Website Chat Widget
Connect SmartChat Platform to a Website Chat Widget.
Website chat widgets allow people to directly contact you via live chat, all from within your website.
Creating a Chat Widget
To add a new channel to an existing Space, navigate to Settings and select the blue "Add Channel" button under Channel Settings.
Under the Channel Connection menu, select Web Chat
and press the "Next" button. You will then be prompted to create and customize your Chat Widget.
Enter a suitable name for the new channel. Note that the Channel Name is private and will only be used within the SmartChat Platform.
You may enter an optional Greeting Message. This will be shown when a new member of your audience first contacts you.
Select a color of your choice for your Website Chat Widget using the interactive color picker.
Under the Website URL field, enter the URL of the website that you wish to install the widget to. You can enter multiple URLs if you plan on installing the plugin to multiple websites.
To further customize your Website Chat Widget, you can click on the blue "Advanced Settings".
The Title field will be displayed across the top bar of the Website Chat Widget. By default, it will display "Chat with us".
The Tagline field will be displayed under the name of your Space. By default it will say "We are here to talk, so ask us anything!"
The Input Placeholder field will be shown in gray in the message bar as a placeholder. By default it will say "Type a message..."
In the Launcher Icon field, you can change what icon will be displayed in the circular chat button.
For the Request Name and Email checkbox, you can disable asking for information before a user can start chatting with you. Pressing the chat button will instead take them directly to a dialog where they can message you.
If the Request Name and Email option is enabled, you can change the labeling for the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address fields that the user will fill out. You can also change the text displayed on the form submit button. By default, the text on the button will be "Get Started".
Once you are done customizing your widget, go ahead and press the blue "Next" button at the bottom.
Installing the Chat Widget
Once you have created your widget, a script for the plugin will be generated by the SmartChat Platform.
You will have to copy and paste the code just before the end of the <body> section on the backend of your website.
Depending on what system you use to create and manage your website, we have created step by step guides to walk you through installing a Chat Widget onto your website.