Ready to get started? You can set up your own Gather Space in less than 5 minutes! Here's a few important things to know as you get started:
- It's free to make! There is no cost to creating or editing a Space.
- Your Space can be used by up to 25 people for free! Just sent out invites when your Space is ready to be visited.
- Place a reservation for 25+ guests or to get additional moderation features! When you're ready, you can easily make a reservation for a 2-hour event, for a specified date and time range, or for an ongoing monthly subscription.
Option 1: Choose Your Use Case
If you start from our homepage (https://gather.town), we'll take you through steps designed for your specific use case. Just click Sign up or Get started for free and follow the prompts to quickly and easily start a space for your remote office, special event, or community.
Next, choose whether you'd like to Create a Space or Explore Gather.
Tip: Choose Explore Gather if you'd like to see public Spaces others have created using Gather.
Next, select your use case (the main reason why you're making the Space) and then select Get started. We've got three main options to choose from: Work, Events, or Places. The option you select dictates what you experience next.
Tip: If you choose Work or Events, we'll take you through a few additional onboarding steps to help you get started. These onboarding journeys are still in development, so look for upcoming articles that will walk you through what happens when you choose Work or Events. If you choose Places, we'll take you to https://gather.town/create to choose a template, which is what we describe in this article.
Option 2: Pick a Template
If you'd like to take a look at all of our templates before getting started, choose Places as your use case, or head to https://gather.town/create. You can create a Space using one of our out-of-box, fully decorated templates—choosing from a variety of categories list on the left. You can select Filter to narrow down choices by Number of users or Type of areas.
Note: Number of users is the max number of the users you expect to have online and in your Space at the same time. Consider it a rough estimate of the maximum capacity of your Space.
Scroll through each category to see all options. You can also click Start from blank or Blank in the templates list to create a unique Space from scratch.
Name Your Space
When you find the perfect template, select the template preview. Your choice is outlined in green, and a Space details menu displays in the right panel.
Enter a name for your Space without any spaces; this will be part of the URL for your Space.
Warning: You cannot rename a Space once it created. If you make a mistake, you can always create a new Space with the correct name using the Copy from Existing Space feature.
Select whether you would like your Space to be password protected. (Click the Password protect toggle to the right to require passwords. A Password field displays. Enter a secure password to share with your guests.) Finally, answer the required question, "What are you building the space for?" and select Create space.
If you are not signed in to Gather, after you click Create space, a confirmation message displays. Use this opportunity to sign in or sign up to save your Space for future use. If you are just creating a test Space that does not need to be permanently saved, select Create space without signing in.
Important! You do not need to create an account to test out Gather. However, if you would like to save the Space you create during this session, you must create an account or sign in. If you create a Space and do not log in, you will not be able to regain Admin access to the Space again!
Congratulations on creating your first Gather Space! Once you've chosen your avatar, you're ready to start customizing your Space. You can invite others to test out the Space by either directly sending them the URL of your Space, or by clicking the home icon in the upper left corner and selecting Invite people.