Publishing Your Mod
Publishing your mod allows everyone else to download and enjoy what you have created. There are many places throughout the internet where you can upload your mods, but the Skyrim Nexus and the Steam Workshop are the two most popular ones out there. Many modders upload to both sites, and some only upload to one. My personal preference is the Skyrim Nexus, but both are good platforms for distributing your mod. Before uploading your mod to either of these sites make sure you have taken good pictures of your mod for potential users. A tip for taking pictures without the HUD is to type "tm" (toggle menu) in the console.
The first step in uploading your mod to the Skyrim Nexus is to package your mods in a zip file. If your mod contains any files besides the .esp, it is good practice to put them in an archive file instead of leaving them as loose files. Check out the Data Files page for information on creating an archive. Follow these steps to package your mod into a zip file.
- Create a new folder on your desktop named "Data".
- Copy the .esp file for you mod into that folder. Also copy the .bsa and .bsl files if your mod has an archive file.
- Right click on the "Data" folder you just created and select "Send to-Compressed (zipped) folder".
- The data folder will be sent to a zip file on your desktop; rename the zip file to your mod's name.
- You must first have a Nexus account, if you don't have one, you can make one here.
- Click on your account in the upper right-hand corner, and go to the user "User area".
- In the user area, select "Manage your files".
- In the upper right-hand corner of the screen select "New File" and follow the on screen directions for uploading your mod.
Publishing your mod to the Steam Workshop can be done directly from the Creation Kit. First you need to load up your mod in Creation Kit, then follow these steps to publish your mod.
- In Creation Kit, go to File-Upload Plugin and Archive to Steam.
- the add/remove files window will show up, select "Pack Files".
- A new window will show up, asking for information about your mod. After filling it out click "Upload".