If you’re a broadcaster on Twitch, you’ve likely seen the notification bar at the top of your dashboard. It’s provided a long countdown to the official launch of the new Creator Dashboard. That day is today.
At some point in the next number of hours, the old dashboard will be officially retired. That means you’ll have no further access to it. Now, if you haven’t taken the time to explore the new dashboard, you’re going to struggle a bit at first, but the experience will ultimately win you over as it is MUCH more creator-friendly. Let’s run through some of the tips and tricks that you should be aware of.
Access the Secret Menu
Everything else in this list is going to be pretty straightforward advice – except for this. There is a secret menu that allows you to toggle individual panels on or off. It’s a feature that will be added to the core design soon, but right now it’s hidden from view. To access it, simply enter the Konami Code while on the new Dashboard. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A. A small menu will pop over the dashboard with toggles for each individual panel on the dashboard. This is great if you want to disable or enable ANY of the panels.
Run Ads with a Single Click
Twitch’s new dashboard makes running ads much easier than the old dashboard. The old dashboard had a slider to choose the length, the new dashboard has preset lengths including 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, and 180. In general, you shouldn’t use ad breaks longer than 90 as that’s the max time you can disable pre-roll ads (30 minutes).
Running Polls has a Browser Source
Polls are a new feature that are incredibly useful for streamers. They also have a small monetization feature built-in thanks to ‘voting via bits’. However, we’ve noticed that sometimes people often don’t see the voting overlay on the chat. This seems to be some mobile versions of the app. In order to get around this, there is a Browser Source that you can link in the chat. This allows anyone logged into to be able to pull it up. The link looks like this: https://www.twitch.tv/popout/USERNAME/poll. Swap out USERNAME for your channel name, and that will point people at that poll.
Toggling Viewers/Subs Easier than Ever
One of the big pieces of advice that people often have is to NOT look at the viewer count when streaming. The new dashboard more prominently displays stats about your stream, but the functionality of hiding those numbers still exists. Much like before, just click and they’ll instantly be hidden. That said, it’s important to know that if they are hidden, mouseovers will show the exact number in a little bubble.
Any tips or tricks you have for the new dashboard? Share them in the comments below!