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How To Add Live Chat To Your WordPress Site

How To Add Live Chat

In this week's tutorial series, we'll be discussing Live Chats. Online live chatting has been growing in popularity for many website owners. Perhaps a customer visits your site for something specific or maybe they're just browsing. Whatever the reason, you don't want to lose the opportunity to close a sale. Live chat can help you achieve just that by enhancing their shopping experience. Add a live chat feature to your WordPress site in the most easy and affordable way today.

There are quite a few live chat services available, but for this tutorial we'll be using the LiveChat Plugin. It can be hard to find because of the name's popularity so we provided a link to make it easier to find.

Installing LiveChat

Right off the bat you'll need to install this plugin, which you can achieve via the WordPress admin panel. Once the plugin is installed and activated, you will be able to see the LiveChat menu option in the WordPress admin panel. This will allow you to begin the setup.

In the LiveChat settings, you can select the option to sign up for a new account (or sign in to an account you already have, if that's the case).

Note: When you sign in, the chat will be active, so please keep that in mind.

Live chat setup screen

LiveChat can be added to any kind of site using code the creators provide. However, since we are using their plugin, we do not have to add that code here.

Now, we need to edit the web application. Click the 'Open Web Application' button, which will open the settings in a new page of your browser.

Live chat Application screen

This page is a setup wizard, so you can make a few changes to the LiveChat or skip them.

The first step will have you install the LiveChat with a plugin or a code but we are already using the plugin, so you can click 'Install LiveChat' and go through the wizard or click the 'Go To Application Link'.

Going Through The Wizard

In the wizard, you can add agents. This would be your support staff who'll be answering the inquiries of your customers.

Agent setting in the wizard

Then you will be able to customize the LiveChat's theme colour and language settings.

Customization setting in the wizard

When you are done with the wizard, you should see the completion page which will let you download the desktop application. However if you select 'Maybe Later' you will be carried to the web application.

Wizard Completion

Web Application

In the web application, you will find the following options on the lefthand menu tab: Chats, Customers, Archives, Tickets, Agents, and Reports. These menu options are standard for most chat services, so they should suffice for your online chat needs. Let's breakdown the menu options:


  • The 'Chats' option allows you to interact with the chats initiated by users on your website so you can reply to them.

  • Chat Settings

  • The 'Customer' option allows you to view the information for those customers who have decided to initiate a chat. This information can be very useful for making decisions that will benefit your website and allow for product enhancements for the future.

  • Customer Settings

  • The 'Archives' option simply documents all of the chats that have taken place on the website.

  • Archives Settings

  • The 'Tickets' option is a support ticketing system where you can answer emails sent to your support email. You can setup the support email by clicking 'Set Up Email Forwarding' which will carry you to the email settings. Then, simply add the support email address you'd like to use.

  • Tickets Settings

  • The 'Reports' option provides the ability for a user to view a summary of the chats and tickets serviced using LiveChat.

  • Report View

And with that, you have just installed and set up a live chat service onto your website. Now you can assist your customers better and faster than ever before, and you can also use the analytics of your chats to make more informed decisions.

If you've tried LiveChat and are looking for other WordPress chat plugin options, we've found an interesting article reviewing 5 of the best ones.

We hope you all enjoyed this segment of our basic How-To tutorials. We're looking to add a few more highly requested ones in the coming weeks, so let us know which tutorial you're most looking forward to! And as always, enjoy.

4 Comments

  1. Shah Ahmad Yusof
    Nov 26, 2018 @ 04:16

    Great tutorial. Thank you!

    Reply

  2. Emily Jones
    Dec 02, 2018 @ 15:35

    Hey. Does it have mobile application? I mean can I answer chats from mobile application. Specifically iOS.
    Secondly, is this free?
    Last but not least, does it slows down the website? because the last live chat widget I used was slowing down my word press site.

    Thanks
    Emy.

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    • Cecilia @ Themify
      Dec 04, 2018 @ 01:40

      Hi Emily,
      Yes, LiveChat works well on mobile and alerts can be sent directly to your mobile screen. LiveChat offers free signup for a 30 day trial. For your last question, we would highly recommend asking the plugin developer directly to get the most accurate answer.

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