Crisp Helpdesk is easy to install on your own domain. In case you encounter some issues, this article is there to help you troubleshoot them.

My custom Helpdesk domain is rejected

When you configure a custom domain for your Crisp Helpdesk, you are told to setup custom DNS records on the domain you want your Helpdesk to be available on.

You may get an error message while validating your Helpdesk custom domain if all records were not properly configured. The invalid records will be remaining, while valid records will not be shown anymore.

This lets you fix all remaining DNS record issues. If your DNS server has a high TTL (eg. 3 hours or more), you may need to wait before re-validating. As the DNS system cached your previous, invalid records, Crisp will still see the invalid records. Come back later on and re-validate (for instance, 24 hours later).

If you are using the BIND DNS server, or an advanced DNS editor, you may need to add dots (".") at the end of each CNAME pointing to Crisp. This is why the DNS records we provide have a dot (".") at the end. Some providers (eg. Cloudflare) don't require them, and strip them when you copy / paste them.

Beware: some DNS providers flatten CNAME records, which Crisp uses to initially validate your DNS records. If your domain CNAME records are flattened, Crisp won't be able to validate the Helpdesk records. On most providers, you can disable CNAME flattening (eg. Cloudflare) while performing the validation, and then re-enable it.

The DNS records for an Helpdesk domain

My Helpdesk articles or categories are not updated

The Crisp Helpdesk has a cache of a few seconds on all categories, articles and your Helpdesk homepage. If you update an article and quickly try to refresh it in your browser, the changes will not be immediately reflected. You need to wait a few seconds for the cache to be purged and the new changes available online.

The cache on your Helpdesk helps protect it against DOS attacks (load attacks where someone requests a large number of pages in a short period of time), and also speed up user browsing.

My Helpdesk article is not listed

Articles that have no category assigned cannot be shown in any category on homepage, or in the category navigation. Thus, it will be unlisted from public browsing, but the article will still be available publicly for those having the public link, those coming from search engines (Google), or those searching using the Helpdesk search tool.

You may configure a category for the article if you want it to be visible in the public browsing views.

My Helpdesk cannot be accessed

I see a Crisp error page

If there's anything that's wrongly configured on your Helpdesk, your Helpdesk pages will show a Crisp error page. This page instructs you of which action you should take on your end.

Yellow errors

Yellow errors are errors that usually require you to take action to fix them. Here's a list of errors you may get:

Error 400: The browser made a bad request to the Helpdesk (this is a browser issue)
Error 402: The Helpdesk plugin is inactive (you need to re-enable it on your Crisp Dashboard)
Error 403: The Helpdesk is not allowed (you are not allowed to see the Helpdesk at this time)
Error 408: The request to the Helpdesk too too much time (this is a browser / network issue)
Error 410: There is no such Helpdesk (no Helpdesk is configured for the requested domain)
Error 412: The Helpdesk is not yet configured (please add at least one Helpdesk language, eg. English)
Error 420: Your network is sending way too much requests to the Crisp Helpdesk system and has been temporarily blocked
Error 429: Your network is sending too much requests to the Crisp Helpdesk system and has been temporarily blocked

Red errors

Red errors are errors of the Crisp Helpdesk system that require our developers to take a look. This should never happen. Our team closely monitor all errors that occur. If a red error stays visible for more than a few minutes, please contact us.

Error 500: A bug occurred while rendering the page. Our teams have been notified.
Error 502: The Helpdesk system is temporarily unavailable. It might be in maintenance.
Error 503: The Helpdesk system is temporarily unavailable. It might be in maintenance.
Error 504: The Helpdesk system is temporarily unavailable. It might be in maintenance.

Helpdesk not configured error page

I see a SSL error warning on my Helpdesk

When you change your Helpdesk domain, or setup a custom Helpdesk domain, your Helpdesk may not be immediately reachable. Your browser will show an SSL error (as shown in Safari on image below). The reason is the following: when you add a new Helpdesk domain or update it, Crisp needs to request a SSL certificate from an external SSL authority for your domain. The process takes a maximum of 2 minutes, but should take less time in most cases (around 1 minute).

When you refresh the page to check if the Helpdesk is now available, you may still encounter the SSL error, as Web browsers cache SSL sessions for a few minutes. Thus, you should open a private navigation session and re-open your Helpdesk there to test. Restarting your browser may also help.

If the SSL error persists or happens when your Helpdesk was previously running since a long time, please contact us. This may happen if your managed SSL certificate failed to auto-renew. Though, this should never happen as we are closely monitoring this system.

Helpdesk SSL warning for a domain
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