Contributors: FierceKittenz, GlitchedStreams, Jagtress, Lowco, Miabyte, Serina, StorieWriter, StreamerSquare

What to expect in this course:

A content creator relies on being able to connect with their community, not only through streams, but through social media and tools like Discord or Guilded.

Both applications have their unique benefits and hindrances, but are excellent choices for building and retaining a community.

Course Goals:
  1. This course will cover the information needed to create a new server, use a template from an existing server, role setup, different channel types, and more!
  2. We will discuss how to integrate third party bots and features to your server
  3. Provide engaging server ideas for your community

Check out an episode of The Stream Scene with a focus on Discord and community engagement, below!

Technical Setup of a Discord Server

Starting up a Discord server is an easy task. Create an account, click the “Add a Server” button once you’re logged in, and you’re off to the races. All you need then is some channels, right? And maybe some roles, perhaps a couple of bots to round things out? These things will get you started, but there’s many things to consider when setting up a server to both keep things running smoothly and all your users safe. New Server Creation The easiest part of creating a new server is the very first step: Hitting the “Add A Server” button. Once you’ve done that, the first of several challenges begins. Do you start from scratch or follow a template? Templates have the advantage of including several automatically generated text and voice channels, but the result is otherwise identical servers. The initial “Create a server” menu within Discord. Assuming this server is for you and a community you lead or manage, choose whichever template you prefer, tell Discord the server is “For a club or community”, and then give it a name and an icon. With that done, it’s time to get started on the behind-the-scenes server action. If you’ve created another server in the past and want to use the same setup, you can create a Server Template from the original server. Using this kind of template allows you to copy over all channels, channel topics, roles, permissions, and default server settings. This is a great way to save yourself time when creating a new server if your end goal is to create a similar space for a new community! Discord’s Server Template Menu Roles Roles are an important part of every Discord server. A few recommended roles to have are: They let users interact with channels in different ways, allow...

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