With the help of this extension, you can integrate the Live Chat system into your Webkul Marketplace. Magento 2 Marketplace Buyer Seller Chat allows customers to receive instant replies from the sellers. Each seller can do instant messaging with multiple customers at once. All the chat conversations are stored in the chat history section.
Please Note – To use Magento 2 Marketplace Buyer Seller Chat, you must have Webkul Magento 2 Multi-Vendor Marketplace extension installed.
Watch the below video tutorial to understand the extension workflow:
- Socket.IO and KnockoutJS based real-time chat system.
- Admin can stop or start the chat server from the back-end.
- Set marketplace chat system name to display on the storefront.
- The seller can send and receive chat messages from multiple buyers.
- The seller can block a customer from sending any new chat messages.
- Admin can see the blocked customers list.
- Upload a custom image file for the chat profile picture.
- Attach file attachments in the messages.
- Admin can set file size limit for attachments.
- Seller and buyer can change their chat status to online, busy, or offline.
- Supports emojis 🙂 😛
- Browser push notifications for new messages.
- Enable or disable chat sound alerts.
- View chat message timestamp with the date.
- Customers can do instant login and sign-up from the chat window.
- Seller and customers can view their chat conversation history.
- Admin can also view chat history.
- Buyer-Seller Chat works with mobile devices.
- Module source code is 100% open for customization.
To install this extension, please follow every step carefully as follows:
After extracting the downloaded zip file and you will get the src folder. Inside the src folder, you will find the app folder, copy the app folder to the Magento 2 root directory. Please view the below screenshot.
After the successful installation, of the buyer-seller live chat module you, have to run these commands in the Magento2 root directory.
php bin/magento setup:upgrade
php bin/magento setup:di:compile
php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy
#Please make sure Node is already installed on your server.
Run the following commands from the root directory of your Magento to install socket.io on your server.
npm install socket.io
After running the commands, you need to flush the cache and reindex all from the Magento2 admin panel. Navigate through System>Cache Management. Click the Flush Magento Cache button as shown below:
After the installation of the buyer-seller live chat module, the admin will navigate to Stores>Configuration>Webkul>Buyer Seller Chat. The following options will appear:
Host Name – Enter the hostname of your online store. eg. http://example.com/
Port Number – Enter any available port number for the chat system.
Start/Stop Server – To enable Buyer-Seller Chat, click the Start Server button. For disabling the Buyer-Seller Chat, please click Stop Server.
Chat Name – Set the storefront name for the Buyer-Seller Chat.
Maximum Allowed Size for File Attachment – The admin needs to mention a file size limit (in MB.) for sending attachments in the chat messages.
HTTPS Enabled – If your website is using HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), please select Yes. If not, then please choose the No option. When the Yes option is selected, you need to provide the following server files.
Once the Live Chat module has been configured, the chat window will appear on all product pages of a seller.
Login/Sign Up via Chat Window
If a customer is not logged into the store, the customer can do the login from the chat window also.
If a customer does not have an account in the store, that customer can create an account from the chat window. A customer just needs to enter a First Name, Last Name, Email Address, and Password.
Now, the customer can type any message and click the Start Chat button, the message will be sent to the seller if the seller is online.
Please Note – Each seller will reply for their products only, which means one seller cannot reply to another seller’s product.
Seller Not Available
Once the chat is active, the customer can start sending the messages to the seller. The customer can simply type the message and hit Enter key. Buyer Seller Chat extension supports various emojis also. 😀
Chat Window Buttons
There are two buttons on top of the chat window as follows:
… Show/hide chat controls
Mute Sound Alerts
The customer can click the gear icon for changing the chat profile picture – Profile Setting.
Upload Chat Profile Picture
Send File Attachments
Both the customers and sellers can send and receive file attachments in the chat messages.
The customer can also receive browser notifications for new chat messages. First, the customer needs to click Allow for showing the notifications from the online store. Please refer to the below image.
After logging into the seller account, the seller will find the chat icon on the right-hand side of the page.
Seller Chat Panel
After clicking the chat tab, the seller chat panel will appear on the right. Here all the online customers who have initiated the chat with this seller will appear.
This side panel will be active and available on all the pages of the store for the sellers. The seller can even search for customers on the search bar. The seller can also chat with multiple customers in one instance.
When any customer sends a new message to the seller, the seller will receive the browser notifications on top.
Mute Sound Alerts
Upload Chat Profile Picture
A seller can also send and receive file attachments in chat messages.
A seller can block a customer, using the block button. A blocked customer cannot send any further messages to a seller.
The admin can view the list of all the customers who have been blocked by the sellers. To do that, the admin can navigate to Marketplace Management>Block Customer List. The admin can see the seller name, customer name, customer email, and its reason for blocking.
View Chat History
The admin can also view the chat conversion history between the sellers and customers. The admin can filter out a particular customer by using the date, sender’s and receiver’s name in filters
Marketplace Chat on Mobile
I hope you have liked reading this documentation 🙂 In case you need any further information or require customization, then please send an email to [email protected]
Current Product Version - 5.0.0
Supported Framework Version - Magento 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x,2.3.x, 2.4.x