Pre-chat window is the very first screen your visitors see when they click on the Live Support button on your website.
Default appearance of the pre-chat window on Classic Chat Messenger
Pre-chat form in Modern Chat Messenger
2. Start Chat Form Header Text is displayed on the pre-chat window only.
3. All information entered to the pre-chat window fields will be displayed in the Room Details tab in the stand-alone Operator Console or in visitor information in the web-based Operator Console. This information will also be attached to the chat transcript as Visitor Details section.
Pre-chat form cannot be dismissed, this is the basic design of the system. But if you wish to skip it, you can delete all fields from it so the visitor will need to click "Start Chat" button only. However we recommend you to leave at least Your Name field intact. Otherwise all your visitors will be displayed as Guest when calling to the chat. You can also define default name for your visitor instead of Guest. You can do this on the Account Settings / Visitor Live Chat Messenger page.
Customization of the pre-chat window
The pre-chat window can be customized from the account Control Panel.
1.Header background image can be changed on the Account Settings / Images page. For modern chat messenger this option will be hidden in the account Control Panel settings.
2.Start Chat Form Header Text can be changed on the Account Settings / System Messages page.
3.Pre-chat window fields can be changed on the Account Settings / Start Chat Form Fields page.
Start Chat Form Fields page
Add / edit / delete / reorder pre-chat window fields
To add a new field, please do the following:
1.Click "Add New Field" link in the top left corner of the Existing Fields table
2.Enter a new field title in the "Field Title" field on the "New Field" form. Field titles support HTML formatting. E.g. <b> Your Name </b>
3.Choose the field type in the "Field Type" field on the "New Field" form
4.Define the field width either in pixels or percent of available space
5.Choose the field input area position either next to the field title or below it
6.Check the "Make this field required" option if you wish the field to be required on the "New Field" form
7.Press "Create" button
Creating new field on pre-chat window for classic chat messenger
Modern chat messenger does not support fields resizing option. If you use modern chat messenger, you will get the following interface for creating a new pre-chat form field:
Creating a new field on pre-chat form for modern chat window
1.Adding field title. HTML formatting for text is supported. You can make this field bold, or change text color, for example
2.Field type. You can choose the type for your field. Field properties are the same as for classic chat messenger
3.If necessary you can make this field required for filling out
4.Press 'Create' button to save changes and add a new field.
To edit an existing field, please do the following:
1.Click "Edit" icon (pencil) next to the field description
2.Change all needed field's properties on the "Update Field" form
3.Press "Save" button
To delete an existing field, please do the following:
1.Click "Delete" icon (red cross) next to the field description
2.Confirm field deleting on the "Delete Input Field" form
Field deleting confirmation
To reorder fields on the pre-chat window, please use the "Move this field up" and "Move this field down" (up and down arrows icons) links next to the field description. You can also move them with help of drag and drop functionality.
Field Title property is a text which will be displayed as a field caption. It supports HTML formatting.
Field Type property determines type, purpose and appearance of the field input area. You can choose a field type from the predefined list.
You can use one of the following special field types:
•Name - information from this field will be used instead of the VISITOR variable in all System Messages.
Note! The visitor name will be displayed as "Guest" if this field is not filled or if you remove the field of such a type completely. Only one field of Name type can be added to the Start Chat Form.
•Message - the content of this field will be displayed as the first visitor message in the operator console. Only one field of Message type can be added to the Start Chat Form.
•Select Preferred Operator - this field allows the visitor to choose the operator from the available operators list. The list can be either drop down or the bullets list. Only one field of this type can be added to the Start Chat Form.
•Select Preferred Department - this field allows the visitor to choose the department from the available departments list. The list can be either drop down or the bullets list. Only one field of this type can be added to the Start Chat Form.
•Select Country - this field allows the visitor to choose the country from the predefined list
•Select State - this field allows the visitor to choose the USA state from the predefined list
•Email Address - this field allows requesting an email address from the visitor. Data entered to this field will be validated to fit email address requirements
•Captcha - this field allows adding a Captcha to the Start Chat Form. Captcha field is required by default
•Selector (user defined dropdown list) - this type of field allows creating custom drop down lists and add them to the pre-chat form
There are also 2 common field types:
•Text - the visitor will be able to enter some short text here. This feature is not available for modern chat messenger
•Text Area - the visitor will be able to enter some long text here. This feature is not available for modern chat messenger
Width property defines the field input area width. The width can be defined either in pixels on in percent of available space. This feature is not available for modern chat messenger
Height property defines the field input area height. This property is available for Text Area and Message field types only. This feature is not available for modern chat messenger
Field Layout property defines if the field input area should be displayed in the same line with the field title or below it. Two-line layout allows to create the field of the biggest possible width
Make this field required property determines if the field will be required or optional to fill in
Example of adding new required "Your Email" filed to the pre-chat window
How to use Captcha field
Captcha field is required by default and has several levels of complexity. It can be added to the pre-chat form to prevent bots from abusing the chat messenger:
1.'Field title' - here you'd need to enter the title for your Captcha field.
2.'Field type' - in this case 'Captcha' field type should be chosen.
3.'Strength' - this setting allows choosing the complexity level for your Captcha. You can strengthen your Captcha by choosing various combinations of complexity and configuration.
•'Easy' - on the above screenshot you can find an example of 5-digit easy Captcha.
•'Medium' - this is an example of the medium complexity Captcha with digits.
•'High' - this is an example of the high complexity Captcha with digits.
4.'Configuration' - this setting allows choosing what kind of characters will be used in Captcha.
•'Use digits' - In this case only digits will be used to form Captcha. You can find some examples on the above screenshots.
•'Use Latin characters' - In this case Latin characters will be used when creating Captcha. Below is an example of high complex Captcha with digits and Latin characters:
•'Use special characters' - Special characters will be used when creating Captcha. Below is an example of high complex Captcha with digits, Latin characters and special characters:
5.This is an example of Captcha. Here you can see how the Captcha will look on the pre-chat form. This example can be refreshed.
6.'Field Layout' - here you can choose the position of the Captcha field - next to the field title or below it.
How to use Selector field
This type of field allows creating custom dropdown lists. The information from this field will appear in Room Details tab of the operator console and after the chat has been completed will be passed to the Visitor Details section of chat transcript.
1.Add your field title here
2.Select "Selector (user defined dropdown list)" field type
3.Enter your custom values. Each value should be entered from a new line
4.Check "Make this field required" box if you would like this field to be required