How to Build a Website Chatbot with Dialogflow in 5 minutes
In this article we'll show you how to build your first Dialogflow chatbot for your website in under 5 minutes. You can deploy your chatbot immediately to your website and get started with using natural language processing to answer your website visitor questions. You can use this chatbot in conjunction with human agents in the same live chat widget to power your company's customer service.
Here's an example website chatbot built with Dialogflow and Social Intents:
Our chatbots require no coding and are simple to set up.
Here's a step by step guide to creating your first chatbot with Dialogflow and Social Intents
High Level Steps
In this tutorial we're going to walk through the steps of adding chatbot functionality to your live chat that you can deploy on your website today. Here are the steps:
- Create a Live Chat app in Social Intents
- Create a Dialogflow Agent
- Add your Dialogflow integration to your Social Intents account.
1. Create a Live Chat widget in Social Intents
If you don't already have an account with Social Intents, you can register for a 2 week free trial here.
After creating your Social Intents account and adding a live chat widget, we'll generate a code snippet for you. You can copy and paste this code snippet into your website in order to enable your chatbot on your own site.
2. Create your Dialogflow Agent
In this tutorial we'll create a test Agent that you'll integrate with Social Intents.
Now, head over to https://www.dialogflow.com and select the Dialogflow ES link to create your Agent.
Now open the Dialogflow ES console by clicking the 'Go to the Dialogflow ES Console' button:
Create an Agent in Dialogflow
If you haven't already created an Agent, select the Create Agent button as in the screen below.
Your new agent will have 2 default Intents. These will be enough to get started and respond with generic welcome messages. As you get more familiar with Dialogflow, you can create multiple Intents and Contexts to answer questions, gather answer data, and respond with Cards, Images, and Buttons.
Set up Dialogflow Authentication for API access
Next, set up your authentication details and generate a Dialogflow Service Account Key that you'll use to integrate with your chat widget in Social Intents.
If you click on the Settings Gear icon next to your agent name, you'll see the screen below. Click on the link to your Project ID highlighted below.
Then click on 'Go to project settings':
Select 'Create Service Account':
Now, name your service account and select 'Create':
Under Step 2, assign a role of Dialogflow --> Dialogflow API Client to your service account:
Click 'Continue', then click 'Done'
At this point, you should see an item similar to the following under your Service Accounts liar. Notice you haven't created any keys yet:
The final step here is to create your JSON Key. Click on your new service account, then select ADD KEY to generate your Private Key JSON file that will be used for our integration:
Choose JSON as your Key type and click Create. This will download your private key to your computer.
Whew, all set! You'll now upload this private key to your chat widget Chatbot page to enable our Social Intents integration with Dialogflow.
3. Add your Dialogflow Key to Social Intents
Now that you have create a Live Chat app and your new Dialogflow agent and key file, connect your Social Intents account to Dialogflow by logging into Social Intents, selecting My Apps from the left navigation bar, then Edit Settings on your Live Chat widget.
From the chat settings page, select the Chat Bots tab at the top of the page.
Select the Chatbot name that visitors will see when your chatbot responds, select the language you've used in creating your Agent in Dialogflow, and choose your Chatbot type.
Lastly, upload the .JSON Key file that you downloaded in the previous step by Choosing the File and clicking the 'Upload Dialogflow Private Key' button. This tells our app how to connect to the Dialogflow agent for answering your visitor questions in your chatbot.
4. That's it! Want your chatbot to respond with Images, Button Lists, and Cards?
Great! Take a look at our article on Dialogflow Rich Responses to set these up with no coding!