How to build GPT (ai bot) for web development

We have built our own GPT Ai Bot that helps us build websites with our technology of choice. You can do the same! Learn how to build your own GPT Ai Bot for web development, front-end and back-end development, website creation, and debugging theme and template errors.

A GPT Bot for web development can help you with the following tasks, just to name a few:

  1. Generate Code Snippets and improve exiting CSS,JS and HTML codes
  2. Project Guidance for the specific technology stack that you’re using to create the website
  3. Debugging site elements that are not working
  4. Design and UX/UI guidance for your specific tools (e.g. Figma to Webflow instructions)
  5. APIs and Integration:
  6. Advise on sitemap structure, plugin selection and other details
  7. Provide SEO recommendations to improve website visibility, as well as metadata (titles and descriptions)
  8. Guide on how to use APIs and integrate third-party services (e.g. Google analytics script implementation)
  9. Generate images for web pages

1. Set up a GPT from your Chat GPT Account

Head over to your Chat GPT + account to set up the GPT:

Choose create and explain to the GPT Builder what your use case is.

Next, configure the GPT.

GPT IMAGE, Name and description

Firstly, before you configure the GPT, give it an image, name and brief description.

This may seem silly, but after building 20-30 GPTs, you will regret not assigning clear distinctive names with original images to be able to quickly recongize the GPT you need.

2. Provide Initial instructions to the GPT (initial setup)

For the GPT to be trained, it needs an area of specialty to focus on. In other words, these are the initial CONSTRAINTS that create an area where the bot would confine itself, not expanding on unnecessary neural connections.

This is why you have an instructions section to write all the details that will be the initial setup of the GPT to withdraw information from within specific areas of knowledge, rather than activating the full Chat GPT as the usual interactions would be. The instructions go in the following section:

In this example, the instructions are focused on a specific technology stack:

  • WordPress
  • Astra Theme
  • Elementor

The instructions, therefore, should be as follows:

The WP Astra Elementor Assistant will communicate in a formal, direct, and professional manner, focused solely on answering questions related to building sites with WordPress, using the Elementor builder and Astra theme. It will provide clear, concise information and guidance, avoiding any casual or off-topic conversation. The assistant’s responses will be to-the-point, prioritizing efficiency and accuracy in addressing the user’s queries. This formal and direct communication style will ensure that the assistant remains strictly professional, delivering relevant and practical advice without any superfluous dialogue. The assistant’s tone will reflect its specialized role as a knowledgeable and reliable resource in the specific areas of WordPress, Elementor, and Astra. Focus on Elementor the free version, NOT Premium Elementor package.

create an area of specialization

Every web developer is specialized in a certain type of web dev skills, using a certain set of tools. Same is applicable for the use of ai and GPT bots in web development.

For example, WordPress has over a million plugins you could use. Being specific and training the bot to learn about a specific subset of tools within the chosen tech stack.

You can see each of the tools used and how they branch out as the GPT Bot gets trained and starts developing a neural map of what are typically the solutions you opt for in terms of web development.

Artificial intelligence usually works pretty well when the initial setup is done properly. For Ai to provide great output, not only that your prompts need to be good, but setting clear boundaries will result in fewer corrective interactions at a later stage.

So in this example, we’re focusing on the most popular FREE solutions and the setup we are providing to our customers:

  1. WordPress
    • Plugins
      • SEO Plugin (e.g. Yoast SEO)
      • Security Plugin (e.g. Wordfence)
      • Contact Form Plugin (e.g. Contact Form 7)
    • Themes
      • Astra Theme
        • Starter Templates
        • Customization Options
  2. Elementor
    • Page Builder Features
      • Drag-and-Drop Interface
      • Widgets and Elements Library
    • Integrations
      • Astra Theme Integration
  3. WP Hosting
    • WordPress Optimized Hosting (e.g. WP Engine)
    • Bluehost
    • Siteground

Open Ai even mentioned that if the prompt is not good from the get-go, then the corrections are many and the output is still missing the point. This is so because the initial interaction was flawed – and the way GPT works is by continuously building on what was first prompted or set up.

clarify what is not part of the specialization

If you don’t have Premium Packages such as Elementor PRO, it is good to make that as part of the initial setup. This is so, because the PRO version offers way more functionality than the FREE version.

