Luckily Discord has added various features that can make it easier to start organizing your server in the way you want. So when people start joining, they don’t feel as overwhelmed and know exactly where to go.
How you can start organizing and what features you have will be answered in the rest of the article.
How to Organize Channels in Your Discord Server
When you have a discord server that has a long list of channels in the sidebar or are starting a new server and you don’t want to have a giant channel list, that it’s becoming unorganized, you have the option to add categories to your server.
Categories are similar to folders on your desktop. You can use these so-called folders to organize your server more, all you have to do is click on the down arrow next to the server name and choose “create the category.”
You also have the option of right-clicking in your channel list, making sure to not select a channel. A pop-up will appear and ask what you want to call it and if you want it to be a private category.
When you choose a private category, you will have to set up all the permissions for specific roles. After setting up all the permissions simply drag the channels that you want to have under the category and it will ask if you want to sync the permissions of the channels with your category. When choosing sync, you won’t have to touch the channel’s permissions anymore as it syncs automatically.
All you have to do is repeat this for every other category you decide to add to your Discord server and your Discord server will be more organized and less cluttered. The order of the category also plays a role in how clutter-free your server seems. If you start at the top with the most important category, then the chat category in the middle, and end the category list with the off-topic category, it doesn’t feel as overwhelming to look at.
How to Create a Space for New Users to Know Where to Go
When you have a public server, you can decide to make it a community server, this will give you some extra features to create a space for users that recently joined your server, so they know where to find what information.
A pop-up screen will appear for users, that join your server, which shows the most important channels that users need to see before they enter the rest of the server. This is also called the welcome screen, you can set up the channels that you want to include yourself.
Create a category that shows where the most important information is. You can also do this by right-clicking in the channel list and then choosing “Create Category”.
Create channels with the most important information such as rules, roles, extra information, etc.
Go to your server settings.
Click on “Enable community” and click “Get Started.”
This will guide you through 3 easy to follow steps, so you can set up your community server.
You now have a community server, under the category “Community” and you now have more options in the settings. In the overview settings you can change the rules channel, your community updates channel, your server’s primary language, and server description. You can also disable the community server again.
When you go to the settings for your welcome screen, you can add a channel that you believe is important for your users to read when they join the server. You can add up to 5 channels, so besides important channels, you can also add a general chat for recently joined users to check out.
How to Keep Your Discord Server Free of Clutter
The best way to keep your server free of clutter is by using the above-mentioned category feature and assigning members roles that could be seen as support roles. These members can send other members to the correct channels to send their messages.
If you make sure that your team is all on the same page, keeping your server clutter-free will stop being an impossible task.
What can also help is making sure that members can’t talk in every channel, for example locking the rules channel, so only administrators can send messages in there, which also causes your Discord server to be free of clutter.
Don’t give the administrator to everyone as they can manage your entire server and override any channel-specific permissions, which can cause your server to become full of clutter again.