Shortcodes, Widgets & Sidebars

Widgets » Widget

The widget allows you to embed a web chat in your site.

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Adding the Widget

To add the Widget to your site, you’ll first need to visit to start a channel. All channels are public, including the random channels.


To add the widget to your site:

  1. In your dashboard, click on Appearance → Customize → Widgets.
  2. Choose the location where you’d like to place the widget on your site. Common options here include the Footer and Sidebar, but this may be different depending on your theme.
  3. Click either of the + block inserter buttons (see right) to see a list of all the available blocks and widgets.
  4. Scroll down to the Widgets section and click on the widget once to add it to your site.

For general information on working with widgets, see this guide.

The two + icon block inserter buttons are marked with arrows.
Block inserter buttons

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Once you add the widget to your sidebar or other widget area, you’ll see the following widget settings:

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Title: Sets the title for the widget on your site. You can choose any title for the widget, or omit it.

Channel: Sets the channel for the widget. The Channel setting must match your channel on

Height (in pixel): Sets the widget’s display height on your site.

After adding or changing the widget settings, click Save Changes.

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Starting Chats

Once you’ve added the widget, chats can be started from your sidebar:


They can also be started from the website:


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Adding Chat to Pages and Posts

There is also a shortcode to add chat to pages and posts. You can add a shortcode to any page or post using a shortcode block.

Copy the shortcode below and paste it on its own line in the body of a page or post. Change your channel name and choose a height that works well for your site’s design.

[tlkio channel=lobby height=800]

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