Discord Overview and Setup – Creating a Server and User Settings

Hey everyone, in this video I’d like to
introduce you to Discord, a free all-in-one voice and text chat, designed for gamers.
Let’s get right into it. I want to take a bit of time and show everyone
what is quickly becoming one of my favorite new apps. If you haven’t heard of Discord
yet, it’s basically Skype, Teamspeak, and Slack combined – but it’s designed with
gamers in mind. This video will have a quick overview and initial setup of the app, how
to setup your own server and manage permissions, and finally how to join channels and manage
some of your user settings. To start with, let’s head over to DiscordApp.com
– one of the first things you’ll notice is the Open Discord button, this will actually
open the app in your browser, but let’s not worry about that just yet. We can scroll
down and see a list of all the features the app promotes, including DDoS protection, for
all you streamers out there, minimal CPU usage, which I can say after using this for a while
that this app is extremely quick and light on resources, and the ability to manage permissions,
perfect for any guilds or groups of gamers. I recommend checking out the rest of the website,
because there are a lot of awesome things you can do with this app, such as using slash
commands to post game results and dps meters, but let’s actually hop into how to set up
the app. All you need to do is click “Open Discord”,
register in about 10 seconds, and that’s it. You’ll be prompted with a walkthrough
of the features, which I definitely recommend taking the time to check out, but for now
I’m going to skip it. The app runs in your browser, but it also has an independent app
that you can download. While the browser app is quick and works very well, it’s a bit
limited, so I’m going to set up the full app. Currently it’s available for Mac OSX,
PC, Apple IOS, and Android – with linux coming soon. And just by the way, the mobile app
is pretty awesome – so if you have a smart phone, check it out. Once you’ve downloaded the full app, launch
it and log in. Let’s go ahead and set up a server – you might be already prompted with
an option to create a server or join one, but since I already logged in, I’m going
to simply click the plus in the top left, and hit “Create a server” – I’m going
to name mine “Nerd Or Die – Test” and pop in an icon I’d like to use for the server,
then select my region of US East. After I hit create… that’s it, we’re ready to
rock. If you’d like, you can click the instant
invite button, tweet or copy the link, and share it with anyone you’d like to have
access to your server. Let’s check out some of the server settings before we continue.
Click the menu icon next to your server name and hit Server Settings. Here we can see our
general server settings/ The overview gives us a quick glance at our server info, plus
the ability to select an AFK channel. Instant invites shows us the codes for any of our
invite links plus the ability to revoke access to them. Members will allow us to see anyone
invited to the server, which will allow us to kick or ban users, or apply roles, such
as guild leader, etc. – you can also prune, or remove any inactive members. The next section roles, is probably the most
important. This section allows you to set the default roles for all of your channels
on the server. You can actually customize individual channel roles as well, but for
the server setting area, we’re managing the defaults for all channels. So, for example,
if we want to disable Text to speech by default for all user roles, we can simply uncheck
the option here, and all new channels we create will not allow users to use text to speech,
unless we individually activate it for that channel’s roles. More on that soon. Before
we leave though, I’m going to make a new role called Officers, and then go back to
the members tab and assign the officer role to one of my members. The last settings we can look at is the bans,
this shows any banned members, which we can manage here, and the widget section, which
allows us to put a widget on any website that can show active users in individual channels,
and even enable the instant invite option, that allows users to connect by clicking a
link in the widget. Now that we have the server settings covered,
let’s look at individual channels. We can see that there are text channels and voice
channels. By default, we have a general channel made, which I prefer to leave open for any
users I invite. We can add a new text or voice channel channel by clicking the plus and giving
the channel name. Like before we can use the instant invite button to share a link with
anyone we’d like to invite. But let’s look at the channel settings. The overview tab shows the name and topic
of the channel, instant invites works just like before, and then the permissions section
is where we can customize user roles and permissions per channel. So, for this new text channel, which I’m
going to call Officer Chat, let’s say I want this to only be available to certain
members. The @everyone role will show permissions for all users. For each permission, the gray
dash means it inherits your server settings general roles, the read X means it denies
this permission for the selected role, and the green check means it allows this permission. So, first, I’m going to deny the ability
to read messages for everyone in this channe, next I’m going to add the officers role
to this channel. From here, I can then individually assign permissions for officers in this channel.
I’ll allow them to read messages. Now, only officers can read messages in this channel. The voice channels work in exactly the same
way. You can easily add a new channel if you’d like, disable or enable permissions for the
@everyone role, and assign individual roles with their own permissions. Basically, during
the time it took for me to say that, I set up a voice chat channel for my guild officers. Now that I’ve covered setting up a server,
let’s look into what we can do as users… and by the way, we’re only going to scratch
the surface. If you haven’t yet, you can join a server by clickling an instant invite
link and launching the application, or you can click the plus and enter the link here,
and hit join. I want to note, that swapping to multiple servers is extremely easy, and
you can do so in one click, here on the left. Anyways, I’m connected to my Nerd or Die
– Test server, and I want to start with user settings. Click the gear icon by your name,
and here we’ll see our general information. We can change our username, email, password,
and avatar here or log out of the app. Next, we can set up how text and images will
appear in the app, and also if we want to hear playback of text to speech. In voice,
you can specify an input and output device, as well as manage their volumes. You can also
set up push to talk, with your prefered keybind, or leave it on voice activity, both of which
work great. The advanced tab here has some voice processing options, and attenuation,
which basically lowers the volume of other applications when someone is speaking. The
notifications tab allows us to set up which sounds play and when, as well as desktop notifications
that appear for certain events. The keybinds section allows us to set up specific keybinds
for events like toggle mute, toggle deafen. Privacy allows us to disable the status message
of what game you’re playing, which can be see by users connected to your the channels.
And finally appearence allows us to switch between light and dark themes. I’d like
to quickly mention that the app is planning on releasing more themes and sticker packs
that will serve as cosmetic purposes only. Purchasing the cosmetic items will be how
you can support the app in the future. Once your settings are how you’d like them,
we can hop into any text channel by simply clicking the one we’d like to enter, and
then chat away. You’ll see all chat messages here in the middle. You can use /tts for text
to speech, post links, or even insert attachments. As I mentioned before there is a lot you can
actually do in the chat channels, so make sure to check out the discord website for
a full range of features. To join a voice channel, simply click the
one you’d like to enter, and that’s about it. We can see the status of our connection
above our user name, and then we can also click the disconnect button here, when we’re
ready to leave. On the right, you’ll see all online users
that are connected to the server, and have the ability to control their individual volume,
direct message them, mute them, deafen, or even kick/ban from the server. One thing that
I thought was really impressive, was that you can be in a voice channel on one server,
while joining a text channel on other… I actually didn’t realize this until I made
the video, but for a person like me that hops around a lot, I thought it was a really awesome
feature. Well, that about wraps up everything for my
over and setup guide for discord. As I mentioned before, I really love this app so far, and
I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to dive into it more and find out some cool stuff
that I can do with this app. Let me know what you think of the app in the
comments below, and of course if you have any questions, please ask there or on Twitter! Thanks again to all of my viewers, you guys
rock. If you liked this video, please give it a like, and make sure to subscribe for
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