Getting Started with Discord

What is Discord?

Discord is tried and true service with a legacy of providing voice, video and text communications to large groups of people organized around a common purpose. To learn more about Discord visit their website: Why Discord.

Discord will allow us to enjoy OCF in the Clouds with improved security. It will give the admins a tool for quickly handling unsavory situations. Discord and Hubs (the platform for OCF in the Clouds) have a good working relationship and we are hopeful that these two together will help us have a safe and high-quality event.

Tutorial Time

This tutorial will show you how to:

  • Create an Account
  • Log in to Discord
  • How to use Discord

What you’ll need:

Account creation

To create a Discord account:

  1. Follow the link to the registration page, or click here.
  2. Add your email address, a username, and a password, in the appropriate boxes, and then click Continue.  


    You have now created the account, but you will be unable to log into it until you have verified your email.
  3. Open your email and find the email that Discord sent you. It is probably the most recent email that you’ve received.
    If you don’t see it in a few minutes, check in your Spam folder.
    In the email, click Verify Email.
  4. Pat yourself on the back. You done good.

To log in to Discord from a smartphone or tablet:

  1. Open the Discord app, by tapping the Discord icon.
  2. When asked to log in, provide the username and password that you added for your account.You are now logged in.

To log in to Discord from a PC or Mac:

  1. In your Web browser, go to https://discordapp.com/
  2. Click Open Discord.
  3. Provide the username and password that you created for the account. You’re logged in.

To log in to Discord from PC or Mac, with the Discord app installed.

You can install the Discord application directly to your computer at Discord.com/download.

Let’s be fair – if you installed the app, you probably already know how to log on.

Using Discord

The Discord interface is broken into a couple of areas of interest. In the left pane, you’ll see any Discord servers that you have joined. If you’re using this tutorial, you probably don’t have anything here. To add a server, either click this link to join the OCF in the Clouds server, or click the + button in this pane. (IMPORTANT: Once you’ve joined our server and familiarized yourself with the rest of this guidede, make sure you head back to the Peach Portal page for next steps! Discord is a tool for accessing OCF in the Clouds, not OCF in the Clouds itself.)

Once you have joined a server, you will see a middle pane that shows all channels in the server.

Discord servers are broken up by channels. Each channel holds a different conversation from the rest of the group. There are also voice channels, that you can use to hear, speak with, and see other Discord users on the server. For our purposes, you’ll probably not be using the audio channels.

In the channel list, click the channel that you want to read.

Another important feature of this pane is the very bottom, next to your username. You’ll note that there are three icons here. The first one is your microphone control. This enables or disables your microphone.

To the right of that is the incoming audio control, which enables/disables your speakers/headphones.

Finally, there is the settings menu, where you can configure your account and app settings. You may want to check under APP SETTINGS > Voice & Video to ensure that the correct audio input and output devices are selected.

This takes us to the right pane, where you’ll see the content of the channel.

The lighter grey box, at the bottom, is where you can type messages into the channel.

In addition, there is a fourth pane, to the right, that shows who is online. This doesn’t appear in all interfaces, however.

By this time, you should have a fair idea as to how to navigate the interface.

Should you need further assistance, there is a help button, in the upper right corner of the interface, which takes you directly to the Discord support page so you can ask questions and get assistance. If you need help with something specifically related to OCF in the Clouds, get in touch with us here.