Growing any hotel business is no longer possible without online booking systems. Many questions are connected with selecting the right hotel booking plugin that will fit the business. It must be simple and understandable for employees and support your infrastructure.
In the hotel business, booking plugins without exaggeration can be called the basis of the site. They make the resource convenient, minimize the human factor and contain all the main functions used by both administrators and potential customers.
To help you decide on the right WordPress booking plugin, we offer a short overview of the one that was created by our team recently.
Using the example of our developed product, you will know about the important elements of the plugin functionality:
- Details of settings
This WordPress booking plugin is designed to simplify the process of booking goods. It is based on the principles of time, dates and additional statuses.
The presented version is a basic one. It can be extended and modified by YSBM Group engineers on request.
This plugin also is an experience that could be shared when building other similar systems of even bigger complexity and functional scale.
Setting up the plugin
When setting up the WordPress booking plugin additional tables are being created in the database. This allows a clean set up to receive the right data. After the removal of the plugin all additional tables that were created by the plugin are removed. Thus, the database is clean from outdated data (and decreases the load). After setting up the plugin in WordPress a special menu is created.
The front-end part of the Booking plugin
In order to activate the booking plugin interface on the front-end the user only needs to use a short-code. When it is shown on the front-end of the website it works according to all the settings of the plugin. It also allows the tracking of all bookings from inside the admin panel and through email notifications.
For the output of this block on the frontend jQuery UI, the date picker library was used. When choosing a date it is being compared with a schedule that was set in the plugin’s settings and displays available booking dates and times. The booking block is responsive and cross-browser and is usable on all devices (desktop and mobile).
Reservations management in the plugin
This page has an appearance in WordPress styles which helps the user to work in a natural environment.
For the output of the table, the jQuery-data table library is used. It increases performance by sorting elements and processing the search without reloading the page.
There are some normal WordPress user elements, like the Edit button, with the convenient improvement that all actions happen without page reload in the modal window.
This interface allows the operation of bookings by:
- sending emails to the customer
- changing the status of the reservation
- notifying customers and administrators about changes
There is also a custom message that is attached to the reservation and might contain some additional information. For instance, if a customer has an allergy, or would like to order a table near the window, etc.
There are three functional tabs in the settings menu: General, Reservation schedule, and Notifications.
Each row has a question mark ‘?’ which explains the purpose/description of each field/row. At the bottom part of the Settings menu, you can manage the different types of reservations (like dinner, supper, or breakfast).
The plugin also contains a block that allows an administrator to customize the visual appearance of the booking interface on the front end. It also can be modified by adding custom CSS styles (after saving there will be a new style file created with code from this block).
- Reservation schedule:
This section is dedicated to main reservation settings of availability of products/services and creating available booking schemes:
- time schedule of working hours
- time until when a customer will be able to make a booking
First is scheduling: a new field will contain time rules when a booking feature is available on the site. Thus a customer will be able to make a reservation only according to those rules.
The exception allows one to add to the schedules special cases of the working time of the booking provider (like short working days, holidays, etc.). These exceptions will interact with the main schedule so a customer will get a correct rule on the interface (he won’t be able to book anything during a day off even if the main rule allows it).
The third subsection is blocking: these fields are for setting the period the user is allowed to book upfront and until what time a customer is able to make a booking each day.
This section allows one to customize the content of the service notifications, sender address, and the subjects of requests. For convenience, each template supports the HTML editor inside it. All fields have the standard WordPress visual view for convenience.
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