How to Deploy Watson Assistant Chatbots to WordPress

Deploy Watson Assistant Chatbots to WordPress

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Chatbots are considered to be in the realm of what only programmers can create, out of reach of business users who would otherwise have a need for them.

Thankfully, IBM provides the Watson Conversation service on their IBM Cloud platform which, combined with our WordPress plugin, solves that.

We are providing you with most probably the easiest way to deploy the Chatbot you create with IBM Watson Conversation to WordPress sites.

WATSON CONVERSATION DEFINED

Watson Conversation is IBM’s chatbot service. Chatbot creators are allowed to build their chatbot with Its intuitive interface and have it ready to deploy in a short time. You can sign up for a free IBM Cloud Lite account to get started.

In this article, we will not cover the building of a Chatbot but we are going to guide you through the process of deploying Watson Assistant Chatbots to WordPress and it doesn’t require any coding expertise.

Let’s start:

ADDING A CHATBOT TO YOUR WEBSITE

This is where you can save your time and money using the Watson Conversation WordPress plugin. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to deploy your chatbot to your website if you have a website built using WordPress. And the interesting thing is you don’t have to use any code at all. (as opposed to having to build your own application just to deploy a chatbot on the web.)

You can install this Plugin like any other WordPress plugin from your Admin page, that is, the first page you see after signing in.

Just search for Watson Conversation in the “Add New” section of the Plugins page and click “Install Now”.

Now you can find a page for “Watson” in your Settings. Here, all the settings and customization are available to do with the plugin. After Opening it for the first time, you will see several tabs along the top.

Now, the only thing you have to think about is the “Main Setup”.

You can find the credentials for the three required fields on the Deploy page of your Watson Conversation workspace.

Now just click save changes and you’re done. Browse your website and see your chatbot in action!
If the appearance is not quite satisfactory to you, you can change it. Its customizable in the “Appearance” tab of the settings page.
You can choose the pages to display the chat box as well from the “Behaviour” tab. However, that’s not all, you can do a lot of things through customizing the settings.

If you want the user to have clear options, creating predefined responses to the chatbot messages is available for the users to select. The users can be connected to your phone line through the VOIP feature over the internet from directly within the plugin.

In this brief article, we focused on how to deploy Watson Conversation chatbots to WordPress. Stay tuned for future articles.

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6 Comments
  1. reader87 says

    Hello, I have some questions. Can you help me?

    1. Fluent Themes says

      Thnks for writing Reader87.
      Feel free to ask any question.
      We’re always here to help you.

  2. Richard Collier says

    Hi i wanted to know if there was a way to integrate mySQL for this plug in?

    1. Fluent Themes says

      The conversation service itself won’t link to your database. Instead, you will need to create an application that calls both the conversation service and your cloud database.

  3. John says

    I do not have a username and password but an API key and when I deploy with this method, the plugin works but keeps freezing after a period of inactivity.
    Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
    John

    1. Fluent Themes says

      Hi, this appears to likely be an issue with some change in configuration of your website or server. Can you remember any particular changes you made to your website before the plugin stopped working?

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