A Comprehensive Guide to Create a Subreddit

A Comprehensive Guide to Create a Subreddit

Learning Technology

How to make a Subreddit?

  • Making a Reddit Account

If you want to make a subreddit, you’ll need a Reddit account first. Depending on the purpose of the subreddit, it will be a good idea to create a new account—especially if it is for a brand. It is always good to keep business and personal accounts separate.

The account does not have to be active and can be created for the sole reason of running a subreddit.

How to change Reddit username?

The only way to change the Reddit username is by creating a new account with a new username. You cannot change your existing Reddit username; the only way to do it is to create a new account.

  • Decide on a Topic

Now we get to the exciting part. What topic do you think deserves a subreddit? Considering there are subreddits on everything from heavy topics to the most niche jokes imaginable, you can decide what you want.

To start, it’s best to do some research and see what’s out there already. There is a list of subreddit analytics tools which will work for you, but even a cursory search on Reddit itself is a good start.

There is no problem with starting a subreddit similar to an existing one, but it will be tough to get subscribers. If you think you can do it better, then do it.

Think about what you want to achieve. Is it for fun, or is there a more serious purpose behind? This will be effective in deciding on a topic and how you frame it.

  • Create Your Subreddit

Once the account is ready to go, just navigate back to the homepage and click on ‘Create your own subreddit’ on the right side of the screen.

That will send you to a form with the following parts to fill out.

  • Name

This is not only the name of the subreddit but will create the URL for it as well. So if you want a subreddit about how much you love dogs, you may select ‘ilovedogs’. The URL for the subreddit will then be reddit.com/r/ilovedogs. This choice will be permanent.

  • Title

This is pretty self-explanatory. You may keep it the same as the name, so ‘I Love Dogs’, for example. This will also be the page title. You can change this whenever you want, so do not worry too much for now.

  • Description

Here is the chance to explain what the subreddit is about. This would not appear on the subreddit itself but will appear in social media and Google descriptions. Keep things to the point and be mindful that in search results, descriptions can only be so long.

  • Sidebar

Here is the chance to get more detail. Anything you put here will appear on your sidebar of the subreddit. This sidebar looks at all times, whether it is the comments of a description or the front page. You can change this down the line, but you like to include links to relevant info, a good introduction, and any rules you like to set for your subreddit.

  • Submission Text

Submission text is what users will see just before they submit on a text post or link. You can put whatever you want here, but it is generally a good idea to remind people of relevant rules and reminders. For instance, some subreddits require you to add flair or leave a comment, including specific details.

  • Content Options

There are few setup options here. Just so you are aware, ‘text posts only’ means exactly that. No one can submit any links at all; they can only write something in text and submit that. Numerous subreddits do this to stop spam, or because it would not make much sense, like for an advice subreddit like /r/Relationships.

The other two boxes enable you to change what appears on the submission buttons. Nice and easy.

  • Wiki

Reddit gives the ability to make a wiki for the subreddit. Usually, there is no point for smaller ones, but for the large communities that get complex, they can be beneficial. If you are not sure, just leave the wiki option disabled for now. You can activate it again later.

If you decide to have one, you can then set up security on who can edit it. It is suggested being pretty stringent on this unless there is a particular reason to do otherwise.

  • Hiding Comment Scores

It relates to how it takes for a submission’s upvote/downvote score to appear to everyone. This is usually used to stop users from being influenced by the scores of other people. It’s not essential, but it can keep things a bit more natural. Experiment a bit, but ten minutes is an excellent place to start.

  • Mobile Look and Feel

Nothing too complicated here. This just sets a color for your subreddit when viewed on mobile. Not hugely essential but useful for keeping everything in sync.



Pearl Bradley, a scientific expert who has been researching its processes for more than five years,


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