Once you've built your bots with the bot builder, you can choose between deploying your bots with the conversations widget or the self-service widget. Here is a comparison of the features that work with each widget.


FeaturesConversations widgetSelf-service widgetMessaging channels
(Facebook, WhatsApp, LINE, ABC)
Mobile SDK
API CallsSupportedSupportedSupported
Supported
ArticlesSupportedSupportedNot supportedSupported
ButtonsSupportedSupportedNot supportedSupported
CampaignsSupported
Not supported
Not applicableSupported
CarouselsSupportedSupportedNot supportedNot supported
Date and time pickerNot supported
Supported
Not applicableNot supported
DropdownsSupported
Supported
Not supported
Supported
FlowsSupported
Supported
SupportedSupported
Files and video*SupportedSupported
Not supportedNot supported
Images
Supported
Supported
Supported
Supported
Live chatSupported
Supported
Supported
Supported
RatingNot supported
Supported
Not applicableNot supported
Text fields & URL inputsSupported
Supported
Supported
Supported
TopicsSupported
Not supported
Not applicableSupported
Typical response timeSupported
Not supported
Not supportedNot supported
Typing indicatorSupported
Not supported
Not supportedNot supported
Widget actionsNot supported
Supported
Not applicableNot supported
Quick actionsSupportedSupportedNot supportedNot supported


*While using the self-service widget, an agent can respond only with an image file. The widget can receive the following file types from the end-user:


File File type
ImageJPEG, PNG
Filedocx, doc, dot, wiz, rtf, txt, pdf



Note: Features marked as not applicable are not technically supported in the respective channels. For example, the widget actions are not technically supported in messaging channels.


We shall start offering those features if they are available those channels.


We've built the self-service widget to make it easier for your customers to help themselves while sharing the necessary information with your chatbot. Some of Freshchat 's features built for facilitating conversations are unavailable with the self-service widget such as push messages, FAQs, or Topics. We've noticed that these features are used to facilitate conversations, as opposed to self-service. We've taken these features made for conversing with agents and packaged them into the Conversations widget.


When you use the conversations widget, you can offer the next level of customer service. You can lead your customer service with your bot and route the conversation to the right agent in your team to offer contextual, empathetic, and personalized responses. The conversations widget enables your customers to talk about their issues in their own words - enabling your agents to get the full context and speak human-to-human without being limited. You can make use of all the conversation-friendly features from Freshchat and might miss out on some of the chatbot-powered features which are part of the self-service widget.


Here's more info about each widget: