54 Responses

  1. donnacha of WordSkill
    donnacha of WordSkill July 31, 2013 at 20:36 | | Reply

    Wow, that was a very detailed review and this is a very promising plugin.

    I agree that tying into the Woo Commerce platform is a clever move, adding all that potential functionality, with most important being the choice of over one hundred payment gateways.

    Anyone choosing a booking plugin needs to really think about what they need and to spend a lot of time researching what various plugins actually do (which is why I always look forward to Jean’s reviews!) and this plugin is one of the small number that are currently worth considering – the vast majority of WordPress booking plugins are trash or outright scams.

    This plugin is still quite young but Ashok is continuing to improve it at an impressive speed and the simple decision to piggyback on Woo Commerce may turn out to be a winning strategy in the race to corner what is going to be one of the most profitable niches in the commercial plugin market.

    1. Ashok Rane
      Ashok Rane August 2, 2013 at 07:25 | | Reply

      Hi Don, Thank you for the appreciation. I’m glad you like the plugin. The plan is to keep on adding to the plugin at the same speed & improving on the user experience on every update.

  2. Rebecca Gill
    Rebecca Gill August 1, 2013 at 12:31 | | Reply

    Jean how easy is it to manually add bookings inside the WordPress admin panel? I have two clients who could immediately use this, but one would do their booking in house and not have it done by website visitors.

    1. Ashok Rane
      Ashok Rane August 1, 2013 at 13:41 | | Reply

      Hi Rebecca, Ashok here, the plugin author. Currently it is not possible to add the bookings from the wordpress admin panel. That is being considered for a future update.

      1. Rebecca Gill
        Rebecca Gill August 1, 2013 at 15:09 | | Reply

        Thanks for the prompt reply Ashok!

      2. ray-zin
        ray-zin August 13, 2013 at 11:38 | | Reply

        Hi Ashok. Very nice looking plugin. I’d also be keen to purchase this once you have added more booking related functionality. ie: ability to add bookings manually in the back end. ability to change bookings, booking status’s etc.

        Thanks.

        1. Ashok Rane
          Ashok Rane August 13, 2013 at 12:21 | | Reply

          Hello Ray, Thank you for the appreciation. Ability to add bookings from back end is something I am taking up in the next 1 month. It would be nice if you could add your vote/feedback on: http://feedback.tychesoftwares.com/ . I have created a request there for adding bookings from admin.
          Sure, you can purchase it whenever you feel is the right time. 🙂

          1. Pejman
            Pejman April 5, 2016 at 09:39 |

            Hey Ashok,

            I’ve byes the booking plugin but is it possible to create a booking from the back end?

            It would be great.

    2. Nick
      Nick November 10, 2013 at 23:15 | | Reply

      Just playing devils advocate here, Rebecca. But you client could book from the frontend, as where they the customer.

  3. Abaloo
    Abaloo August 5, 2013 at 18:09 | | Reply

    Hi there, is it possible to use this for booking work slots on a website? As an example, say Monday to Friday we offer three slots for work to be completed on each day. Can that be setup, and then on the front end clients can book and pay to buy one of those slots (and when a day is full, I.e. all slots are taken) no more bookings are made?

    1. Ashok Rane
      Ashok Rane August 5, 2013 at 18:16 | | Reply

      Hi, This is Ashok here, the plugin author. Yes. It is possible to offer the work slots you want on each day. You can offer same or different work slots across the days. You can also set the maximum number of bookings to be allowed for each work slot and for a particular day too. Once fully booked, the work slot & date will not be available for further booking.

  4. Jonathan
    Jonathan August 6, 2013 at 18:43 | | Reply

    Hi, I am running a rental business for devices and this plugin seems quite appropriate for it. But my concern is that i have to take into consideration delivery issues.
    So I’d like to know if it is possible to set up an unavailability period after each rental to make sure that the rent item is back. For example, if i have a client who rents me an item from monday morning to wednesday morning, i’d like to have it available again only on thursday morning, letting me enough time to get it back.
    I hope this is clear enough.

    1. Ashok Rane
      Ashok Rane August 6, 2013 at 18:50 | | Reply

      Hi Jonathan, Unfortunately there is nothing like an “unavailability period” that can be setup.

