Growing any hotel business is no longer possible without online booking systems. Many questions are connected with selecting the right hotel booking plugin on WordPress to fit the business needs. It must be understandable and straightforward 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, minimise the human factor and contain all the main functions used by both administrators and potential customers.
To help you decide on the right WordPress hotel booking plugin, we offer a short overview of the one created by our team recently.
Using the example of our developed product, you will know about the crucial elements of the plugin functionality:
- Details of settings
This WordPress hotel booking plugin is designed to simplify the process of booking goods. It is based on the principles of time, dates and other 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 more significant complexity and functional scale.
Setting up the WordPress hotel booking plugin
When setting up the WordPress hotel booking plugin, additional tables are being created in the database. It allows a clean set up to receive the correct 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 Thus, the database is clean from outdated data (and decreases the load).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 hotel booking plugin WordPress, a special menu is created.
The front-end part of the WordPress hotel booking plugin
To activate the hotel booking plugin WordPress interface on the front-end, the user only needs to use a short-code. When shown on the front-end of the website, it works according to all the plugin settings. 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 WordPress hotel booking 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 usual WordPress user elements, like the Edit button, with the convenient improvement; 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 orders a table near the window, etc.
Extra settings of the WordPress hotel booking plugin
There are three functional tabs in the settings menu of the WordPress hotel booking plugin:
- Reservation schedule
General functional tabs in the hotel booking plugin WordPress
Each row has a question mark ‘?’, which explains the purpose/description of each field/row. You can manage the different types of reservations at the bottom part of the Settings menu (like dinner, supper, or breakfast).
The plugin also contains a block that allows an administrator to customise the booking interface’s visual appearance 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 in the hotel booking plugin WordPress
This section is dedicated to main reservation settings of availability of products/services and creating available booking schemes:
- 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 booking provider’s working time (like short working days, holidays, etc.). These exceptions will interact with the main plan so that a customer will get a correct rule on the interface (he won’t book anything during a day off even if the primary rule allows it).
The third subsection is blocking: these fields set the user’s period to book upfront and until what time a customer can make a booking each day.
Notifications in the hotel booking plugin WordPress
This section allows one to customise 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.