Appointment Booking Calendar allows you to accept online bookings from a set of available time-slots in a calendar.
I work for a chiropractor that wanted to launch online appointments without having a huge back end that took multiple steps just to make a simple appointment. We didn't need billing (which this can do), and we didn't need to store our patients information or provide logins. We just wanted a super easy to use plug in that made the appointments and put them on our calendar. This is perfect! The price of the plug in is great, and we did request some customizations. The cost for the customizations was very fair. I had a lot of questions and needed some help here and there making things just right, and their customer support was always prompt and very helpful. This is been perfect for us, and we are very excited to be implementing our new appointment system.
I am talking about premium version as free version is quite limited and it forces you to use Paypal so let's consider this as almost 100% commercial plugin.
The plugin is full of potential for the price, specially comparing prices for other pro calendar versions out there. More than enough set of configurations but without being overwhelming or extremely difficult to use.
In particular I liked the way you can set up your calendar spots in an individual fashion, so you can end with trully custom calendars. It is possible to set up each appointment time slot for any given time and date, with its specific duration and its specific max capacity... Because yes: (message for other pro calendar developers out there) real people and business timetables are messy, difficult and sometimes even weird (yes some client of mine has appointment slots of 5 minutues, and then of 3 minutes, and then of 20 minutes, and the next day is different, and so on...).
Very quick and professional support (answer and update in less than 24 hours), and the code is clean and understandable so I could tweak it easily to add user access control support for specific roles and user groups.
(Although not very fair with the tricky commercial strategy regarding free version. I think is adviced anyway in plugin description)
I bought the premium plug-in because I needed optional services and multi-site compatibility, and I have not been dissappointed. I feel this is very reasonably priced, especially when compared to the alternatives out there, like Mindbody.com (£60.00 per month) and Eventbrite (which is not a WPress plug-in but charges a % for every sale).
After 6 months I paid Codepeople for some additional support to sort out a technical glitch I was experiencing and also get a change to my Paypal requirements. My queries were dealt with quickly, patiently and thoroughly by Karen/the support team, and I felt they went over and above what they needed to do for me.
As a small business owner/sole trader, this plug-in is essential for me to run my business efficently and I feel really good to know that the support is there if and when I need it. I'm really happy with the plug-in and feel it is better than anything else I have found. Thanks CodePeople.
The plugin installed no problem and I found customizing the form very straight forward and easy. I was having problems with some CSS though. I contacted support and after a few emails back and forth got some code changed. I'm just learning CSS, maybe the instructions weren't as obvious to me as they would have been to someone with more knowledge of this but Karen from the Support Team was awesome - always a quick reply and so helpful. Thank you so much for your help! I love this plugin!!
1 no monthly subscription :-)
2 I wanted to make my own website, as a sole trader I didn't have the funds for most of the calendars. They were too complicated, I couldn't understand the terminology and they were too expensive. Also the more expensive calendars are not geared up for what I needed, which was to book groups or individuals in to do a one day oil painting workshop.
3 after reading about this one I realised that if I make the one off payment, then I would get help the help I needed. I did and someone worked with me, she was fab! She worked tirelessly with me to help me. Nothing was too much trouble. It is value for money.
I'm not sure if your allowed to show my "booking calendar" on my site but I'm sure they will delete this bit if it's not allowed. So that you can see it working.. [ link redacted, please do not post links in the reviews section ]
As a positive, building on what a lovely plugin it already is, I would love to see an up to date video clip on YouTube. There is one someone has put on, which helps but it is out of date. The videos really do help people and they would stop people like me wasting getting in touch for help.
Thank you for your help and support :-)
It's a perfect plugin for people giving classes, like yoga. You can make several bookings for the same date and time, like I need it.
This plugin is really good. I think that is the only plugin for appointments that writes the appointment in your database and has all the features you need to design an appointment system. You are no dependant of other Webs.
New features in the last version are really usefull, and the traslation has been included. Great!
Congratulatios to the development team. They have others plugins really good, as Calculated Fields Form, for instance.
I have bought the pro version of appointments and looking forward to buy the pro version of Calculated Fields Form.
We´re using the software for the organisation of appointments with job applicants.
I can recommend it really very much. I would buy it again - and I WILL buy it again for another project.
Greetings from Austria
Great support by Karen, they are very flexible in adjusting the plugin to our wishes. Keep up the good work!
Hi 5 to Codepeople.
The plug-in is really powerful and easy to customize. As for the support.. A member stood by me during 3 days to solve an issue I had. I'm now using their appointment booking calendar plug-in on my client's web.
5 stars are well deserved, for both the product and the support.
And concerning the paypal feature in the free version... Guys, what else would you use? :D
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