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Set up a workspace

Starter workspaces

Here are the steps to create a free Starter workspace from the create your workspace page:

  1. For your avatar, click randomize to select from the choice of colored circles, or click Upload new to upload a custom image.

  2. Enter the Display name for your workspace.

  3. Enter the Workspace URL (this will go to your workspace's home page, which displays notebooks, collections, and more).

The Create your workspace dialog, showing options to set the avatar, choose a display name, and a URL for the workspace.
Choose an Avatar, enter the Display name and URL for your workspace.
  1. Invite workspace members by entering one or more email addresses or a single Observable username.
The Invite workspace members dialog, with an input field for the email and a drop-down for the role.
Enter the username or email address of each person to be invited to your team.
  1. Select a role for each workspace member.

    • Viewers can see notebooks, but not edit them.
      • Guest Viewers can only view explicitly shared notebooks in a workspace.
    • Editors can edit all notebooks in a workspace.
    • Guest Editors can only edit explicitly shared notebooks in a workspace.
    • Owners have all privileges of editors, and also are co-administrators of the team. Owners can add or remove workspace members or change their roles. They are also the only ones who can permanently delete notebooks by emptying the trash.
  2. Click Free to choose a free workspace.

  3. Click Continue.

Your workspace is created and you are taken to the Settings page for your workspace.

Pro workspaces

If your workspace requires more users than included in the Starter tier (see our Pricing page), create a Pro workspace. Here are the steps to do that from the create your workspace page.

  1. As with the free workspace, select an Avatar and enter the Workspace name.

  2. Enter the Workspace URL (this will go to your workspace's home page, which displays notebooks, collections, and more).

  3. Invite workspace members by entering each email address or Observable username.

The Invite workspace members dialog, with an input field for the email and a drop-down for the role.
Enter the username or email address of each person to be invited to your team.
  1. Select a role for the workspace member.

    • Viewers can see notebooks, but not edit them.
      • Guest Viewers can only view explicitly shared notebooks in a workspace.
    • Editors can edit all notebooks in a workspace.
    • Guest Editors can only edit those explicitly shared.
    • Owners are editors and co-administrators of the workspace and can add or remove workspace members or change their roles. They are also the only ones who can permanently delete notebooks by emptying the trash.

    Viewers are free; you are charged for the number of editors and owners.

  2. Click Pro to choose the private workspace.

  3. For Billing cycle, choose to pay yearly (discounted) or monthly. Pick monthly billing if your team size will fluctuate throughout the year. Pick yearly billing if you’d prefer a fixed budget.

  4. For Set up billing later or Continue to billing:

    • To try out Observable using the free trial, click Set up billing later. Your workspace is created immediately, and you are taken to the Settings page for your workspace. Note: each workspace is eligible for only one free trial.

    • To take care of billing details now, click Continue to billing. You are taken to the Enter payment details page to enter your payment method. By default, you are signed up for a 30-day free trial.

    • We use Stripe for payment processing and accept credit cards and Apple Pay currently.

  • Click Start trial. Your workspace is created and you are taken to the Settings page for your workspace.

Note

All charges are in USD ($).

On your workspace settings page, you can configure your workspace's profile picture and various other configurations as described in Settings and, most importantly, you will be able to invite additional workspace members.

When inviting workspace members, you can specify whether you want them to be workspace owners, editors, guest editors, viewers or guest viewers. Owners are editors with workspace admin privileges, and are charged the same as editors. Viewers are free! Note that we do not add a person to a workspace until the invitation has been accepted.

Enterprise workspaces

The process for creating an Enterprise workspace is identical to creating a Pro workspace. Once you've set up your workspace, contact the support team at enterprise-support@observablehq.com to get started with Enterprise. See our Pricing page for a list of differences between Enterprise and Pro workspaces.