Getting started for team creators
If you're interested in creating a new Slack team or want some help managing one, this guide was designed with you in mind.
Don't miss our What is Slack guide if you'd like a refresher before you get going. Or, if you actually want to join an existing Slack team, perhaps our Getting started for new users guide is where you want to be instead!
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Getting started for team creators
This section of the guide was designed for people who want to start a new Slack team, or anyone who wants more information about setting one up.
As an Owner of the team you'll be able to assign administrative roles and permissions to certain members that you choose, so they can help with ongoing team organization, set up, and member management.
Step 1 — Create a team
So, you’ve decided to create a Slack team to help your organization get work done. We’re thrilled, and you’ve come to the right place.
First, visit slack.com/create to create a new Slack team. All you need is an email address that you can access. We’ll guided through each step, but you can visit Create a Slack team on our Help Center if you’d like instructions to follow along.
Ta-da! 👏 You are now the Primary Owner of your Slack team. In the following steps we’ll go over team administration basics. But before you get to that, you'll want to finish getting yourself set up:
Step 2 — Manage team settings and permissions
Before you invite members to join on Slack, we recommend you review your team’s settings. Click your team name in the top left to open the Team Menu, then choose Team settings. Or, go to my.slack.com/admin/settings.
A full list can be found in the Settings and Permissions sections at the link above, but here are a few things you can adjust to start:
- Team signup mode
- Team icon
- Message editing & deletion preferences
- Channel management
- Custom emoji & loading messages
- Do Not Disturb hours
Note: The default settings and permissions are Slack’s recommended preferences. While they may work for many teams, we understand some may need to adjust to meet their company's needs and policies.
Step 3 — Team setup and organization
Now that you’ve adjusted some of your team’s settings and preferences, it’s time to build the foundation that will support your future team members.
In previous guides, you learned that channels are where your team will have most of their conversations in Slack. You can create private channels for confidential conversations, but in the name of transparency, public channels are open for anyone on the team to join.
- Create a new channel naming strategy
Before we go any further, think about how you might pre establish channel naming guidelines. Not only would this help team members find information they are looking for more efficiently, but it helps keep conversations in each location relevant and focused.
Start with broad channels for departments (#design, #finance, #hr) and office locations (#sf, #paris, #van).
Next, establish channel naming guidelines. Using a standard set of prefixes (like #help- , #team-, #project-, etc.) keep channels organized and predictable. If someone is looking for help with their employee benefits, they’d be able to see very quickly what channels were available using the Quick Switcher.
Did we mention that this is such a crucial element of your team’s setup? It really is. So we have an entire article dedicated to organizing and naming channels on our Help Center.✨
- Set default channels for new members
To start off, you’ll notice you have a #general and #random channel. Feel free to rename them to whatever you’d like.
Since #general is the default channel for all new members, we recommend you use it as your company announcements channel (e.g. #announcements, or #announcements-global if you chose to make #announcements- a channel prefix).
Now that your team has a channel for #announcements and some other broad topics, you can set default channels that all new members will join when they create an account on the team.
Slack can be used on the Free plan for as long as you’d like, but there are some additional features on paid plans. Here are some popular features you might consider at this stage.
- Single sign-on gives your team access to Slack through an identity provider, like G Suite or Okta.
- User Groups give you the ability to notify entire departments or groups of people at once (e.g. @marketing-team or @managers).
- Guest access allows you to give guests limited access to your team. This feature is perfect for contractors or external vendors who you would normally communicate with by email.
- Custom retention policies help you manage messages and files.
Step 4 — Invite members to your team
It’s time to bring your team to life now that the setup basics are complete — let’s go over inviting new members to your team.
By default, Team Owners and Admins can invite new members to the team. But you can give permission to regular members and let them send invitations, if you want.
There are two ways to invite new members to your Slack team:
- Send an email invitation
It’s as easy as it sounds! Just enter an email address (or multiple at once), along with the first and last name of the person you’d like to invite. You can choose what their role on the team will be (e.g. Owner, Admin, member — or Guest, if you’re on a paid plan).
- Allow email signup
With email signup enabled, anyone with an approved email address domain will be able to create an account on your team.
Note: Visit Invite new members to your Slack team for step-by-step instructions on the the Help Center.
That’s it! Encourage teammates to join your Slack team, and remind them that they can refer to our Getting started for new users guide for guidance and support.
Step 5 — Apps and tools for your team
Slack lets you to connect all of the tools and services you use for work in one place, eliminating the need to constantly switch between apps.
Add apps to your team
You can find apps for services you already use directly from our App Directory — everything from helpful bots, communication tools, payments & accounting, project management, HR, and more.
Go ahead, browse our App Directory. There are hundreds to choose from! When you’ve found an app to install, we’ll prompt you along so you don’t get stuck.
Note: For more, visit Add an app to your team on the Help Center for detailed instructions. 🤖
Build internal integrations for your team
Unlike the ready-made apps found on the App Directory, internal integrations can be custom built for your team, by people in your company. Building your own integrations does require technical know-how, but the benefits are endless.
- Leverage existing internal tools and services your company uses to work together.
- Route notifications from other services into Slack to centralize communication.
- Tie data and information from various systems together in Slack to improve complex cross-system workflows.
- Bring people together, increase the visibility of work getting done, and make more informed decisions as a unified team.
If this sounds interesting, visit Customize Slack with internal integrations on our Help Center for information.
We hope that was helpful! Now that your team is set up for success, hop over to Working in Slack. We'll show you how to use search, hold meetings with Slack Calls and Videos, and how Slack can make your entire team more productive overall.
Or, you can learn more on our Help Center. 🐙