Building bots is something new and sounds like a fun challenge for most developers. To be able to create software that converses in a natural way with humans is an exciting new reality. The problem is that you don’t want to spend hundreds of hours learning and putting together all the infrastructure and boilerplate code required to get a basic conversational backend up and running.
What is Botpress
Botpress is a lightweight, fast and flexible on-premise bot building platform.
It is a complete platform that ships with all the tools you need to build, deploy and manage production-grade bots in record time. Here are some of the components that are installed by default:
- An NLU Engine
- An administration dashboard
- A visual flow editor
- A chat emulator / debugger
- Support for multiple messaging channels
Botpress has many advantages over other platforms and frameworks:
- It runs fully on-prem, so you have full control over the data that comes in and out
- The core of the Botpress platform is open-source
- Extremely flexible and developer-friendly
- Zero external dependencies
How to build a bot
There are three main steps involved in creating bots.
Developers start by Building the bot, which consists of adding the necessary messaging channels, coding the necessary backend integrations your bot will need to interact with and creating the main dialog flows.
Once done, you'll need to Deploy the bot somewhere, which could be on the cloud or your own infrastructure.
Finally, you'll give access to the bot to more people so they can Manage the bot post-deployment. Managing a bot entails analyzing the conversations, refining the conversational experience by building new flows and to make it smarter by continuously improving the NLU.