Discord is a popular platform for creating or joining large group chats, which are also known as ‘servers’. Discord servers vary in size, but the larger ones can have over 10,000 members. With such a large number of members, managing the server can be quite an arduous task.
Fortunately, there are many tools within Discord that help users manage such servers. One such tool is the use of channels. Channels are essentially smaller chats created within a server, and it’s actually pretty easy to make a welcome channel in your Discord.
How to make a welcome channel on Discord
There are two types of channels in Discord – text channels, and voice channels. Text channels allow users to text-message and share various media, whilst voice channels support voice-calls, video calls, and screen-sharing.
A server can have many channels, with each one serving a different purpose. Channels help organise and moderate communication within servers. For example, there could be a channel for sharing cute pictures, and another channel for discussing politics.
Within larger servers, it’s customary for there to be a welcome channel. Welcome channels are usually the first channel newcomers see when joining a large server. Welcome channels often include a welcome message, along with some useful information for newcomers.
For example, the message could explain the basic rules of the server, and showcase the different roles available. These messages can be automated to appear for every newcomer that joins the server. This makes it so that newcomers don’t get lost or confused when navigating the server.
Welcome channels are especially useful for servers that require newcomers to verify themselves, as welcome messages can help explain the verification process.
Creating a text channel
Creating a welcome channel in Discord is quite simple to do. You can just make a new text channel, and call it ‘welcome’. For the welcome message, you can simply type out a message with all the relevant information, and make the channel read-only to prevent users from messaging in the channel. This will ensure that the welcome message remains visible at the top of the chat.
However, the welcome message won’t be automated or customised for each user. This can be problematic if you’re planning on using the welcome message for things like user-verifications or role-assignments. If you want to create an automated or customised welcome message, you’ll have to use a Discord bot. There are no in-built tools in Discord for creating an automated welcome message.
To create a welcome channel on Discord, first launch the Discord app. Navigate to the server you wish to create a welcome channel for, and click the plus icon beside ‘text channel’. A pop-up should appear, showcasing some options.
Make sure that the ‘text channel’ option has been selected. Then, name the channel ‘welcome’ or something similar. You should also make sure that the ‘private channel‘ option has been disabled. Enabling the option will prevent certain people from viewing the channel. This may prevent newcomers from being able to see the channel. When you’re finished with the settings, select ‘create channel’ to make the new channel.
Next, navigate to a Discord bot’s website. There are many Discord bots that can help you create welcome messages. In this example, we’ll use the MEE6 Discord bot. Go to https://mee6.xyz/ and select the ‘add to Discord’ option.
Log into your Discord account if prompted. Then, you will be asked to allow the bot to access your Discord account. Click the ‘authorise’ option to continue.
You should now be shown a list of your servers. Locate the server you’ve made the welcome channel in, and select the ‘setup’ option for it. You will then be asked to allow the bot access to the server. Select the ‘continue’ option to proceed.
Next, you’ll be asked to allow the bot certain permissions in the server. Click ‘authorise’ to grant the bot permissions. You should then be taken to the MEE6 dashboard. Scroll down on the left side tab, and click on the ‘welcome’ tab.
It should be beneath the ‘server management’ section. Find the option for ‘send a message when a user joins the server’, and enable it. You can enable the option by clicking on the switch for it. Once you’ve enabled it, some additional options should appear.
Click on the drop-down menu beneath ‘welcome message channel’, and select the welcome channel you created. Then, underneath the ‘text message’ section, start formulating your welcome message. When you’re finished, click the ‘save’ option to apply the changes. Your automated welcome message has now been created.
How to make a goodbye channel
You can also make a goodbye channel, which shows a goodbye message to members that leave the server. Go to the MEE6 dashboard, and select the ‘welcome’ tab. Enable the option for ‘send a message when a user leaves the server’.
Click on the drop-down menu and select the channel you want the goodbye message to appear in. Then, beneath the ‘goodbye message’ section, type out your goodbye message. Click the ‘save’ option when you’re done.
In conclusion, you can create a welcome channel by simply making a new text channel, and calling it ‘welcome’. To make an automated welcome message, you’ll have to use a Discord bot. You can use the bot to formulate a welcome message, customise it with different features, and automate it.