      Is that always the case as you pointed out in your example? So that on the day an item is returned, then that item is available back only on the next date & not on the same day? Currently how it works for rental bookings is the day the item is returned back (Wednesday morning in your case), then it is available to be rented again from Wednesday onwards itself.

      1. Jonathan
        Jonathan August 6, 2013 at 19:16 | | Reply

        Thanks for your reply.
        Indeed the “unavailability period” depends on how i collect back the items.
        Basically there are two delivery times every day: in the morning and in the evening. So let’s say that an item is rent until 2 pm, then i only have it back on the evening the same day and can only rent it again the next day.
        But I also want to offer my clients the possibility to send it back to me via mail if they go out of the delivery/pick-up area, which would mean that the “unavailability period” would be longer (e.g. 2 days after the end of the rent).
        Once again I hope I made myself clear enough.

        1. Ashok Rane
          Ashok Rane August 6, 2013 at 20:44 | | Reply

          Yes, it is clear. The plugin, however, does not contain a setting that allows to set the “unavailability period”.
          Please drop me an email on ashok@tychesoftwares.com . It would be better to discuss this thread via email.

  5. Ales
    Ales August 8, 2013 at 08:16 | | Reply

    Hello Jean,
    Thank you very much for your review!
    I’m not sure it this is to right place for my questions, but I’ll try anyway… I’m building a website on WP for our travel agency and I can’t find the right WP plugin for calendar booking and e-shop.
    Please would you be able to let me know if your booking system is suitable for needs of the travel agency and if it also covers all the below listed options as this is what I’m looking for with addition to the usual basic functions:
    1. Creating a product/package holiday which client can apply to start on any day of the year/during the particular months of the year. – If 5 days long, it will autokmatically highlight the length of their stay on the calendar. Is this possible through multiple day booking option, or any other?
    2. Our clients will also need to specify a number of persons – this could be 1, 2,… but also min of 4 or more – is it possible to set up the min no. of persons on various products so this will be only available for groups?
    3. We are also looking for an option of adding an additional items related to this particular product (trip,…) – something what Amazon does. Is this possible with your plugin, any other or is this already part of woocommerce?
    4. Once holiday is ordered by our customer, is your plugin giving us possibility to check availability of all the products and contact the client prior to the approving/processing of his order so the order can be still changed/cancelled before the payment is processed? This is to make sure we will get time to prepare everything what’s necessary, contact client if needed and than process payment.
    In advance thank you very much for your time and answer.
    Regards
    Ales

  6. Ashok Rane
    Ashok Rane August 8, 2013 at 17:07 | | Reply

    Hello Ales,

    This is Ashok here, the plugin author. The booking system can be used for travel agency. To answer your points:

    1. It is not possible right now to create different packages & highlight the length of stay once a date is chosen.
    2. It is not possible to setup the minimum number of persons currently.
    3. You can add additional items using the inbuilt WooCommerce variations. My plugin is compatible with Woo variations & couple of other plugins that can help achieve your need.
    4. The availability is automatically checked at the time the customer orders the holiday. So the order will be placed only if those dates are available. The availability can be controlled from the settings of the plugin.

    Feel free to drop me an email on ashok@tychesoftwares.com should you have further questions.

    :Ashok

  7. Mathew Porter
    Mathew Porter August 9, 2013 at 19:26 | | Reply

    I saw this plugin featured on another site a few weeks ago, looks like a decent solution for clients who need this facility.

  8. Ashok Rane
    Ashok Rane August 9, 2013 at 19:40 | | Reply

    Thank you for the appreciation Mathew.

  9. Jeremy
    Jeremy August 19, 2013 at 14:25 | | Reply

    Excellent review Ashok, very detailed and has definitely sold me the plugin.

    1. Ashok Rane
      Ashok Rane August 19, 2013 at 14:48 | | Reply

      Thank you Jeremy. Thanks to Jean for the detailed review.

  10. leokoo
    leokoo September 9, 2013 at 10:09 | | Reply

    Thanks Ashok! Would the plugin be able to do events as well, or just booking? =) Would you consider doing an events plugin or add-on?

    1. Ashok Rane
      Ashok Rane September 10, 2013 at 15:03 | | Reply

      Hi Leokoo, the plugin currently is best suited for bookings. If you have specific requirements, you could drop me an email to ashok at tychesoftwares dot com.

