How to make a welcome channel on Discord – our step-by-step guide

Making a welcome channel on Discord is easy! Read this article to learn how.

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If you have created a new server on Discord and are wondering how to make a welcome channel, then we have you covered right here.

Much like the name suggests, a welcome channel welcomes new users, gives them an idea about how the server works, and also makes them aware of guidelines. While these are some standard ideas, you can customize the welcome channel along with the message as per your requirements.

Creating a welcome channel on Discord is not at all a difficult task, but it does have about a dozen steps. All you need to do is create a new channel, adjust a few settings, add a bot, and set up the bot to welcome new members who join the channel.

To give you better clarity, we have put together a step-by-step guide on creating a welcome channel with images.

Quick Answer

To make a welcome channel for your Discord server, here’s what to do –

Create a new channel > Move the welcome channel under ‘voice channels’ > Set the permissions > Add the Carl bot > Turn on the ‘welcome’ plugin > Set a welcome message > Adjust other settings

Please find more details on each step in our guide below.

How to make a welcome channel on Discord

For this guide, we will be using the Carl bot for the welcome channel. However, you can choose to integrate any other third-party bots of your choice. To learn how to add bots, you can refer to our guide on how to add bots to Discord.

With that being said, let’s get started.



Add a new channel

To start with, you have to create a new channel within your server. To do this, head over to your server and click on the ‘+’ sign next to the ‘Text Channels.’ You can also right-click your mouse and select the ‘Create Channel’ option. If you already have a channel, you can follow from step 3.

create new welcome channel

We’re assuming that you already have a Discord server. If you want to set up a new server, you can check out our guide on how to create a new Discord server.



Name the new channel

Now, you will be prompted to name the channel, add an icon, and invite people to join. You can choose to skip some of these steps for now. Once you have named the channel and saved the settings, we will head over to more advanced settings.



Move the welcome channel under ‘voice channels’

To sync the channels in your server, we will be moving the welcome channel under the voice channel section. To do this, simply drag the channel name on the server dashboard and drop it under ‘voice channels.’

edit welcome channel settings



Set the permissions

Next, you will have to set up the right permissions so the new members added to the server will see the welcome message. To do this, click on ‘Edit Channel’ > Permissions > Advanced Permissions.

Here’s what you need to do –

  • Set the roles/members to ‘@everyone’
  • Disable the ‘Send Messages’ option, so members won’t be able to send messages to the welcome channel and clutter it
  • Enable ‘Read Message History’
  • Save these settings and head back to the welcome channel

welcome channel permission settings



Add Carl bot

Now, we will be adding Carl Bot to the newly created welcome channel.

  • Head over to the official Carl bot website
  • On the homepage, click on the ‘+ Invite’ button on the top right corner. Authorize the invite, and you should see the bot on your server.
  • Then, head back to Carl bot website and click on ‘Login’
  • Enter your details and select a server that you want to add the welcome bot to

add welcome bot



Setup the ‘welcome’ plugin

Next, you have to head over to the Carl bot website again. On the Dashboard, under ‘Settings,’ click on the ‘Welcome’ option. 

Here, you have to set up the welcome channel. 

  • Select the welcome channel and save it
  • Type the welcome message under ‘Welcome Message’
  • Then, if you want, you can also automate a private message for joiners under ‘DM on Join’
  • You can also set up a ‘Leave message’ and a ‘Ban message’

When you’re done, save the settings. 

set a welcome message

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best welcome bots for Discord?

Aside from Carl bot, you can try other welcome bots like MEE6, Tatsumaki, Ostra, Welcomer, CommunityOne, and more. You can add these bots, customize the welcome settings, and get started.

How do you delete a welcome channel on Discord?

To delete a welcome channel, simply go back into your server’s dashboard > Click on “Channels,” > Choose “Delete Channel,” > confirm by clicking “Confirm.”


To sum up, creating a new welcome channel for your servers involves two steps – creating a welcome channel on Discord and adding and setting up a bot. You can follow our guide for both parts and get your welcome channel up and running in no time.

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