Guide to Subscribers

Subscribers are a Guild Feature!
If you want to use it, please consider supporting World Anvil!
  Sometimes you want to hide parts of your content to most people but make it visible to certain people. You can achieve this by using the Subscribers feature.  

What is a subscriber?

A subscriber is somebody who can read the secrets and other private content that you can pepper throughout your world. You can read about secrets and how to make them by clicking here.   You can have several groups with subscribers, meaning that you can give different secrets to different groups of subscribers. The higher your Guild rank, the more subscribers you can have.   If you are a Guild member you can also make your world private, but you can make articles viewable by your subscribers.  

Let's do it!

Creating a group

Before adding subscribers, you will need to create a subscriber group. To do so, first go the Access Rights page of your world from the left sidebar (link highlighted in red):  

Access Rights links

  In the Access Rights page, choose the option Groups and use the right sidebar to create a group.  

Create subs group

  Only Title is mandatory; you can leave Description and Position empty. In Position, you can enter a number between 1 and 100. Groups with higher numbers appear first in the list of groups. After you have created the group, you will see it listed:  

Groups list

  Each group in the list has three buttons, from left to right:
  • Edit: it will take you to a page to edit the group's settings (title, description and position).
  • Subscribers: it will show you who is part of this group.
  • Group Assets: it contains a list of all pages that this group can view.

Adding subscribers

It's time to add people to the group! Select Subscribers and use the sidebar to add a subscriber to a group. Note that the subscriber needs a World Anvil account. You can add a subscriber to multiple groups, but all subscribers need to be in at least one group.  

Add subscriber

  After adding it to the group, the subscriber will appear in the list of subscribers. Use the red — sign to remove it from a group, and the green + sign to add it to another group:  

Subs list

  And we are done! But keep reading to know how to make content available to subscribers only!  

Adding subscribers to your content


To let your subscribers read private articles you first go to the article you want to make available. The Article List can help you finding your private articles.   Go edit the desired article. At the top of the page, you will see these tabs. Click on Access:


  If you choose Private in the first box and your subscriber group, the article will only be visible to you and the chosen group.  

Massive changes

Go to your article list and click on the lock button at the top ("Access & State"). Once in that page, select the articles you want to make public (or private) for a certain group and choose the group at the bottom of the page:  

massive subscriber adding to articles



Secrets are always private. When creating them, you can optionally choose subscribers groups so that they can see the secret. If you don't choose any, only you and your co-authors will be able to see it. When creating a secret, you can choose one or more groups from the list. Afterwards, you can also edit the secret and change the subscriber groups, of course.  
Secret subscriber groups


You can also give your subscribers access to an entire category. To do so, go edit your category and, at the bottom of the page, set it as Private and choose the subscriber group.   See also: Guide to Creating and Using Categories  


Maps have different parameters to set their level of privacy. You can make the whole map available to subscribers only from the Map Settings (Display & Privacy) tab you will find in the map edit page:  

Map configuration tab

  Set it as private and choose the subscriber groups. You can do the same with specific layers, marker groups or individual markers, from their respective tabs. If a marker is set to a marker group, it will automatically have the visibility level set for its group.   See also: Guide to Maps  


Timelines as a whole can also be hidden from everyone except subscribers. Edit your timeline and edit the visibility setting in the Edit Timeline box of the right sidebar. Note that you will have to click on Show advanced options to see the visibility settings (they will show up at the bottom of the section).   You can do the same for individual historical entries, from their respective edit pages.   See also: Guide to Timelines  


Finally, images can also be private. At the bottom of the image edit page (or when you are first uploading it), you can find the usual visibility settings. In both cases, you will have to click the Show advanced options link to edit visibility settings.   See also: Guide to Images


Do subscribers need to be Guild members? No, they don't. Only the world creator needs a Guild account.   How many subscribers can I have? The higher your guild rank, the more subscribers you can have. Note that the subscriber slots count for all your worlds (i.e. If you have ten subscriber slots, you can have ten in a single world or five in two different worlds, but not ten in each world).   If the world is set as Private, can certain articles be Public? Yes, but since the main page will be private, public articles will have to be accessed from a direct link.  

See also

Guide to Authors
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Got a friend? Have them help you work on your world by adding them as an author.


Access codes

Subscriber Access Codes are Sage (and above) feature!
If you want to make use of this feature, consider supporting World Anvil or upgrading your subscription.
  This feature allows you to send an access code to someone so that they can activate their subscription to your world without you adding them manually. In your world's Access Rights page, select "Subscriber Access Codes" and fill in the sidebar. You will need to have created at least one subscriber group. The empty form looks like this:  
create subscriber code.png
  After clicking the "Create Code" button, it will appear in the list, like that:  
subscriber codes list.png
  Your subscribers will be able to activate their subscription from a special page of your world, located at your world's URL followed by /activate (e.g. It looks like this:  
activate subscriber code.png
  When the subscription is activated, your new subscriber will see a confirmation message at the top of the page:  
subscriber code activated.png

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