the world excel in the field of games through the interaction which discord provides them. It makes the computer experts with giving the choice of creating their server and having the privacy to talk with their friends without any difficulties.
Access to the exclusive Discord server is one of the greatest perks of being a subscriber to the channel. If you’re not familiar with Discord, it’s basically a communication app designed for gamers; featuring modern text chat, voice chat, private messaging, multiple channels and servers, Twitch account integration… you get the idea. It’s completely free to use, and you can even use the entire app in your browser.
The KZ_CREW Discord server hosts over one hundred members, with active conversation happening each day. It’s a great way to connect with not only myself, but also the community. If you’re a subscriber to the channel, feel free to join the server and jump in on the conversation! Once you’re in, you’re in for life: Discord access is permanent, even if your sub runs out.
If you’ve never used Discord before, don’t worry, it’s really simple to set up. You don’t have to install anything or even register an account; the whole process takes about five minutes. Here’s how you can get on Discord and join our server.
To get started, go to the Discord website: http://discordapp.com
Discord’s home screen.
From this page, you can either download the Windows client, or launch the webapp. Regardless of your choice, both options work basically the exact same. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be using the webapp version.
Upon clicking “Open Discord” a username prompt will pop up. Enter a name of your choice and hit the green arrow.
The startup wizard that launches after Discord loads.
This startup wizard is for setting up your own personal Discord server. For the purposes of this tutorial, go ahead and hit “Skip” for now. You can set up a Discord server for yourself at any time.
The main Discord screen. Click the photo to view the full size.
The orange bar at the top is warning us that our account is unclaimed. I recommend that you “claim” your account by providing an email and password, but that is not necessary to do now.
If you look in the bottom left you will see your username, avatar, and DiscordTag. To the right, there will be three buttons: a mute button, a deafen button, and a user settings button. Go ahead and click the user settings button.
The User Settings screen, showing the “account” page. You should see this when clicking your User Settings button.
From this screen, you can enter an email and password to secure your account, if you’d like. Otherwise, take a look at the list of options on the left. The “Connections” tab is what we’re after, which is immediately under “Account” and above “Friends”. Go ahead and click on the “Connections” tab.
The “Connections” page. You should see this after clicking the “Connections” tab.
There are two buttons on this page, each labeled with their respective icons: the Twitch button on the left, and the YouTube Gaming button on the right. Given that we aren’t heathens that use YouTube Gaming, you’ll want to click on the Twitch button. A popup will appear, and you will be prompted with a Twitch login form. Go ahead and log into the account that you are subscribed to the channel with.
After logging in, Discord will link up with your Twitch account.
After logging in, you should see a panel similar to this one on your “Connections” page.
From this page, go ahead and click on the “Join” button in the KZ_CREW panel, and you’re in! Welcome to our Discord! Feel free to meme it up to your heart’s content.
If you have connected your Twitch and Discord accounts and you do not see the KZ_CREW panel, wait a few minutes and check again. Discord only fetches the Twitch API every so often to prevent flooding their servers. Soon enough, Discord should update and the KZ_CREW panel will appear.
If you are still unable to join the Discord, please contact me directly, OR ask any of the mods of our channel for assistance. They will provide you with an alternative method to connect to the server.
Thank you for being a subscriber, I really do appreciate it! See you in the Discord!
If you want to boost the userbase of your server, this guide contains best practices that can help you to gain more members on your Discord server.
It can get tricky to get your newly launched server off the ground, mainly because it is hard to find members to join your server.
However, do not fret! If implemented properly, the following ways will help you get more members. Although the results are not immediate, it lays the foundation for gaining more Discord members in the future.
Some server listings have server descriptions with little or no information about the server. In order to trust your servers, most members look to your server’s description. Hence, a server with no description will not attract potential members.
Make certain that the description of your server adequately contains:
· The goals of your server
· The members it wants to join
· The concerns it serves
If you want to learn more about how to write a great server description, click here!
The title of your Discord server is another important aspect to consider if you need to gain more members.
· Does it indicate the aim of your server?
· Is it memorable short, and snappy?
· Will the title push member to join?
An extremely long server name is not advisable, so make sure your server title is easy to remember and sounds professional.
Basically, successful servers concentrate on a specific topic. If you have a lot of users on your server and they don’t interact with the servers frequently, then it is pointless.
By solely focusing on a specific subject that most individuals like and making sure you are specifically catering and targeting to that niche, you will attract members who relate to your niche and Discord server. These are the high quality members you want in your server.
This is a great way to gain more members on your Discord server. A website like Discord Street will help increase your member’s count. Discord Street also opens Discord server owners (like yourself!) to a whole new world of growth tools, and fantastic features for their Discord server.
What’s more, you will find a new community (gaming, programming, music, anime, and more) to interact with.
Whether it is a public or private server, make sure you keep it active. You can achieve this by it by interacting with your members frequently and in a public channel.
