Creating a chatbot with Botpress is very straight forward and can be done by technical and non-technical people. It only take a few steps and you're ready to go.
You can build chatbots to:
- book an event;
- order something;
- welcome your users;
- deflect support cases;
- anything you have in mind.
You need to:
- install Botpress;
- register your email address;
- have the right permissions.
Creating a Bot
Now that you have everything you need, let's start with creating a new bot.
- Open Botpress.
- Log in to Botpress.
The landing page shows all your Bots. If you just created the account, there is nothing on the page.
- At the top right of the page, click Create Bot. Then, click New Bot.
- The Create a new bot window appears.
- Under Bot Name, type the desired name for your bot. It enters the same name in the Bot Id box.
You can change it anytime. Your users can see it.
- Under Bot Id, type the desired ID for your bot, if different than your Bot Name. The length has to be between 3 and 50 characters, without special characters.
The Bot Id can't be modified. Your users can see it in the URL bar.
- Under Bot Template, you can select the bot you want to create:
- Welcome Bot: a chatbot that helps you start your Botpress journey.
- Small Talk: a chatbotbot that is essentially made of Q&As.
- Empty Bot: a brand-new chatbot that you start from scratch.
- Learn Botpress Basics: a complete chatbot that you can create while following these instructions or analyze the content.
- Weather Bot: a chatbot that gives you the current weather in a given city. Follow these instructions to make it work.
- Click Create Bot.
- Now that your bot is created, you will be redirected to the Bots page.
- Click the name of your bot, and be creative!
In your Bots page, next to the name of your bot, you have three buttons that you can click:
Clicking this button redirects you to the Bot Configuration page, where you have three tabs:
The General page is where you can change:
- the name of your bot;
- the status: published (visible to everyone), collaborators only (only visible to collaborators), unmounted (not visible to anyone);
- the description of your bot;
- the default language: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish;
- the supported languages (see default languages).
The Additional Details page shows all the details about the owner of the bot:
- phone number;
- contact e-mail;
- link to terms and conditions;
Avatar & Cover Picture
The Avatar & Cover Picture page is where you can change:
- your bot avatar;
- your cover picture.
Clicking the Open Chat button redirects you to the chatbot. It's what your users see when they chat with your bot, with your customizations.
Others (the three lines)
Clicking this button opens a menu where you can choose between:
The Apps menu gives you three options:
Edit in Studio
The Edit in Studio buttons redirects you to the Conversation Studio.
Copy Link to Clipboard
The Copy Link to Clipboard button copies the URL of your chatbot so you can paste it somewhere.
The View Logs buttons redirects you to the Logs tab in the Conversation Studio.
The Create Revision button allows you to save a copy of your chatbot at a precise time. This allows you to test whatever you want and rollback to the last revision version, if needed.
You must have revisions if you want to use the Rollback option.
The Rollback button allows you to go back to an older version that you saved with the Create Revision button. When clicking it, a new windows appears where you can select the revision you want. You must check the box before clicking Rollback.
This overwrites all the work you have done after saving your revision.
The Export button allows you to export a
.tgz file and save it on your computer so you can import it later.
The Delete button deletes your bot forever. A message will appear so you can be sure you want to delete the selected bot.
Deleting a bot can't be undone.