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    James Peterson

    @Kristi, currently there is no method to add a more button. This sounds like an interesting feature, and it would be great if you could add a feature request for it over in our Product Feedback Forum so the issue can gain more visibility.

  • Why the web widget could not appear in landscape orientation mode? Many tablet users browse web sites in this mode

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    Jeremy J. Reyes

    @Arsenio I will create a support ticket for you

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    Volunteer World

    Is there any chance to rename the "Help" Widget? (e.g. Contact)

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    Aaron Cottrell

    @Volunteer World - not currently, we'll bear it in mind for the future.

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    Stas Hagemans

    @Aaron, can you give an indication on if you guys are even considering the change that we can enable the Widget with only the helpcenter. For lots of reason we don’t always want to offer an email or chat option as other contact options are better suited to answering a customer question.

    For some reason it feels that Zendesk employs a "holier-than-thou" attitude with regards to how Brands should provide service when using your product.

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    Aaron Cottrell

    Hi Stas,
    No plans for a 'Help Center only' version of the Web Widget at the moment.

    I'll share your feedback with the Help Center team as we do want customers to provide articles in-context if they might be of use to the end-user.

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    Paul Meeker

    I am evaluating zendesk for our team. I notice that it says the web widget is only available to 'open zendesks'. Is there any work around for that with a closed zendesk? Or, any plans to make that available anytime soon?

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    Joshua Mark

    Hi Aaron,

    My team is migrating back to Zendesk from UserVoice and I'm only now realizing that SSO is not supported with the widget. It's very important to us to know what accounts certain tickets are coming from. I saw a few other people were asking for it as well. Is there any plan to support this in the near future?

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    Johnd

    Is it possible to have the widget button placed in a fixed position?

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    Dwight Bussman

    Hi Johnd,

    There isn't a native way to fix the web widget to a particular position. I've not been able to find examples of this being done, but I suspect you could write JavaScript to relocate that component.

    If you were using the Zopim chat widget, there's a different API for that which does allow for this. If you figure out JavaScript way to do this, please post it here!

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    Aaron Cottrell

    @Paul - there's no workaround for using the Web Widget with a closed Zendesk at present and we do not have any firm plans for it.

    @Joshua Unfortunately SSO is not currently available in the widget, we may look into it in the future. Although not ideal, as a workaround you could use the 'submitted from' URL that comes in at the bottom of all Web Widget tickets (if that helps identify the accounts that tickets have come from).

    @Johnd/Dwight - I do hear customers ask about positioning the widget more freely. It's something we're thinking about for the future.

    Thanks,
    Aaron

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    Lukas Locher

    Dear Zendesk-Team,

    I got a question. I am using some tables to illustrate things in my Help Center. Everything works fine. The problem is when you want to see that Help Center entry via Zendesk Widget it shows no table and just the text which is in the table. So It is not possible to read it.. I got about 30 rows and 3 columns. Am i doing it wrong or is this a know issue?

    Greeting Lukas

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    Rob Pannoni

    The Feedback tab has an option for entering a URL for company Privacy Policy. This is required for TRUSTe certification. Is there a comparable option for the widget?

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    Aaron Cottrell

    Hi Rob, no, there isn't currently a comparable option in the widget at the moment - thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    Aaron Cottrell

    @Lukas, this is a known issue with some complex tables and rendering them in the Web Widget. We'll look into addressing this in the future.

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    RA Admin

    First of all ...It would be a huge help if there is a way to search with in the 'Comments' of a page. I may not be raising this question/comment again.

    Have a question/comment about web widget's compatibility. Why would Zendesk not make the compatibility consistent across it's products? Zendesk and help center are compatible from IE 9 and above, while web widget is supported for only the latest two versions of IE!!! We are having serious difficulties explaining to our customers why some features does not work in a particular version of browser and while others does work.

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    Aaron Cottrell

    Hi RA Admin,
    We do try to keep compatibility consistent where possible. With the Web Widget, we make use of a number of modern web technologies that are simply not supported by Internet Explorer 9 (hence the difference in browser compatibility).

    I appreciate that not all organizations have the freedom to run the latest versions of web browsers but as the technologies we use are generally supported by most other browsers, this was the direction we chose to go.

    On a related note, I believe Microsoft are dropping support for IE9 on all operating systems apart from Windows Vista and Server 2008 from January 12th, 2016 - see more info here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/gp/microsoft-internet-explorer

    Thanks,
    Aaron

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    Rutger Rademaker

    I have noticed that the file the "Zendesk Widget script" loads the "https://assets.zendesk.com/embeddable_framework/main.js" file twice on every request. (even on this page)
    Why is that needed? sounds like a lot of overhead to me
    Of course it will be cached, but why is it needed twice

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    Marius Jacobsen (Edited )

    Hi, Is there any way to hide/remove the link to the Help Center's original article within the articles in the widget?

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    Christopher McLoughlin

    Hi Marius,

    We will be more than happy to provide guidance with the Web Widget, but unfortunately, we are unable to determine what you are trying to do. Would you be able to elaborate more on what you are trying to accomplish?

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    Nick Malone

    @Rutger, The double-tapped main.js and update.html are part of the release-based cache-refresh mechanism we use to ensure that visitors' browsers re-request a copy of main.js only when a newer version is available. If the browser is behaving correctly, you should also find that the second main.js request is fulfilled entirely from the browser's cache.

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    Leah Peev

    Can you specify what Help Center content is displayed per specific widget? For example, if I had a Section dedicated to a particular product type, could I make a widget for the web pages related to that product type, and have the Help Center search on those pages display only that section?

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    sam

    Those of you who want the ability to change the text of the widget from "Help" to something else (like "Feedback") should go vote for this feature request: https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/204096076-widget-customization-please?page=1#community_comment_207655748. Thanks!

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    Seama Rezai

    @Leah
    Unfortunately, that's not a feature that we have right now.

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    Paul Lawrence

    If an account is using multibrand.

    Can a web widget be created for each brand to control which help center knowledge base content is searched?

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    James Peterson

    @Paul, You can make one widget per brand.

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    Paul Lawrence

    @James Peterson, Do you know where I can find the instruction on how to create a unique widget for each of my brands?

    This article explains adding a widget to the default brand.

    I would like to enter the subdomain in the widget just like I can in the Feedback Tab.

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    Erica Wass

    @paul You can create a widget for your second brand by going to Admin--> Channels -->Widget and clicking Add Widget. You can then repeat for any other brands so that you could set up 1 widget per brand.

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    Mihai Tica (Edited )

    I had a stab at the Widget feature and unfortunately for our use case it just lacks too many features.

    To get an idea of the type of implementations we are using here is one - http://businesscatalyst.com/contact and here is another - http://www.businesscatalyst.com/report-abuse

    To sum up the top features we miss:

    1. CSS customization - alot of people are asking for this

    2. running JS in the Widget. With the old feedback tab it was possible - pasting javascript code in the CSS customization window worked, I do realize this is a hack and officially unsupported

    3. the ability to have different widget instances. With the Feedback tab one could insert different instances to various pages, have submitted tickets tagged and treated differently in ZD (routed to different queues, etc)

    There might be a way to get this done with the Widget but that would imply adding a custom field named "Source", have that hidden from the user and pre filled using JS or have a query param passed in the Widget's iframe "src" (as we have done on http://www.businesscatalyst.com/report-abuse )

    The Widget might be prettier (mobile friendly, better styled) but it lacks the flexibility and versatility of the Feedback tab.

    Hope this feedback helps,

    Mihai

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