There are plenty of activities you can do with you and your members to get them involved, which in return will strengthen your member activity and member relationships.
Yes, the logo of your Discord server can also help increase your server’s member count. Basically, the logo and title of your server is the first thing a member sees when you list your server. Thus, ensure that the logo reflects what your Discord server stands for.
You don’t need to be a graphics design guru to create a professional logo, however. There are several online tools you can use to create a great logo, so you don’t have to be a graphic artist to create one. One of my personal favourites is Canva.
For those who have a lot of friends, you can simply tell them to visit and join your Discord server. Also, ask them to tell others (family, friends and loved ones) to join too. This method can come in handy!
There you have it! If you need more members on your Discord server, make sure you stay active, focus on a specific subject, have a description and above all advertise on your server on Discord Street!
If you enjoyed this article, please don’t forget to Clap it! (You can give up to 50 Claps!) And if you’re looking for more information, come join Discord Growth, a Discord server for server owners like yourself to chat amongst each other and exchange information, tips, and tricks. Come in and meet our Discord Growth Experts, or simply have a browse of our fantastic methods to grow YOUR Discord.
Make sure to follow Discord Street to be kept up to date on the latest articles on growing and managing your server!
Creating A Discord Account
If you’d like to be a part of the Discord family and join the many other users around the world, you’ll need to start by making an account. You can create an account through either the desktop or mobile applications available on the official site or your mobile devices’ preferred app store. The walkthroughs for both computer and mobile devices can be found below.
PC or Mac
- Head on over to https://www.discordapp.com using any web browser. Here you’ll find access to the desktop download of the app or direct browser login. You can choose to download the application to your desktop if you’d prefer. For now, we’ll worry about account registration.
- From the current page, scroll to the very bottom and click on the Sign Up Now button.
- A “Create an account” form will pop up requesting a bit of information. Fill out the form using the desired email address, username, and password. Ensure that the password is a strong and secure one.
- When finished, click the Continue button.
- An “I am not a robot” captcha will pop up. Click the square provided to prove that you’re not.
- You should now find yourself on the Discord Home Screen. The options are Get Started or Skip. To begin adding friends and servers to your account, click Get Started. You’ll need to verify with the email that has been sent to your registered email address. If you’d rather finish setup another time, click Skip.
- Login to your registered email and open the email received from Discord. It will contain a large Welcome text and a verification button.
- Click Verify Email to pull up Discord once again. You could get another “I am not a robot” captcha. Click the box and continue.
- Click Verify and begin using Discord with your new account. You can go back and download the Discord app to your desktop if you haven’t yet or login through the browser using your username and password.
iOS & Android
- Open the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
- Enter “Discord” into the search box. You should pull up Discord – Chat for Gamers from the search results.
- Tap the GET button.
- Tap INSTALL to have Discord begin downloading to your iOS or Android device.
- Once installed, launch the Discord app from your device. The Discord icon will appear on one of your home screens as a blue and white icon that resembles a smiling crab.
- Tap on “Need an account?” from the login screen. It’s located at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
- Enter the requested information. You’ll need to provide a valid email address, a username, and a new password. The email address will be used to reset your password if needed later. Your username is the name visible to your chat buddies. To see your password while typing it in, tap on the gray eye icon next to the password field.
- When everything has been filled out, tap on the blue Register button. You now have a Discord account.
Familiarize Yourself With The Basics
If you’ve yet to familiarize yourself with Discord, or have never used other VoIP services such as Ventrilo or Mumble, the first approach can be a confusing one. I’ll go over the Discord layout and a few of the basics to get you better acquainted with the program.
On the left-most side of the screen, you’ll find the servers you’ve joined and where your direct messages will show up. Depending on the screen currently pulled up, you can find access to your Activity Page, Library (where your purchased games show up), Friends List, and Store where you can purchase a few titles through Discord itself. If you’re currently on a server, in place of those mentioned you’ll see a list of text and voice channels specific to the server. Below either of the lists, you’ll find your username, profile avatar, online status, if your connected to a voice channel, and a few buttons to mute your mic, deafen your headphones, and account settings.
Towards the center of the screen, you can find your chat log. All of the chat taken place in server’s channel since you’ve been a member will show up here. If you have your direct messages open, then those conversations will show up instead.
On the right side of the screen, you’ll find a list of server members. Some of these members can also appear in the channels as well. It’s here you’ll be able to either text or voice chat with them depending on the channel type. Depending on the server setup, the members may be divided into groups by their roles or have them indicated next to them.
If you customize your settings by clicking on the cog next to your username, just below the channel list. From here, you can:
- Change your username, email address, profile avatar, and password. You can also disable or delete your account as well as choose to enable two-factor authentication.
- On your own server, you can edit the various apps and bots that you’ve authorized to your account.
- Alter who is able to send you direct messages, who can add you as a friend, and what data you allow Discord to use.
- Connect your Twitch, Skype, Steam, Spotify, and various other accounts to your Discord as well as authorize a few apps.
- Change your billing information or redeem any received game codes.
- Join Discord offered services like Nitro and HypeSquad.
- Edit voice chat and video settings to include push to talk and what Discord should use as your default camera.
- Edit notification settings, add or delete keybinds, enable a “Streamer Mode” or “Developer Mode”, and choose the default language displayed.
- Customize which game appears as your “Now Playing” below your username.
Only once you’ve got these things handled, can you consider yourself a full-fledged Discord member.
Setting up a Discord server and then inviting your friends and family to join could be the perfect way to stay connected during the coming holiday season. In this tutorial, we create an account, deploy a server and client, set up various channels, and then invite people into the server to chat and share files. We also take a quick dive into the permissions system.
Create a Discord account
We begin by visiting www.discord.com to create an account. Select the Login button on the top right of the site, and just below the login section, you’ll find a “Register” link. Click this, then add in your email address, a username and password. You’ll also need to add your date of birth.
Once the account is live, you’ll be prompted to make a new server.
Make a server
A “server” is simply an online space that will be connected to specific individuals, and in the case of this one, you will be the owner. A typical discord user might belong to tens or even hundreds of servers, allowing them to take part in multiple communities from one single app.
The server setup screen offers a selection of templates for common uses.
Click the “+” icon on the far left to launch the setup. There is a selection of templates, but we’re going straight for “Create My Own.” Give your server an appropriate name (remember your users may belong to lots of servers, so it’s good to be distinctive) and upload an image or icon. If you don’t do the latter, you’ll end up with a boring circle with some initials in it.
Now you’re a server administrator. Exciting-ish.
Create your community
The setup will finish with the option of inviting some users. You can invite users individually, but the quicker option is to choose the “Invite via link” option. This will give you a URL you can share with participants. If they already have Discord accounts, they’ll be added to your server, and if they don’t, they’ll first be prompted to create an account of their own. Once your users have joined, they can take part in the default channels for text and voice and also send you direct messages. The latter are accessible by looking under the Discord icon at the top of the narrow pane on the left.
Select a user from the list to see your chat history. At the top of the chat history pane, you’ll see icons to begin a voice or video call, view pinned (saved) messages or add extra participants to a group chat. Group chats retain their own history.
Download a desktop or mobile client
Discord is great in a browser, but really comes to its own when it’s running as an app. There are apps available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS. Find the software in your app store or from the Discord website.
There are apps available for all the major platforms, including Linux.
We installed through Ubuntu’s Software manager, and on first run the software did a couple of updates, then requested our credentials. Once you’ve installed this software, you can accept its offer to provide desktop notifications. When you get new messages, they will appear in your notifications drawer.
The utility of something like Discord comes from being able to move conversations into specific channels, which can be open to all or only to particular users. To set up a channel, click the “+” icon in the TEXT CHANNELS section in the pane on the left. Provide a name and then set permissions, and your channel will be available to everyone on this server.
By filtering conversations into channels, you can keep conversations going without getting lost.
You can restrict things to specific users. To do this, you first need to set up a “role,” add users to that role, then apply that role to a channel.
Managing roles and permissions
Roles are managed in the Settings. (Select the server and use the arrow next to its title to open the menu, then choose Server Settings.)
Roles allow you to keep some group conversations private.
Click Roles on the left to see your current roles – there should only be one: @everyone. Click the small “+” icon next to the Roles title and type in a new name on the right. You can then choose a highlight color for the role and set the permissions.
There are a lot of permissions, and the defaults are usually okay. However, we would recommend selecting “Manage Messages” so that other users can pin messages to channels, and “Manage Emojis” so that they can add their own custom emojis.
Each role can have a complete set of permissions that override the default.
Hit the Save button to create the role.
Next, head into the “Server Settings -> Members page,” where you’ll see a list of users. Click the “+” icon next to a name to see a list of available groups. Choose the group to assign the user. You can access all groups as an administrator.
There are a lot of options available when you’re managing a server.
Finally, go back into your new channel’s settings, click on Permissions, select the “+” icon next to ROLES/MEMBERS, and select your newly created role. To make the channel private, click on the @everyone role and turn off the “Read Messages” and “Send Messages” options. To make it invisible to non-members, scroll down the permissions for @everyone and ensure that “Read Text Channels & See Voice Channels” is in the off position.
Join more servers
When someone shares a server link with you, you can simply click it and join the server. It will appear in the list on the left.
One tip: we would definitely recommend muting general notifications using the bell icon at the top right of the interface if you join any especially large or active servers. Selecting this will mean only messages that “@” you will be sent to your notifications.
When you’re connected to a ton of communities, the mute notifications option can be a sanity-saver.
Now that you have finished setting up a Discord server, check out these bots to improve your Discord server. If you have trouble migrating your family over, Zoom and Skype are good alternatives for doing video calls, but don’t have the same channelized features, and Slack is good if you don’t want the broader community features.