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Recommended No Code Tools to accelerate Dialogflow bot development

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Since Dialogflow is one of the best low code tools for creating NLU powered chatbots, I expect that a lot of people who are visiting this website are makers who prefer low and no code solutions.

So I have listed some no code tools which can accelerate the development of your Dialogflow chatbot.

Airtable

Airtable is hands down the best database for non-programmers. It is especially helpful when you are building your Dialogflow prototype bot. Having said that, you do need to hire a programmer to connect your Airtable backend to your Dialogflow bot. Unless you are building a very complex bot, that shouldn’t be a big problem.

Learn how to use Airtable as the backend DB for a Dialogflow bot.

Some people ask if Google Sheets can serve the same purpose. I prefer Airtable over Google Sheets and any other spreadsheet app.

Mindomo

You need to design a flowchart if your chatbot has multiple conversation turns.

In my view, the best tool for this is Mindomo.

Learn how to use Mindomo to quickly create your Dialogflow bot.

Dialogflow Messenger

If you want to add a Dialogflow chatbot to your website, the easiest way to do that would be to use the Dialogflow Messenger integration.

The Dialogflow Messenger integration has a lot of benefits

  • supports rich responses
  • is a free integration
  • has a fairly nice user interface
  • easy to quickly get started

In addition, you can use my BotFlo app as a visual editor to generate Dialogflow Messenger custom payloads. This makes it even more of a no-code tool.

Postman

Postman is a handy tool for constructing API requests. While this is more of a low code than a no code tool, I used it quite a bit when creating my Dialogflow REST API v2 course.

A student of the course, who is a business analyst and not a programmer, gave me this feedback:

Although I was advised that this course may be too technical, it was easy to follow and provide great background for me. 

Postman helps non-coders (and coders) visualize what happens under the hood when you are using Dialogflow’s REST API.

Dialogflow REST API v2 course

Mockable.io

Even if you don’t want to write code for your Dialogflow bot, it is still very helpful if you understand the basics of how Dialogflow webhooks work. (It will be especially helpful when you are trying to collaborate with your programmer).

In my Dialogflow Webhooks 101 course, I explain the request-response message format without writing any code using Mockable. A tool like Mockable.io is very helpful for visualizing the flow of data.

Dialogflow Webhooks 101

Zoho SalesIQ

Zoho SalesIQ is primarily a live chat widget for your website. But it provides the best set of features if you want to have an all-in-one solution which combines live chat, simple integration with Dialogflow ES as well as a very powerful set of rich response types which can help you get user input much more easily.

Learn how to use Zoho SalesIQ to create a website chatbot.

BotFlo

Last but not least, my BotFlo app can help accelerate the Dialogflow bot development process. It can be especially handy if you are creating a large Dialogflow agent with over 100 intents.

Check out the BotFlo app

"The magic key I needed as a non-programmer"

The custom payload generator was the magic key I needed (as a non-programmer) to build a good demo with rich responses in DialogFlow Messenger. I've only used it for 30 minutes and am thrilled. I've spent hours trying to figure out some of the intricacies of DialogFlow on my own. Over and over, I kept coming back to Aravind's tutorials available on-line. I trust the other functionalities I learn to use in the app will save me additional time and heartburn.

- Kathleen R
Cofounder, gathrHealth

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