Chatling is a no-code platform that allows businesses to build conversational AI chatbots with ease and speed. Whether you’re looking to automate customer support, generate leads, or provide information, Chatling can help you create a chatbot that meets your needs.

This is your guide to getting started with Chatling. Here, you’ll learn how to create your first chatbot, build its flow, and deploy it to your website in no time.

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What we’ll be covering:

  1. Create a chatbot
  2. Building your chatbot
  3. Populating the knowledge base
  4. Customize the widget
  5. Deploy your chatbot

1. Create a chatbot

After you sign up and verify your email, the first step is to create your chatbot.

  1. From the dashboard, click on the Create chatbot button.
  1. You can choose to create a chatbot from scratch or use a template. Templates help you get started quickly with pre-built flows.
  1. Give your chatbot a name and click Create chatbot.

Congrats! You’ve created your first chatbot. Now you can start building it based on your requirements.

2. Building your chatbot

For your chatbot to be functional, you need to build its conversational flow. This can be done using the Builder.

From your chatbot’s dashboard, click on the Builder menu to open it.

Open the builder

The Builder is where you can create and manage your chatbot’s flow. It’s a visual interface that allows you to add and connect blocks to create a conversational flow.

All chatbots contain a default Start block, which is the entry point of the conversation.

Builder canvas

On the left sidebar, you’ll find the following menus:

  • Blocks: Contains all the blocks you can add to your flow. Blocks build up the conversational flow of your chatbot. You can drag and drop blocks from this menu to the canvas to add them to your flow. Adding blocks
  • Variables: These are like containers that store information during the conversation. You can use variables to personalize the conversation and make it more dynamic.
  • AI Configuration: Configure the default AI settings for your chatbot. These settings are used when the chatbot generates AI responses using the Knowledge Base.
  • Settings: Configure the general settings for your chatbot.

Connecting blocks

Once you add blocks to the canvas, you must connect them to create a flow that guides users through the conversation. Failure to do so will result in the chat ending prematurely.

Connect blocks

Configuring blocks

Each block has its own configuration settings that you can customize. To configure a block, click it and its settings will appear on the right side of the screen.

Configure block

Testing your chatbot

While you’re building the chatbot, you can test it to see how it works. This allows you to identify any issues and make improvements before publishing it.

Click the Preview bot button in the top right corner of the screen to launch the chatbot for testing.

Testing your chatbot

Your work is saved automatically as you build your chatbot. You can also save it manually by clicking the Save button in the top right side of the screen.

Saving your work

Your work is saved automatically as you build your chatbot. You can also save it manually by clicking the Save button in the top right side of the screen.

Any changes you make to the chatbot are saved as drafts until you publish them. This allows you to work on the chatbot and test it without affecting the live version.

Publish your chatbot

Once you’ve built and tested your chatbot, you can publish it to make it live. Click the Publish button in the top right corner of the screen to publish your chatbot.

Publish your chatbot

3. Populate the AI knowledge base

The Knowledge Base is where you upload information that the AI uses to generate responses to user queries. It uses this information to provide accurate and relevant responses to users.

You can add websites, documents, texts, and FAQs to the knowledge base. When a user asks a question, the AI searches the knowledge base for relevant information and generates a response based on the data it finds.

Therefore, if your chatbot contains an AI Response block and it’s “Response Source” is set to “Knowledge Base”, you need to populate the Knowledge Base with information that the AI can use to generate responses.

4. Customize the widget

You can customize the appearance of your chatbot to match your brand, such as colors, icons, and other design elements. This helps create a chatbot that fits seamlessly into your website.

To customize, click on the Appearance menu from your chatbot’s dashboard.

Chatbot appearance customization

5. Deploy your chatbot

Once you’ve built your chatbot, it’s time to deploy it to your website. Here’s how you can do it:

  • First, make sure that you’ve published your chatbot. You can publish it from the Builder page. Publish your chatbot
  • Next, click the Add to website menu from your dashboard. Publish your chatbot
  • Select the display mode for your chatbot, such as “Floating Chat”, “Inline”, or “Fullscreen”. Publish your chatbot
  • Copy the chatbot widget code.
  • Paste the code into the head or body section of your website’s HTML. If you selected the “Inline” mode, you must paste the code where you want the chatbot to appear on your website.

That’s it! Your chatbot is now live on your website, ready to engage with your visitors.