      1. leokoo
        leokoo September 11, 2013 at 10:06 | | Reply

        Thanks, just purchased. How come it doesn’t have an auto update?

        1. Ashok Rane
          Ashok Rane September 11, 2013 at 10:10 | | Reply

          Thank you for purchasing the plugin. It does have an auto update. The version you purchased is the latest version (v 1.4).

          1. leokoo
            leokoo September 11, 2013 at 19:12 |

            Hi Ashok, sent you an email with regards to an error. =) Kindly assist.

  11. Elsa
    Elsa October 2, 2013 at 09:03 | | Reply

    Cay I use this plugin with the payment gateway payfast

    1. ashokrane
      ashokrane October 2, 2013 at 09:16 | | Reply

      Hi Elsa, You can use this plugin with any payment gateway that works with WooCommerce. There is an extension for Payfast from WooThemes. So yes, this plugin will work with that payment gateway.

  12. Jenny Beaumont
    Jenny Beaumont October 20, 2013 at 17:07 | | Reply

    Awesome. Was coming across a lot of really bad plugins for this kind of feature – many with little or no support and 1 star reviews. So when I stumbled on Tyche Softwares offer, I was dubious (let’s be honest, their site leaves much to be desired ;)). But after this glowing review, I’m sold. Thanks Jean.

    PS: the Woo guys say they’ve got one in the pipeline…to be continued!

    1. ashokrane
      ashokrane October 20, 2013 at 18:06 | | Reply

      Hi Jenny, ‘dubious’ would be the last thing one would like to know about their product/website 🙂 Though the sites may leave much to be desired, we’re not quite sure ‘dubious’ would be the last word. Nevertheless, we would be happy to know why you feel that way.

      Regarding the product, I’m glad Jean’s review helps nullify any doubts you had. If you’ve visited the plugin page, you may also look at other reviews. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about the plugin itself.

  13. amelie
    amelie May 14, 2014 at 22:32 | | Reply

    Does it sync with Google Calendar, so if I put something in my calendar that timeframe doesn’t become available for the customer purchasing a booking?

    1. ashokrane
      ashokrane May 15, 2014 at 06:01 | | Reply

      It does sync via ICS files. ICS files for the bookings are sent as attachments in the notification emails. Those files need to be added to the google calendar.

  14. Murray
    Murray May 24, 2014 at 09:52 | | Reply

    Looking forward to seeing this plugin when developed more in the future. My recommendations is for a ‘services’ option. ie; a drop menu with different products to select. foot massage, neck massage, back massage. So the bookings page is one page. You select your product or service. it loads those details and price. Select date, time, add to cart. Similar to that of competitors.
    Also the back end needs development. Great job though early days and looking to be the goods in the future.

    1. ashokrane
      ashokrane May 26, 2014 at 10:35 | | Reply

      Thanks Murray. We will keep that in mind & possibly add it in a future release.

  15. Charles Drengberg
    Charles Drengberg June 8, 2014 at 03:48 | | Reply

    Unfortunately for most vacation rental owners, if this does not sync with VRBO, HomeAway, and AirBnB, it still means you need to run a rental software to manage all properties fluidly.

    Would be great to see someone put together a plugin like Lodgix has for booking natively in WordPress, and syncing with other vacation platforms.

  16. Tyler S.
    Tyler S. September 10, 2014 at 18:41 | | Reply

    Promising plug-in, but in practice so far a disappointment.

    It has been buggy and difficult to use with inadequate documentation and slow support. If you’re a WooCommerce customer, visit the support forum where you can see all the unanswered issues: https://support.woothemes.com/hc/communities/public/topics/200105763-15-WooCommerce-Bookings

    Hope WooCommerce steps it up with their Bookings plug-in; it’s hurting their reputation.

  17. Ashok Rane
    Ashok Rane September 10, 2014 at 20:37 | | Reply

    Hi Tyler,

    Thank you for your feedback. We are working towards improving the User experience of the plugin & towards improving the documentation too.

    The link that you have provided is not a link of our plugin. Our plugin is named “WooCommerce Booking & Appointment Plugin” – by Tyche Softwares. The link you’ve provided is of the Bookings plugin by WooThemes.

