How to Make a Subreddit

According to The Wall Street Journal, there are more than 52 million active Reddit users that use the website on a daily basis, making it the 18th most popular website on the planet.
The secret behind Reddit’s popularity is that anyone can join or even create their own community on the website, which is known as “subreddit”.
If you want to know how to make a subreddit, this article has got you covered! Today, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know in order to create your own dedicated community on Reddit. So without further ado, let’s jump right in!

A Step By Step Guide to Create Your Own Subreddit

Step 1: Create an Account on Reddit

The first thing you need to do before making a subreddit is to create an account. So, if you don’t already have an account, you must register a new account.
To do this, simply click the “Sign Up” button that is found in the top-right corner of the home page.

Step 2: Meet The Requirements for Creating a Subreddit

To prevent spamming subreddits on the website, Reddit has set some requirements that your account needs to meet in order to create a subreddit. These requirements are:
  • The account needs to be at least 1 month old (30 days)
  • The account needs to have a specific amount of positive karma
Karma is simply a point system that you gain by communicating with others on Reddit. Actions like posting, commenting, and giving awards will get you karma points. A new account starts with 1 karma.
Reddit doesn’t disclose the specific amount of karma necessary to create a subreddit, but in most cases, the amount is easy to reach and around 50 karma are usually enough to make you eligible.

Step 3: Use the Waiting Time to Research Your Topic

As you can see, your Reddit account needs to be at least 30 days old in order to create a new community.
This should be an ideal time to start researching the topic you want to make a subreddit. For example, check out whether a subreddit with a similar topic already exists.
This should also be enough time to engage with various communities on the website, which helps you find out more about the Reddit experience and also get you enough positive karma points to be able to create your subreddit immediately after 30 days.

Step 4: Create a Subreddit

Once you’ve met the requirements for creating a community, you’ll be able to create your own subreddit.
In that case, you should find a blue button that says “Create a New Community” at the top right of your own Reddit homepage.
If you’re using the old layout of Reddit (, the button will read “Create Your Own Subreddit”.

Step 5: Fill Out the Details of Your Subreddit

After clicking on the creation button, you’ll need to fill out some details about the subreddit you want to create. Let’s have a quick look at each one of them:
  • Name
The name of the subreddit is the part that shows up on the URL. For that reason, the name must be unique and can’t have any spaces or trademarks in it.
For example, if you type “example” here, your Reddit address will be “r/apples” and your URL will be: “”.
Keep in mind that the subreddit’s name is permanent, so make sure you give it a thought before picking one.
  • Title
The title is the actual name that appears on the top of your subreddit. Luckily, the title isn’t permanent and is allowed to have spaces, so you can choose any title you want and change it later.
  • Description
The description shows under the “About Community” on the top right of the subreddit’s home page.
So it’s the perfect place to explain the purpose of the subreddit. The maximum number of characters here is 500, so make it succulent.
  • Sidebar
The sidebar is the place where you can add more details about your subreddit, such as rules, relevant links, mods list, and more.
  • Submission Text
This one appears to Redditors in your community when they post on the subreddit. This panel is typically used to remind the posters of the rules of posting.
  • Additional Settings
After filling out primary details, you’ll be left with some additional options that will help you manage the subreddit or personalize it.
These options include adjusting content options (whether Redditors are allowed to add links in their posts and comments), the color of the subreddit on mobile apps, and more. The options are pretty self-explanatory and vary according to your personal preferences.

Can You Delete a Subreddit?

There are some situations where people decide that they don’t want to mod a subreddit anymore.
In that case, the first thing to hop into the creator’s mind is to delete the subreddit or leave the moderator role for someone else.
According to Reddit, it’s not possible for anyone to delete a subreddit once they’re created. In other words, they’ll continue to exist even if you abandon them. Despite that, there are a few workarounds that you may consider in such a case, including:

1. Setting to Private

You can do that by adjusting the “Type” section in subreddit settings and changing it to “Private”. No one will have access to your subreddit anymore once the changes are saved.

2. Leave as Mod

By choosing this option, the subreddit will be available for other moderators to take over the subreddit by making a request in “r/redditrequest.”

3. Post in r/adoptareddit

This one is quite similar to the previous option. However, the main difference is that it allows others to take over the subreddit while you stay as a mod.


With that said, you now have a better idea about how to make a subreddit dedicated to a specific topic.
As you can see, Reddit always encourages its users to create new subreddits for every niche and topic out there, so they make it quite easy for anyone to make a new one.