Understandably, the output changes dramatically with different functionality. Add these early on, to avoid having to correct for each prompt and interaction with the GPT bot.

In our example, we instruct the GPT:

“Focus on Elementor the free version, NOT Premium Elementor package.”

adjust and re-configure instructions based on interactions

After testing the GPT, you will need to re-configure and adjust the instructions as seen fit. From the initial tasks, you may not be 100% satified with the Ai output. You will notice consistent flows, that you need to correct for every prompt.

This is why updating your instructions is a good way of removing redundant interaction and ensuring your GPT is always focused ONLY on what is useful for creating the website and setting up the theme correctly.

3. Upload core files as a knowledge base

Knowledge Base is the practical manual used as first-point of output generation. The GPT Bot checks your uploaded documentation to attempt to respond to your question, before using its propriatery predictive LLM, or browsing the web for a response.

You can upload the files here:

Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress are very popular. This means you can create files from the online content (PDF or Word) and upload them to be used by the GPT as part of its knowledge base.

All uploaded images and files are stored in the knowledge base

Your web development GPT Bot will help you solve many issues and build code as well. You’re able to inspect elements and copy clipboard images for codes, as well as upload files within each interaction. Such images, texts, files will be stored in your knowledge base as part of the training program.

4. create conversation starters (if needed)

Here are few useful conversation openers you can use to begin using the GPT:

  1. How do I create a custom homepage with Elementor in WordPress using the Astra theme?
  2. Can you explain how to optimize Elementor page speed on a site running the Astra theme?
  3. What are the best practices for designing a responsive website with Astra and Elementor?
  4. How do I integrate WooCommerce with my Elementor-based Astra theme site?
  5. Can you guide me on using Astra’s Hooks with Elementor to customize my website?
  6. What are some Elementor widgets that work particularly well with the Astra theme for a portfolio site?
  7. How do I troubleshoot common issues when using Elementor and Astra together?
  8. Can you provide steps to update the Astra theme without losing customizations made with Elementor?

However, in our example, we’re focusing on solving very specific programming, coding, hosting, and design issues that cannot simply a part of the first prompt.

5. Select GPT’s Capabilities for web development

For web development, front-end and back-end development, you will need all of the existing capabilities:

make sure you’re using 100% of the GPT power to build the best websites you can.

6. fine-tune the GPT output for specific sub-tasks

Once you have started using the GPT, you will continue training it to focus even more on the most useful data. In our case, we have uploaded additional documentation for the use of elmentor (free) version, as well as a support WordPress file scraped from wordpress website into a word doc.

7. Add special actions

One feature that stands out with the GPT bot is its ability to connect to other software using an API key (Application Programming Interface).

Head over to the actions setting at the bottom of your config list:

Select the following setting and provide the API key from the software that you wish to connect with:

This ability allows the GPT bot can help you take web development to the next level. Here are some tasks the GPT can complete with an API key:

  1. content personalization for target audiences using a CRM (customer relationship management) tool
  2. data analysis (API for Google Analytics, or Google Search Console)
  3. Language translation (ai translation using Deep L API key)
  4. Create Chat Bots for customer support

8. Rinse and Repeat

Over time, the GPT will get better because the training will hone it to be more effective and precise at solving your problems. Using the existing knowledge base that is ever-growing, and your interactions will provide maximum efficiency to build great websites. Just like we did at Aleph Website.

Višnja

Višnja is a passionate digital marketing advocate that works with Aleph as an author, contributor, and consultant to our clients. She has a degree in psychology and a knack for content marketing.

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