How to Get Slack’s Paid Features for Free
worth the slack Pay for … if you are a company. If you’re using Slack for an online community, you should probably stick with the free version only.
This is partly because most of Slack’s paid features aren’t really necessary if you’re just using it as a group text platform, but also because the paid options quickly become expensive. Plans start at $7.25 per user per month, which means a community with two dozen people will cost $174 monthly, or more than $2,000 annually. You’re likely to pay more than you’re willing to pay for the privilege of having fun with friends (as charming as they are, I’m sure).
Still, some of those paid Slack features are great, especially getting access to your archive of old messages. And it’s actually possible, if you’re willing to put in a little effort, to get that and some other extra features without paying. This way:
Get Unlimited Slack Message History for Free
The free version of Slack only lets users scroll through or search for messages from the last 90 days—can’t find anything out of date. However, those messages haven’t expired—they’ll all be visible if you start paying.
And there is another drawback. Slack allows administrators export all data, which contains the complete backlog of all messages. just head to Settings and Administration , workspace settings Slack’s menu. Settings will open in your browser—there is a import/export data button in the upper-right corner. Click on that and you can choose a date range and export all messages. Note that free users cannot export direct messages (DMs) or private channels—only public channels. The actual archives come in a zip file full of JSON files, which aren’t the easiest thing in the world to read. Still, it’s all there.
A free tool called . is called sluggish export viewer You can help by converting those files and loading them into your web browser, along with a Slack-style sidebar for browsing channels. It works—I tested it—but you have to be comfortable with the command line to set it up. there is another option JSON Translator, which can convert your ZIP file into an easy to read CSV file that you can download and open using Excel or Google Sheets. (CSV files contain comma-separated data records—hence the name.)
If you want a public archive, see Slack Saver, You can upload an exported zip file from Slack and when the conversion is done, share a link to the entire archive with your entire community. You’ll have to update it periodically to include recent posts, but it works. With web-based services just keep in mind that you’re uploading a whole collection of conversations that people might have considered semi-private. Make sure your community is okay with this before proceeding.
Get Slack Huddles for Free
Slack’s Huddle feature differs from audio calls because there’s no bell ringing—you can just turn on Huddle for any channel and people can show up if they want. There’s no video, just audio and screen sharing, making them perfect for quick instant conversations.
But Slack’s huddles aren’t the only tool for the job. you can make a room in gatherWhich one? Makes virtual parties really fun Using pixel avatars that can move towards and away from each other. It’s perfect for the kind of drop-in/drop-out conversations that make Huddles so great. You can also link to a meeting room about your Slack channels.
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