Guide to Subscribers
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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 groupBefore 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):
- 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 subscribersIt'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.
Adding subscribers to your content
ArticlesTo 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:
Massive changesGo 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:
SecretsSecrets 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.
CategoriesYou 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
MapsMaps 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:
TimelinesTimelines 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
ImagesFinally, 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
FAQDo 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.
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