How to create a subreddit on Reddit

Subreddits are the core of Reddit. There are thousands of subreddits, and some of them even have millions of members. Anyone with an active account can open a subreddit. 

What is a subreddit?

A subreddit is like a forum. People can discuss a specific topic in that community. As every forum has categories, subreddits have a flair for categorizing discussions. 

You can create a subreddit if you have a Reddit account. Reddit also allows multiple moderators for a subreddit. 

Managing a subreddit is 100 times harder than creating one. In this article, you will learn how to create a subreddit and edit the essential items. 

Create a subreddit

Open a web browser on your computer and go to www.reddit.com. Log in to your Reddit account or create a new account.

Click on the Create Community button below the Create Post. A pop-up appears on your screen.

Type your subreddit in the Name field. Subreddit names are unique and you can’t modify them later. 

A subreddit can have 3-21 characters and underscores. Subreddit names are shown in their URLs. 

For example, www.reddit.com/r/ansmegeek is our subreddit, and the subreddit name is ansmegeek, which we can’t change.

Select Community Type among Public, Restricted and Private. 

If you want to grow your community, keep it public. Anyone can join or post on your subreddit if it’s public.

Only select [NSFW] 18+ year old community if your subreddit will have only adult content. 

You can’t change this once your subreddit is created. NSFW subreddits have a disadvantage: people with NSFW turned off can’t find or visit the subreddit. 

Click the Create Community button. 

Design your subreddit

Once you create your subreddit, it’s time to decorate your subreddit. You can add a subreddit avatar, banner, rules, flair, etc., using the Mod tools. 

Open a new tab and go to www.reddit.com. Click on the Home drop-down menu and select your subreddit.

Click on MOD TOOLS beside the About Community section. 

Scroll down to the bottom of the left sidebar and click on Community Appearance from the Settings section. 

Click on the Name & icon from the left sidebar. 

Upload the Community Icon and select the name format. Click Save to apply changes. 

Now, click on Banner if you want to update the community banner.

Upload your desired community banner and click Save. 

Add post flair to your subreddit

Flair is like a category for your subreddit. Users can choose a flair while submitting their posts. 

By default, there’s no flair unless you add it from the mod tools.

Open Reddit on a web browser and visit your subreddit. Click on Mod Tools from the About Community section.

Scroll down to the content section and click on Post Flair. 

Click on Start Using Flair. 

Toggle on Enable post flair and Let users give their post flair. Click Save to apply the changes.

Click the Add button to create a new flair. 

Enter the flair name in the Flair text field. 

Click on the Color panel beside the Flair background color and select the background color. 

Click the Save button to add your flair. 

Add as much flair as you want, following the same process. 

Add rules to your subreddit

It’s impossible to manage a subreddit without proper rules. Every active subreddit has a set of rules on their right sidebar.

You can also create a set of rules. If a user posts something against the rules, other members can report the post and mark which rule the post violates. 

Go to the Reddit website and open your subreddit. Click on Mod Tools from the About Community section.

Click on Rules and Removal Reasons from the left sidebar. 

Click the Add Rule button; a pop-up appears on your screen.

Enter the Rule name, choose where the rule applies, and enter a full description.

Click the Add new rule button to create the rule. 

Follow the same process to add more rules to your subreddit. Return to your subreddit page and check the right sidebar to find your rules. 

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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