Guide to World Configuration

This guide goes over all of the settings under the world configuration menu! Use this to finetune your world's settings such as cover image, date, co-authors, css and more!  




This is the name of your world. It can literally be the name of your world, or it could be the name of your setting! For example, The Elder Scrolls is the name of a setting, but Nirn is the name of a world.   You can change your world name at any point, so don't feel like you have to start a new one! Note that if you change your world name, it will have a new url for the world - so if you have shared links to your world on social media or other profiles it will need updating.  


This is a place to provide a short introduction to your world so that people know what it's about. You can also use BBCode here to insert images, links, article blocks and more. This will display on the front page of your world, below the title.

RPG Systems

Here you can select which RPG systems your world is using, if any. If this setting doesn't show, you need to enable RPG features in your account details.  

Privacy state

If you are a guild member you can set your world to Private so that it is only visible by you (or your Subscribers and Co-authors if you grant them access. See Guide to Subscribers and Guide to Authors).


Global cover

Choose an image from the world's gallery using the drop-down. It will be displayed in every single page of your world where a specific cover is not specified. The recommended dimensions of this image are 1920x500px.  


This is where you can select the primary language you wish your world to be displayed in. As translations are being implemented this will alter the language of the headers appearing in your world's page and article templates.  


Here you can select any relevant genres that apply to your world to help other people find it when browsing.


If your world can be classified using terms other than the genres, use this field! Tags are very useful if you want your work to be seen by others.  

Word Goal

If you are a guild member you can set a global word count goal for your world, and change it whenever you like! This goal tracker will appear in the form of a progress bar on your world's dashboard.  

World's profile display weight

Type any number in this box. The higher the number, the higher this world will appear in your profile compared to your other worlds. Useful if you have multiple public world but want to feature a single one.


Display options

This tab contains several checkboxes to customize which widgets will appear in your world's homepage, such as the table of contents or the recent articles list. They are all self-explanatory, but feel free to leave a comment if you have trouble understanding some of them.  


Here you can customize where some of the widgets appear in the Homepage. The Homepage has three columns, and each widget has a default one, but in this tab you can change where the table of contents, maps widget, and timelines list appear.  

Custom content

World master map

Select one of your world's maps in this drop-down. It will appear in every single page of the world.  

Homepage custom content

Here you can customize the contents of the world's homepage in different sections:  
  • Full width content: this will appear at the very top of the homepage. If your have categories displaying as book covers, the custom content will appear under the book covers.
  • Left, center, and right columns: self-explanatory —content in these text fields will be displayed under the full width content in three columns.

Date & Time

Current Display Date

This is where you can set the current date that your world is taking place in. This field in particular is purely for displaying purposes, and it will appear under the world name in the homepage. You may use letters in this field.  

Current year, month, and day

If you fill in these three fields, you will actually set the current date so that the system understands it. For example, if you create a character and set their birth date, the article will calculate how old that character is.  


In these fields you may define the eras of your world (the equivalents of AD and BC). This will be used to display the current date on the homepage, and it will integrate with the timelines feature.  


Global Options

World Anvil Community Social Features

These features include article likes, the follow world button, the read later button, and article comments. They are enabled by default, but here you can disable them for your world.  

Display Article Tooltips

If this box is enabled, hovering a link will display a rich tooltip with a preview of the article (more information in the Guide to Tooltipster and Excerpts). If you uncheck the box, it will instead display a simple tooltip with the article excerpt.

Display Block Headers

An article block is an element that you can use anywhere to link to an article and display its cover image, title, and excerpt (you can see them in the featured articles or recent articles sections of the world homepage). If you uncheck this box, blocks will not display the cover image. More information about blocks in Articleblocks.  

Visibility Toggle

The visibility toggle is a small button only you can see in presentation view. It lets you make elements private and back to public on the fly, without having to edit them. With this box checked, your co-authors and editors will be able to use this toggle as well.

Global Content

These three options are for Guild members only.  

Global copyright footer

You can use this section to establish the copyright for the entirety of your world. Anything you put here will appear at the bottom of most pages of the world. You can easily use a Creative Commons licence for your world using one of the BBCode tags. Expand to see all Creative Commons licence tags.  

World Navigation Sidebar Custom content

World navigation sidebar custom content: anything you add here will appear at the top of the navigation sidebar, which appears collapsed by default at the left edge of your world in presentation view.  

Global Article Content Block

Whatever you type here will appear at the top of all articles' sidebars, before the actual sidebar contents. If no sidebar is displayed in a given article, this will instead appear at the bottom.  


These options are for Guild members only


If you are a guild member you can choose a premade theme to change the appearance of your world's articles. Check out Theme References for more info.

Cascade Stylesheets (CSS)

If you are a guild member and have knowledge of CSS, you can make your own unique theme! Check out the Guide to CSS Formatting for more info.   The presentation CSS will affect your world's presentation view, while the authoring panel CSS will only affect your editing view of the world (and also your co-authors', if you have any).



Discord Webhook

If you are a Master of the Guild member (or above) you can set up a webhook so that article updates will be sent to your personal Discord server. More information in the Guide to Setting up a Discord Webhook.

Social Media Profiles

You can set up Patreon, Twitter, Twitch and Discord accounts of your world. They will appear in your world's home page in rich format (i.e. a Twitter stream, a live Twitch stream, and Patreon and Discord buttons).


