IF You are using Self hosted services. you have access to SSH.
You can install the PHP Version with this command
sudo apt-get install php
PHP will update/ install the default version available in Server repository, or if your server package don’t have the latest version available can install latest version available package and then install PHP.
To add a specific version add version number as suffix.
sudo apt-get install php7.1
Check the php Version
Managed Hosting/ cPanel
If your using Managed hosting Server, you may not have access to SSH, but most of hosting services providers like hostgator, bluehost. They will provide cPanel or similar framework to maintain the server.
From cPanel at PHP filed you can update/ Change the PHP Version.
If your hosting provider is not have any option to update the PHP Version, contact the hosting provider.
Chatfuel, ManyChat are the two most popular tools to build Chatbot for Facebook Messenger without writing code.
Build a Chatbot Using this tools and Connect to Facebook Page. Thats all your Chat bots will give reply to users, more over your user can shift to live chat option at any time, this option will be provided by this tools.
When live chat is turn on, bots wont interrupter you live chat.
Chatfuel, ManyChat – both of this are powered by AI ( Artificial Intelligence ), Based on user messaged Keyword, this chatbots will give reply.
Chatfuel is most user-friendly to get started, you can understand the Chatfuel flow very easily and can build a basic chatbot
within an hour. It uses the concept of blocks, cards, and groups.
From this image you can understand most of the work flow. That much easy it is to use Chatfuel.
In the Automate section we have most of the flow, expect AI.
The group is a collection of blocks, Groups are just for convenience to arrange blocks.
Block is a collection of cards. this is the actual works flow. moving from one block to another block, or using AI run the block based on Keywords.
Configure the bot based on blocks, which block to run, when to run.
The cards actually include your chatbot messages such as text, videos, gallery etc.
Using cards we can collect the user input, create filter, condition between the cards, Create flow between the blocks.
Cards are very powerful in Chatfuel, most of the things run from here itself. like zapier, IFTTT integration, subscribe to a sequence, Audio, video, get user input, send mails …
ChatFuel provides a lot of integration options such as Zapier, RSS, Google Sheets, Calendar, WordPress, Slack, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc.
Set up AI is the feature that helps in setting up some control on NLP for your chatbot.
Can start with free plan, most of the feature available in ChatFuel are available for free with out limitations. Upgrade to premium plan to take advantage of using “People” feature where you can view users data, export data.
In the free plan Chatfuel adds the brand name in the Messenger Menu.
PRO Plan starts from $15 per bot/page, Pricing will be based on which includes up to 500 reachable users in a month.
Branding will be added to the Welcome Message and will be helpful to the bot less than 5000 users.
The first 5,000 users who interacted with your bot will be able to receive the broadcasts and continue interacting with the bot.
ChatFuel Broadcast provides options to send the broadcast immediately or after some delay.
Shouldn’t send any kind of promotional messages to the users, in that case, your chatbot will be blocked by the Facebook authority.
ManyChat is popular chatbot platform, that is used to build chatbot for Facebook messenger with more possibilities for marketing and automation.
ManyChat provides two interface options to build a chatbot platform and uses the concepts similar to ChatFuel.
It is a bit tricky to understand the interface, the user should spend some time to learn the chatbot flow page.
Recently they introduced an option ‘Drag and Drop’, which visualizes the whole chatbot flow in a single screen.
ManyChat provides a free basic plan with limited features.
Flow Builder feature provides a new way to construct messenger chatbot using the visual editor, to track long and complicated chatbot flows.
ManyChat recently launched ‘live chat’, which is one of the most useful tools and which allows you to immediately respond to your customers, solve their service issues and creates good bonding with your customers.
ManyChat is mobile friendly for its live chat page rather it’s not mobile friendly for Chatfuel.
ManyChat provides a free basic plan to access all the limited features, but the ManyChat branding will be displayed in your chatbot and promotional tools.
One of the great feature that ManyChat missed in the free plan in getting user-input and saving to custom filed.
PRO Plan starts at $10 per month, which includes up to 500 active subscribers and scales as you grow your audience.
To remove ManyChat branding from your chatbot, you should upgrade to a paid plan, which helps to access all the features with unlimited tags, customize field and branding will also be disappeared.
Don’t forget to add the domain name to the Facebook page settings.
To add the domain name, go to the facebook page settings, click on messenger platform, scroll down you can find the field named Whitelisted Domain, add the domain name of your website in that particular field. Click on save changes.
Now visit your website you can find the Facebook messenger on your web page.
Other Plugin Settings
Facebook App-Id: Facebook App-Id is not mandatory, but by adding app-id analytics page can be viewed.
Color: Can change the Messenger theme color by selecting the various colors and is the field is left blank default color will appear.
Logged in Greeting: This field is left empty for default message and displays the greeting message when the user is logged in.
Logged out Greeting: This field is left empty for default message and displays the greeting message when the user is logged out.