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How to Create and Manage Discord Server

by Ravi Teja KNTS

Discord is undoubtedly one of the most famous social media platforms for gamers surpassing Skype, TeamSpeak, etc. Most games have their own server on Discord for their fans to follow, but the best part is you can create a server for your community on your own. A Discord server is like a group chat on steroids designed to get in contact with your community. Here is how you can create a server on Discord. Let’s begin.

In this article, we’d take a look at the steps on how to create and effectively manage a Discord Server. I would explain what every feature does and why you should or should not enable it.

1. Creating a Discord Server

Creating a Server on Discord is pretty simple, Just open the Discord website or download the Discord app ( Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS ) and log-in.

Downloading Discord from the discord app

If you are logging in for the first time, you will get a pop-up asking you to create or join a server. If you are already a Discord user, just click on the “+” icon on the bottom left to start.  There is also a way to create Discord Server from existing templates, to do that, you can start from here.

Adding a server on discord

It would open a new popup, click on the Create a server button.

creating a server on discord

Fill out the essentials such as Name of your Server, and maybe a Picture. If you’re not sure about the picture you can skip that, for now. Click the “Create” button to proceed.

Giving a name for Discord Server

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That’s it, you have successfully created your first Discord server. Discord would prompt you to invite friends to your server. You can go ahead and invite your discord friends or skip it for later.

2. Adjust Server Settings

To customize the server settings,  right-click on the server name at the top -left corner and click on Server settings options. We’ll focus on Overview, Moderation and Interactions sections.

Changing Server Settings

Firstly, in the overview section, you can enable the AFK channel and AFK timeout. Discord would automatically move people to AFK channel if they are idle for longer than AFK Timeout. This would come in handy when you want to optimize the server and don’t want people who aren’t interacting enough.

Setting up AFK channel

Now, you can scroll down and change the default notification settings from all messages to only mentions, so that people don’t get disturbed by all the messages on your server.

changing notification settings on discord server

In the moderation section, you can change the verification level and content filter on your server. If you just have friends on your account, you can set it as “Don’t scan any media content”, but if your server is going to be public, it’s best to scan media content for inappropriate content.

changing media content filter on discord server

finally, On the Interactions tab, you can connect your other accounts such as YouTube, Steam, Reddit, etc to your Discord.

Image showing all the integration servers on Discord

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3. Adding People to your Server

To add people to your server, just click the server name on the top left and select Invite People.

Inviting people to your discord server

Discord will generate a link, you can share it to your friends via Email, WhatsApp, iMessage, etc.

inviting friends to your discord server

4. Managing Roles on your Server

To manage roles on your server, you can just click on server name > Server settings > Roles and click the plus( + ) symbol to add a new role.a

adding roles to your discord server

The roles are basically titles given to specific members of your server that define what they can control on the server. The settings are pretty straight forward, all you need to do is set a designation and color, and assign what they can do on your server.

Managing roles on your discord server

Now you have roles on your server. You can fill in these roles by navigating to Server Settings> Members and you can see all the members on your server. Just Click Plus (+) symbol beside the name and select the role for the member.

Assigning roles to people on your server

5. Creating Channels and Categories

A Channel is nothing but a chat area for all the people to talk on that server. There are 2 types of channels, a text channel, and a voice channel. People create multiple channels for various purposes.

There are channels to talk about Builds, textures, beta versions, various Minecraft apps like Dungeons and Earth, technical support and normal chat for Minecraft players. Voice channels are mostly used to communicate with people on the server while on the game. Admins also create channels for rules to follow on their server, FAQ, announcements, and channel list to explain about all the channels in that server.

So, to create a channel in your server, click on the server name at the top-left corner and click on Create Channel.

creating channel on your server

Select the type of channel you want to create, give it a name, and click Create Channel. You can also make it private so that people with invites can participate.

Giving your channel a name

Coming to Categories, you can create Categories by click on the Server name at the top-left corner and click Create Category. The Categories section lets you segregate your channels based on Context.

creating categories in your discord server

Give your category a Name and click Create Category. Now, you can just drag your channels into different categories so that you can track them easily.

Giving a name to your category

6. Boosting your Server for more features

Based on your Server’s popularity and interaction, Discord would unlock special features for your Server. You can check out your server status anytime by click on the server name > Server settings > Server Boost Status. As your server grows, you would get extra perks exclusive to your tier.

chaching server boost status of your discord server

Final Words

You can totally use any social media platform to get in contact with friends or your gaming community. As Discord is made specifically for gaming, it offers more control for your need and as it offers as many channels as you want in your server. What do you think? Are you going to create a Discord server for your favorite game? Let me know in the comments below.

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