New Support System

New Support System

We have been using Zendesk for nearly 2 years now. As great as their services might be, it does cost an arm and a leg to actually run a full blown support system. Finally, we found a solution that does solve all of our problems and it comes at a fraction of what Zendesk charges.

The new system is called Awesome Support. It’s a WordPress plugin, or rather a set of plugins, that we have already switched to. What we were missing from Zendesk were the following:

  1. My Tickets View
    A place where you can have an overview of all of your tickets.
  2. My Ticket View
    A single ticket view with the attachments, replies, times.
  3. Documentation
    A well organized documentation system that does provide easy access to the knowledge and answers all of your questions.
  4. Documentation Suggestions
    Whenever you’re opening a ticket, specific documentation can be suggested based on what you write in the ticket topic.
  5. Attachments
    A possibility to add more than one file that’s less than 1mb.
  6. Guest Tickets
    For anyone to ask any Pre-sale questions and actually keep track of those questions.
  7. Reporting
    Advanced reports for the support system, all agents etc.
  8. Satisfaction Surveys
    A way to get information from YOU how we’re doing.
  9. Predefined Replies
    A way to quickly answer repeating questions.

We didn’t have that with Zendesk. We do now. That any many more. Let me just go over a few of the things that are key and what will make ours and your lives that much easier.

My Tickets

When you go to My Downloads there was a menu leading to the old support form. That was substituted with the new tickets overview and actually called: My Tickets. There, if you already have tickets opened, will see all of them and can navigate through to the one you’d like to reply to, add something to or manage in any other way.

Tickets Overview
Tickets Overview

From there you can go directly into an already open ticket or create a new one from scratch. An open ticket overview gives you the following:

Single Ticket View
Single Ticket View

You can see the initial ticket, replies, time when it was created, priority. Pretty much everything you’d want and need in order to efficiently handle support requests. Plus additional field for handling sensitive data like Private Credentials. Those are attached to a particular ticket and you have full control over them. Add, edit, delete – it’s all in your hands.

Finally we’re able to receive attachments. And bigger ones. And more than one. The plugin we’re using allows us to not only configure the amount and size of the attachments, but also file types and has an integration with external services so that your site disk space doesn’t get cluttered with support attachments.

Reply form under open tickets.

We’ve decided to do the following: you can upload up to 5 files (maximum 5 MB each) of the following types: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf. That in our opinion is the most reasonable setup for our support needs. The great thing about it, we can adjust it as we go.

Documentation

We do realize that our documentation needs to be redone as well. Reorganized and updated at least. That’s already in progress and should be done before the end of April. You’ll see more and more docs being added. With that, more and more suggestions for when you’re opening tickets.

And On And On…

I won’t go into every little detail with this post as it’s supposed to serve as a general announcement of the changes that have been implemented. What should be taken from this is that we do try to raise the bar and provide the best possible service we can. It doesn’t only come down to creating great software. We also feel very responsible for making sure you are comfortable with it and in case of any issues or concerns we can always be there for you. All tickets that were already open with Zendesk, will be handled there. Afterwards, we’ll keep a copy of the tickets for reference.

Tell Us What YOU Think

We tried to test everything as best as we could have. Please do let us know in the comments below what do you think about it, how it looks and feels and… As usual if you see any issues, do let us know so we can solve them.

Brought to you by PeepSo Team Eric Tracz
I'm a Digital Nomad currently living in Kuala Lumpur. Co-Founder and CEO of PeepSo.com. First time WordCamp Speaker at WordCamp Kuala Lumpur in 2017 hoping to speak more soon. I started my journey with open source nearly a decade ago as a simple support guy. Joomla! was my first encounter with the world of Open Source. After that period of my life got phased out I fell in love with WordPress and never left. I have been both lucky and at the same time I worked my ass off to get to where I am right now. Free time, if I have any, is usually spent with my girlfriend and / or travelling around South-East Asia. Even when I'm supposed to be on a little vacation, not a day goes by when I don't check up on PeepSo ? So far visited or lived in: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China and more...

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@peepso_user_5797(Tracy Last)
Sounds like a great plugin for my site too! Especially with the Guest Tickets for presales and other questions. I am getting told by my developer that we have too many plugins already, taking space and slowing the site down. Is this a lightweight plugin? I look forward to using it for my Peepso support tickets.
1 month ago
@peepso_user_7(Eric Tracz)
@peepso_user_5797(Tracy) if you use it wisely and use what you actually need it's ok. We found EDD integration to be very heavy, that's why we don't use it ourselves. There's a free version of it. Check it out.
1 month ago
@peepso_user_16278(jin latt)
eric tracy can u tell me how can i replace chatso with comet chat ? i follow the description from comet chat to put it on my peepso social network and its not working i not sure what i did wrong 🙁 pls help if u can
1 month ago
@peepso_user_7(Eric Tracz)
@peepso_user_16278(jin) no idea, it's not really our product, so you'd need to talk to CometChat people.
1 month ago
@peepso_user_16278(jin latt)
@peepso_user_3831(William Grant) so cometchat is not good than what can i use for my audio and video chat? if you know any pls show me the way pls
1 month ago