Organizing Rooms with Spaces

Organizing Rooms with Spaces

Or: Making Matrix Yours!

If you’re coming from SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/., you might have been using channel grouping which might have looked like this:

Screenshot of Slack's channel grouping

You might have noticed, that clients like Element don’t seem to support this. Instead, Matrix has support for something called Spaces.

Adding a Space

First, click the plus in the sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. of Element to create a space. Spaces are a Matrix feature, so already a number of clients support it. If you create a space in one client, it will be visible in other clients.

Screenshot that illustrates which plus plus to click to create space

This will open up this dialog. Here you’ll select private since you’ll want to organize this for yourself:

Screenshot of the dialog prompting you whether the space should be public or private

Now, we’ll set a title and icon:

Screenshot of the dialog where you create a new private space by entering a title, icon, and description.

Adding Rooms to a Space

Finally, you’ll be prompted which rooms you want to add.

Screenshot of the initial rooms selector of a space where there is a list of rooms and checkboxes and an Add button.

And the Space has been created and is accessible via the icon on the left.

Space Home

Here is a screenshot of a space with some more rooms. This view is actually called “Space Home:”

Screenshot of a Meta space that contains 4 rooms.

As soon as you click a room, that room will by default open if you click the space. If you ever want to go back to this overview page, go to Space Home like this:

Screenshot of how to get to the Space home by clicking the Space name in the center top and then select "Space Home"