Gamers know that when it comes to staying connected with their fellow players, Discord is the way to go. With its top-notch features, it's no wonder why this platform is at the forefront of gaming communication. It boasts a range of top-tier features that have earned recognition as one of the best communication servers for any community.
In 2023, Discord isn't merely for communication. It's more like a one-stop shop for all sorts of activities, from blasting your favorite tunes to even snooping on your friends' gaming shenanigans (you know you want to). However, the magic behind these features is the clever bots you can add for each unique function. Without them, Discord wouldn't be nearly as entertaining and addictive.
What is a Discord bot?
If you've ever dived into any Discord server, you must notice that the anonymous smart-mouthed agent welcomes you with a “diss” or sometimes with a pizza. These pre-programmed helpful agents can do several jobs for the admin, even in their absence.
In today's world, automation has become a popular way to make tasks more efficient and reliable in which humans don't have to waste much time. Similarly, Discord bots are used explicitly to welcome new users to a server, manage user roles and permissions, play music in voice channels, conduct polls and surveys, generate memes and jokes, and filter out spam or inappropriate content. In short, it's a one-person army to optimize the server.
How to make a bot in Discord Server?
There are two ways to add a bot to your discord server. We will guide you both ways to make it easy-peasy for you.
Inviting a ready-made Discord bot
You can opt for a pre-programmed Discord bot to avoid messing with programming language tools. This way is best for you if you are a beginner in making servers. Here is the step-by-step guide for adding a pre-programmed Discord bot for you.
- Find a pre-programmed Discord bot that fits your needs on your browser. You can search for bots on Discord bot listing websites like top.gg.
- Once you have found a bot you like, click the "Invite" button on its page to add it to your server.
- To add the bot to your Discord server, you must log in to your account and select the server where you want to add it.
- After selecting the server, you will be asked to authorize the bot and grant it specific permissions. Review the permissions carefully and only give the bot the permissions it needs to function correctly.
- After you have authorized the bot, it will be added to your server, and you can start using it.
If the bot requires any additional setup or configuration, follow the instructions provided by the bot's developer on the website.
Develop your own Discord bot
Setting up a Discord bot can initially seem intimidating, but with the right resources, it's pretty simple. You don't need to be a pro in programming language to create your own bot. However, a simple programming tool knowledge is necessary to get started. Here are the basic steps to set up a Discord bot.
- First, go to the Discord Developer Portal and create a new application by clicking the "New Application" button.
- Give your application a name, then click the "Create" button.
- On the left-hand side of the page, click on the "Bot" tab and then click on the "Add Bot" button. You can customize your bot by giving it a name, profile picture, and description. This will create a bot account for your application.
- Under "Token," click "Copy" to copy your bot's Token. This private Token is what your bot will use to connect to Discord. Don't share your Token with anyone who can misuse your bot. If you find that your Token is compromised. You can reset the Token in the same tab when needed.
- You can now generate an invite link to invite the bot to your server. You can do this by clicking on the "OAuth2" tab and selecting the "bot" scope in the "Authorizing Method."
- Next, set the permissions you want your bot to have and generate the invite link. Finally, copy the link and paste it into your browser.
Once you've programmed your bot, you can test it by typing commands into your server. If everything works correctly, your bot should respond to the orders you've programmed to recognize.
While the idea of creating a personal bot sounds intriguing, most generic-purpose bots are available online. You may pick one for stream notifications, match schedules, music, watching movies with friends, and more. But if you have a lot of free time on your hands, then creating a custom bot can be a fun time-killer!