    Our support forums link for the Booking & Appointment plugin is at: http://www.tychesoftwares.com/forums/forum/woocommerce-booking-appointment-plugin/

    :Ashok

    1. Tyler S.
      Tyler S. September 10, 2014 at 21:38 | | Reply

      Sorry! Wrong product. Moderator — please delete my first posting.

      I didn’t realize there were two different WooCommerce Booking plug-ins out there. The one I bought and have been setting up (with issues) the past few weeks is the one in the WooCommerce extensions store called WooCommerce Bookings (developed by WooThemes).

      Has anyone tried out both? How do they compare?

      1. Ashok Rane
        Ashok Rane September 10, 2014 at 22:38 | | Reply

        Thank you for the clarification. We (Tyche Softwares) don’t have a comparison at this time.

        :Ashok

  18. Scott
    Scott July 31, 2015 at 00:38 | | Reply

    Very interested in this plug in for my rental business. Everything I have found answers for except 3 questions:

    1 – If we are closed Sundays, so I would black it out for pickups, can the customer still select Sunday as a return date?

    2 – If a customer returns on Thursday, the unit should not be available for pickup on Thursday. Reading other notes it appears this would be an issue as this plug in allows for pickup the same day it is returned.

    3 – If a customer is looking at a specific item, and it is not available, will a list of available items be displayed for the customer’s specific dates?

    1. Vishal Kothari
      Vishal Kothari July 31, 2015 at 06:08 | | Reply

      Hi Scott,

      1. Currently it is not possible to black out certain dates only for pickups or only for returns. We are working on that feature & expect to release that out sometime in next 15 days.

      2. You can use the Rental System Addon with the Booking plugin to avoid this. It has a feature where you can put “Prior days” & “Later days” that should be booked along with any booking. For example, if you enter 1 in “Later days”, then the next day after the return date will automatically become unavailable.

      3. No. It will not list other available items for the dates if one item is unavailable. We do have a widget that allows to search by range of dates & displays all available items within those dates.

      :Vishal

  19. riol
    riol March 24, 2016 at 08:55 | | Reply

    can we set several price for the same product ?
    if the customer select a summer date, set a bigger price ?

    1. Vishal Kothari
      Vishal Kothari March 31, 2016 at 05:31 | | Reply

      Yes. You can do that using the Seasonal Pricing Addon along with the Booking & Appointment Plugin. The addon is available from our website.

  20. Barbara Sorensen
    Barbara Sorensen March 30, 2016 at 17:24 | | Reply

    Does the product send email reminders?

    1. Vishal Kothari
      Vishal Kothari March 31, 2016 at 05:30 | | Reply

      No. Currently we don’t have an option to send email reminders.

  21. Vishal Kothari
    Vishal Kothari April 5, 2016 at 10:42 | | Reply

    @Pejman, A booking can be created from the backend from the Add Order page of WooCommerce.

    :Vishal

  22. Pejman
    Pejman April 5, 2016 at 10:55 | | Reply

    Hey @Vishal but if I add a booking from the back end, I don’t see it in my booking list!Can you help me with that?

  23. Pejman
    Pejman April 5, 2016 at 10:59 | | Reply

    @Vishal

    There is an other problem.
    If I add a new product and I klik in the field to add a date (in the back end), he shows the calender of 1970 🙁 and it is not possible to select a date or change the year.

    1. Vishal Kothari
      Vishal Kothari April 5, 2016 at 11:27 | | Reply

      @Pejam: Can you please post your issues on the plugin support forum at: https://www.tychesoftwares.com/forums/forum/woocommerce-booking-appointment-plugin/ ?

      The support team will get back to you on it tomorrow morning.

      :Vishal

  24. Pejman
    Pejman April 5, 2016 at 23:11 | | Reply

    @vishal thnx

  25. Minerva cruz
    Minerva cruz November 5, 2016 at 00:36 | | Reply

    Good morning. This article is very helpful. Full of insights. Thanks for this. Good job. Good luck.

  26. Birgit
    Birgit November 23, 2016 at 16:16 | | Reply

    Is this still maintained? The demo page says “Error establishing a database connection
    “…

    Thank you for checking 🙂

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