These settings allow to have custom interface for starting chat. Also allows to have custom fields defined directly in back office without any scripting.
Start chat settings has two options
- Either you use default settings for all departments.
- Either you defined start chat settings by department. For start chat settings take effect you have to pass department explicitly.
- If you pass more than one department widget fields will automatically represent selected department options
I also recommend to a see few youtube videos regarding possible options
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFJAW5bepLM [Part 1]
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj4Tu_zoYaE [Part 2]
This is the main window of start chat form settings page.
Enable leave a message functionality automatically if there are no online operators
Please refer to offline messaging
Open popup on mobile devices using mobile layout.
You can force mobile devices to open popup instead of same page widget.
Auto start chat if there is no required fields. Usefull in case bot handles chat.
Usefull if you want to start chat as soon visitor opens a widget. You should not have any of required fields just.
Do not process internal pages and use redirects.
Not used in new widget anymore. Effects only old widget.
Disable start chat URL
If you do not want to allow visitors start chat directly by typing
lhc_web/index.php url you can check this checkbox. It will disable this form.
Another way to disable this is just edit
settings.ini.php file and change
'default_url' =>array ('module' => 'chat', // change to 'user''view' => 'start', // change to 'login'),
Define custom fields for online mode
You can have custom fields then department is online.
Offline form settings
Define fields visible then department is offline.
Additional form settings
Show operator profile above input fields
User will see something like this.
If you define theme you can change logo and message text of this operator profile. Because chat has not started yet don't have operator profile to show.
Remove space after operator profile
Used only in old widget.
Hide message label
Usually there is Question label above user message area. With this option we can hide it.
With message label
Without message label
Show messages box above input fields, usefull for UX combinations.
If you have only message label required and have checked this you should see UI like
Hide start chat button. Usefull if in the theme you choose bot and trigger with a buttons.
If your start chat form does not require any fields by default you will see only one bottom
Start a chat with us!. You can hide this button also by checking this option.
Lazy load widget content. Widget content will be loaded only if visitor clicks a status icon.
By default we load widget content before visitor even clicks a status icon. This way we avoid any delay before showing any widget content, but it also increases payload for the website. You can minimize payload for the website and accept a small delay before widget content is shown by checking this option.
Initial user message height in pixels
Used only in old widget.
Sometimes there is requirement once department is prefilled user should not be able easily change this. So this section can help with that.
If you check
User can not change passed department. and you use popup window you have to check in embed code generation
Hash arguments. Visitor will not be able to change passed arguments. If user will try to change department ID he will get an error.
You can define custom fields directly from back office. See video https://youtu.be/huUlx55velk?t=88
You can prefill custom fields also.
Here you can define if you pass get arguments directly in chat start page we can read them and store them.
This feature is not supported yet in new widget. I would suggest just use custom variables.
You can have custom HTML to show before start chat fields. Usefull for UI variations. Similar thing can be done with themes although.
Required permission to manage start chat form settings
See youtube video for more combinations