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Discord: Everything You Need to Know

Discord is a chat app for gamers that lets you keep in touch with your gaming friends without distracting you from the game.

By Dhruv Kapoor

Updated on 07-10-2022

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The virtual world is bringing citizens of this planet closer every day. Online —communication, communities, and platforms are becoming a profitable way to connect. Most individuals choose Discord these days as a part of that medium. Furthermore, whatever interests you have, like video games, movies, TV shows, cuisine, or anything else. Discord quickly rose to prominence as the preferred method of communication among gamers, introducing a new voice and text chat system. Moreover, it gives users a seamless way to synchronize their gaming with friends while playing party content using another high-quality app. You can play it all with everyone, like multiplayer matches versus the opposing team, labyrinths, and raids. 

However, Discord has evolved over the years for a better user experience. Furthermore, it has become top among others in the game. If you may randomly ask a person what Discord is? They will have an answer, as millions of people know about it. But the progress over the years has a lot of aspects that you don't know of. Therefore, let's delve into it a bit more together. This writing will take you through why it can be helpful to you and all the critical aspects of the platform.

What is Discord?

Discord is a conferencing program for computers and mobile devices. Furthermore, it was introduced as a gaming conversation app that needed an internet connection. Although it is still chatting software for gamers, it has evolved into something more as well. Moreover, one can use it for text, voice, video chats, and the exchange of links, videos, and other types of content. 

Discord is now an app for staying in touch and talking with friends, family, and other individuals who share your interests now that it has expanded outside gaming. Basically, it's just a place to relax and socialize. Therefore, it is no longer exclusively for gamers. It's open to everyone and can be a fantastic location to socialize.

What platforms is Discord available on?

Discord is compatible with many devices running Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. It is available for direct download from the relevant app stores. You may also access it directly from the Discord website if you use a Windows or Mac computer. However, using the app gives you a more profound experience.

Users can somehow link Discord with PlayStation gaming systems. Furthermore, it's also accessible on Xbox One but isn't chat-compatible. You can only view the games your Discord friends are playing. Discord has now been integrated with PS4 and PS5, although not quite how you may anticipate. Additionally, it allows you to link your PSN account to display what games you're playing and how long you've been playing them. However, voice and text chat is still not accessible.

Is it free?

Pricing for Discord

Absolutely, using Discord is cost-free. Further, the download is free as well. However, the free version doesn't have all of the features. Although if you are new to it, don't bother much about getting the paid version. 

On the contrary, you gain extra features with paid services that are unavailable to free users. Therefore, it's up to you to figure out your benefits and requirements while using the application. The subscription might be worthwhile for some people or might not be for some. The appeal of the premium options is that they don't have to be purchased to enjoy Discord to the fullest. Using the free version is fine, and you still have access to all or most of the features required for a fantastic experience.

Subscriptions and Plans

As said earlier, a user gets two options free and paid. In terms of payment, you do get two plans. The two distinct subscription options are Discord Nitro and Discord Nitro Classic.

  • Nitro offers additional features than Nitro Classic and costs $9.99 per month. Furthermore, it is available as a yearly subscription for $99.99.
  • Despite being slightly less than the Nitro, Nitro Classic still has more features than the free membership. The price is $4.99 per month and $49.99 annually.

Hosting Server

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Discord divides communities into servers as part of its functioning. Furthermore, it allows you to have your server. For example, your favorite gaming YouTuber may have their own server. Or it can be a server you and your pals developed for use during game nights. It might even be one where you hang around and talk about mutual interests. Or if you want a server for studying with peers and exchanging concepts, talk about school.

The creator gives each server a name before further subdividing it into categories and channels. Additionally, you can segregate and organize the community by categories and channels to prevent debate duplication. Thus, ensuring that everything has a place and making it more straightforward for other community members to locate titles. For your game night session, you can create servers and channels and enable chat rooms to enjoy the entertainment altogether. 

Joining Servers in Discord

A server can go as big as people join it. When using Discord, you are free to join any open servers at any time. You would have to send a request for a private server, which will then be approved. Further, if you know the person or admin, request him for an invitation link. Community admins may assign a member a role (or many roles) after they sign up for a server.

Moreover, these roles may govern each member's abilities within a server. They can also restrict which channels a member or group can view. For security concerns, people can enable admins only to limit everyone's access. So you could easily prevent any people who are not administrators from viewing that channel.

Roles of Members

When you create a server, you become an admin. From that, you can assign roles to others in your community. But what are these roles and positions? Let's talk about them in more detail. The functions that you have been assigned may influence how users can communicate with a server. A different member with the authority to decide what each part may access must set up the member roles. We refer to these as role permissions. Role permissions can cover a wide range of activities. Say, controlling role permissions is something that is generally the domain of administrators.

Additionally, permissions can be used to prohibit or remove users from a channel or server and change their nicknames. You can give roles any name you like when creating them. So you're not typically required to refer to it as an admin role. If you like, you can refer to it as a "moderator." or anything at all. If you want to, give it an amusingly cheeky name if you can change these things. In order to enable members in chats to understand each other's position, roles also have corresponding colors. This shows their name in the color of their most significant level-associated part.

Creating Individual Servers

You have free access to the application; thus, you can create your own server anytime you want. Furthermore, depending on the kind of community you want to build, you may choose to either construct one from scratch or use a template. Once you have Discord set up, all you need to do to start using it is click the "+" icon in the Server list to add a new one.

Features of Discord

features of discord

Members of Discord have access to a sizable feature list. Therefore, making it a very flexible conversation software. Some of the elements were already covered above. For instance, the capability to provide members roles, control their permissions, divide server communication into several categories, and use chat channels.

You can share files with your community peers on Discord as well. These could be documents of any kind, music files, or graphics like JPG, PNG, GIF, etc. Free members can upload up to 8MB of files. Members of Nitro can upload files up to 100MB in size. Furthermore, links can be exchanged. Whether it was a website or video link, you just wanted to share it with your pals. Additionally, videos may be played from within Discord, saving users from accessing web pages just to view the material. Therefore, making it a beneficial attribute.

Threads are another one of the more recent features that Discord has provided. These are precisely what they sound like. They are conversation threads that can give a chat channel even more organization. Consider a chat channel where anyone can post anything, and it is referred to as "general."

Noise suppression is a feature that is available for voice chat. Almost everything will be muted except for your voice. People can only hear you talking through your microphone, then. 

Themes in Discord

Customization is another feature that is cherry on top. There are specific themes, but nothing outlandish. You have your standard light and dark themes, as well as one that synchronizes them with the settings of your computer. Furthermore, there are no more themes, officially. The application may be able to add themes in certain unapproved ways, which violates Discord's Terms of Service. Therefore, if you decide to consider utilizing them, act with caution.

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