Do you like my idea for a board game rules chatbot? OpenAI did, so they turned it into a custom bot and now you can create a custom GPT model of your own, share them with others, and later this month, even start selling them to people. Can. You can bring over APIs and plugins, web access, and the latest training data until April 2023.
Here’s how to create your own custom GPT chatbot.
You will need a GPT-Plus subscription to use the new Custom GPT feature, so be sure to sign up (or borrow a free trial from someone) if you want to try it out.
Create a custom GPT
From now on, most of the time you use ChatGPT, you will use a custom GPT model that you or someone else has created. Here’s how to start your own.
step 1: Visit the ChatGPT website, or open the ChatGPT app and log in.
step 2: Choose create a gpt button at the top of the page.
Note: If you only see the standard ChatGPT window that you are accustomed to, it’s possible that you don’t have access to the Custom GPT feature yet. At the time of writing it is being launched globally, so just wait a day or two and try again.
step 3: Give your custom GPT a name, a description, and its custom instructions. Think of it like instructions that you’ve been able to give to ChatGPT for some time as a preamble to your prompt, but a preamble that only this custom GPT will use.
Use the preview window on the right to see how the AI will look and perform. You can give it prompts to see how it performs, and then adjust its instructions on the left to change the way it works until you’re happy with it.
step 4: You can also add data specific to the AI, such as documents and files. Do that, and then decide again how this affects the way the AI operates. You may want to adjust the instructions after giving it data access.
Step 5: You can also change the possible actions of the AI. Choose whether you want it to have DALL-E art generation capabilities, Bing search engine access, or in-depth data analytics. You can also customize which plugins it has access to, if any.
Step 6: When you are satisfied with the way your new custom GPT is operating, select green To publish Or Updates button to finalize it. You will then be able to find your new custom GPT in the left hand menu along with OpenAI GPT and any other creations of yours.
How to share your custom GPT
One of the best features of the new, custom GPT creations is that you can share them with anyone. In the future, when OpenAI custom GPT shops are created, you will also be able to monetize these AIs.
step 1: Create a new custom GPT as described above, or select the three-dot menu next to your existing custom GPT and select the edit function.
step 2: Make any changes you want to your custom GPT, but instead of selecting the green Updates button directly, first select the three-dot menu icon next to it.
step 3: From the pop-out menu, choose whether you want the AI to be usable only for you, for all people using plugins, or for anyone with the link.
To share it with anyone you want, select anyone who has the link
step 4: Once you publish or update a custom GPT, you can now share it with anyone by sharing a custom link.
Why can’t I create a custom GPT?
If you find that your ChatGPT page looks like the screenshot above, you’re in luck. You can’t create a custom GPT now because you don’t have access to it in the future.
However, as long as you have a ChatGPT Plus subscription, you will get access in the near future. Just wait a few more days and you will be able to start creating your own models.
Now you can create your own custom GPT. Tell us about some of your favorite creations, we’d love to feature them.
Keep an eye on that OpenAI GPT shop too. Building functional chatbots is potentially a lucrative new career for all those who want them.