This section will let you set several options related to the monetization of your world
  • Custom access denied page: you can create an article with information on how to support your world or other information you consider appropriate. Then, use this drop-down to select that article. Now, when someone tries to access an article they can't see, they will be redirected to the article you selected instead of the generic Multipass? page.
  • World URL slug: change the default worldname-username part of your world's URL to whatever you wish!
  • Secured links: this is unchecked by default. If you check it, your readers will be able to click links leading to private content. They won't be able to view the content itself, but it's a great way to redirect them to a call to action page using the custom access denied page.
  • World white labeling: if you enable this feature, the top navigation bar and the footer will not be displayed in your world, effectively removing World Anvil's branding. A small "Powered by World Anvil" box will still be displayed in the left corner of your screen, which will also contain the links to edit the world and the article (only visible to you).
  • World community: this feature is still work in progress, and currently it allows you to enable self-assigning subscriber groups (more information). In the future this will also toggle other community-related features.

Other guides

Sidebar options

These options appear in collapsed panels in the configuration page right sidebar:  

Upload cover image

This image will appear in the homepage of your world. The suggestion dimensions are 1920x500px, while the minimum recommended width is 1170px.  

Transfer World

If you wish to transfer your world to another user, you can do so here. This is not an automatic process. The request will be reviewed and you will be informed when it takes place.  

World Widgets

In this box you can copy BBCode tags that will link to your world. One of them is a plain link to the world homepage, while the other one is a button to follow the world.  

Delete or Leave World

If you are a co-author of the world, here you will find a button to leave the world. If you are the creator of the world, you will instead see a button to delete it. Please note that deleting a world is irreversible! Make sure you really want to delete it before pressing the button.  

Open data & RSS feed

This section has a link to your word's RSS feed as well as JSON endpoints. You can use those to integrate your world with applications that accept these formats.


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3 Jan, 2019 05:20

"Delete World If you really wish to delete your world, you can do so here. This process is irreversible."   Where?

3 Jan, 2019 10:01

In your world configuration, scroll all the way down and it's on the right hand side at the bottom.

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30 Jun, 2019 13:22


8 Aug, 2019 23:56

UPDATE: This was not at all straightforward for me, it may have been moved or not, but anyway, NOW: World > Configuration > "UTILITIES TAB" > Then the "Delete This World" button is there. :)

5 Dec, 2019 01:51

Thank you for this you really helped me.

22 Dec, 2019 17:59

Where might you go now to delete a world things have moved again?

17 Feb, 2020 02:30

World > Configuration > "UTILITIES" tab > Then the "Delete This World" button is there

~Confused Soup
23 Jul, 2019 05:57

I set a global article image that appears as a banner for every article and such and can't find the option to change it to a different image, help please lol!

17 Feb, 2020 02:35

you can set the global cover from the world config styling tab, and also page by page in the article/catagory display tab

~Confused Soup
18 Sep, 2019 21:23

where has the export world function gone?

17 Feb, 2020 02:34

export world is a higher level feature, its in the 'utilities' tab in world config if you have access to the feature

~Confused Soup
1 Oct, 2019 15:56

Looks like the export functionality has been removed.

17 Feb, 2020 02:34

its in the 'utilities' tab in world config if you have access to the feature

~Confused Soup
2 May, 2020 21:10

According to this article, the export should be available to all creators. How does one go about exporting if they don't have the option in the Utilities tab?

15 May, 2020 12:28

if you're a freemen you can still download your pages, but you have to do it per page. It will be in the 'additinal actions' section when editing an article.   i've been told that the reason whole world download at once isn't avalible is becasue the massive resources it takes up when used, plus that its not finished as a feature. the site is still in beta and usually they wait for a feature to be more complete before releasing it to everyone fully

~Confused Soup
11 Oct, 2020 03:10

Any plans to return this feature to free users? Call me paranoid, but I like having a local copy of all the time and effort I've put into writing...

15 Oct, 2020 20:59

free users can still download each page individually, this hasn't changed. and the never could do the whole world at once (and as resource intensive as it is i doubt they will get whole world at once)

here's were to find the per page one (screenshot taken from a freemen account)

export page.png

~Confused Soup
7 Dec, 2019 02:11

Where do I upload the cover image?

17 Feb, 2020 02:36

a quick line explaining where to find each feature might not be a bad idea

~Confused Soup
8 Mar, 2020 07:22

For my world I can't get the current date to appear on the home page and it will only let me enter a number.

21 Apr, 2020 23:59

how do you rename your profile? I accidentally misspelled it

22 Apr, 2020 00:39

I worked out how to add co-authors to a world on my phone, then I tried it on my computer and couldn't find the option. So I went back to my phone and tried to find it again but now I'm unable to find it there. Was I hallucinating this option before?

Uht Ceara
17 Jun, 2020 12:17

Hi, How do you set your authors profile to display on the world homepage?

1 Jul, 2020 00:15

Where do I configure the world map? I want to attach a newly uploaded map to the world as a whole. Do I need to create an article?

21 Aug, 2020 03:16

how can I set a word count goal

21 Aug, 2020 08:25

You'll find the "Word goal" box in World configuration -> Settings -> Advanced. This guide is a bit outdated (but already in my to-do list to update).

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