TeamSpeak is no longer the undisputed king of VOIP services. If you played multiplayer games, chances are your friends are already making you join them on Discord. If you haven’t heard about Discord, it’s a free chat service with a focus on the gaming industry. It borrowed a lot of elements from Slack (group voice and chat channels) while maintaining a simple and intuitive interface.
The Discord community is already 50 million large and continues to grow exponentially. If you were around in the IRC era, you’ll be pleased to know that Discord operates roughly in the same way. You can enter regular text channels and chat or use slash commands. If you want to voice chat, you can join a voice channel and talk with other members that use a headset.
Whenever you feel like it, you can quickly set up a server for you and your gaming buddies. After you get them all in the same place, you can set up a voice channel for a particular game and invite your A team. This will allow your team to communicate freely without disturbing the rest of your buddies who are not playing that game. Isn’t that awesome?
If you’re looking to break away from any other VoIP service and move your buddies to Discord, you should start by creating your own server. In the guide below, we will provide step by step instructions on creating your own Discord server. Depending on what platform you use Discord, refer to the Android or Windows guide. As a bonus, we have also added a guide on configuring your Discord server.
Note: You can avoid installing any software by using the web version. Although it has some advantages in terms of portability, I urge you to stick with the desktop version. Some features are severely limited on the web version of Discord.
Creating a Discord Server on Windows
In order to create a Discord server, you need to have a validated account. You can do this easily by downloading the Discord client from here. After you install the client you will be automatically pointed towards creating and validating your account.
Once you have a fully activated Discord account, follow the steps down below:
- Open Discord and tap on the + icon. It’s located somewhere in the left section of the screen.
- On the next screen, click on Create a Server.
- Now you need to decide on a name and icon for your new discord server. While the latter option is not required, it certainly gives it an aesthetic boost. Once you got that going, decide on a Server Region. Try to set one closest your and your friend’s location. The Server Region will play a key role in determining the overall ping when using voice communication. The lower the ping, the faster your message will get through to your brothers in arms. Hit Create when everything is in place.
- Now that the server is created, it’s time to invite your friends. You can invite your friends quickly by clicking on the Create Instant Invite icon.
- You can copy the invitation link and send it to all your friends. If they don’t have a Discord account yet, they will be prompted to sign up and validate their accounts. But tell them to speed up the process because the invites will expire after 24 hours. You can tone down the availability of the invitation by clicking the gear icon in the bottom right corner of the pop-up.
Note: Latest Discord updates include the option to make invites never expire. Just make sure you tick the box next to Set this link to never expire.
Creating Discord Server on Android
If you’re looking to create a Discord server from an Android server, the steps are somewhat different but the end result is the same. Here’s what you need to do:
- Download and install the Discord app on your Android from Google Play Store.
- Open the Discord app and either log in or create an account if you don’t have one.
- Once you’re successfully logged in, tap on the + icon (left side of the screen).
- Select Create a new Server.
- Now it’s time to configure your new server. Decide upon a name and an image (optional). After that, scroll down and select a region (under Server Region) that is convenable for you and your buddies. The more accurate the region, the less delay you will have with your voice conversations. Hit Create when you’re ready to proceed.
- After the server is created, tap the action button in the top left corner and select Create Instant Invite.
- Discord will automatically generate a link that you can use to invite your friends to the server you’ve just created. You can tweak some settings by tapping on the gear icon near the invite link. Hit Share Link when you’re ready.
Note: By default, an invite link is set to expire after 24 hours. You can make it available indefinitely by enabling the toggle next to Set this link to never expire.
- Choose an app from the line-up that will allow you to invite your friends.
How to Configure Your Discord Server
Discord gained hordes of fans mainly because of its server customisation options. Most of the VoIP competitors are lacking far behind Discord when it comes to server configuration. As a Discord server owner, you can play around with the settings yourself or elevate one of your buddies to become server administrator.
If you use a private server to play get play some multiplayer games from time to time, you might not ever get to benefit from the following tweaks. But if you aim to make your server public, then configuring properly is one of the first things you should do.
Tweaking text and voice channels
If you’re planning to build a sizable community around your server, you absolutely need to split your server into multiple voices and text channels. Try to make them as clear as possible, so that none of the new members become confused. You can easily add new text channels or voice channels by clicking on the plus icon associated with each type.
Assigning Roles to your Buddies
If your community gets big enough, you might want to grant certain members administrative roles so that they can fill your shoes you when you’re not there. Depending on the type of elevated access, the people who you trust will be able to kick and ban normal members from your server. As a rule of thumb, grant elevated access to your real friends and avoid letting an outsider into your leadership team.
You can access the administrative settings of your server by right-clicking on your server and click on Server Settings.
From there, go to Roles. On this screen, you’re able to create roles based on your needs, give them custom colors and select the appropriate permissions for each role.
As you can see, Discord is the better VOIP choice when comparing it with most of the competitors. The ability to create and customize servers has attracted a lot of TeamSpeak and Skype users to this dedicated gaming chat app. Even more, the intuitive interface, the role management feature and the general reliability of the Discord platform urges me to recommend this VoIP service above all others.
What’s your personal experience with Discord? Did you already create a Discord server? Let us know in the comment section below.