Bookly – Responsive Appointment Booking Tool (Lite Version)


Bookly Plugin – is a great easy-to-use and easy-to-manage booking tool for service providers who think about their customers. Plugin supports wide range of services, provided by business and individuals service providers offering reservations through websites. Setup any reservations quickly, pleasantly and easy with Bookly!

Key features:

  • User friendly responsive touch optimized front end design
  • Comprehensive admin area with intuitive interface
  • Easy WordPress integration
  • Fully translatable with WPML support
  • Dozens of options to fit your business model
  • Monthly/weekly/daily calendar view for service provider
  • Unlimited colors
  • Customer profiles
  • Unlimited number of services
  • Variable timeslot length
  • Personalized week schedule for provider with unlimited number of breaks
  • Configurable holidays and days-off
  • Importable and manageable list of customers
  • Customizable appearance settings
  • Export of bookings to CSV
  • Custom fields
  • Night shift support
  • SMS notifications
  • SMS reminders

Features available in full version:

  • Google Calendar integration
  • WooCommerce integration
  • Unlimited number of service providers
  • More configurable settings for services
  • PayPal payments
  • Credit card payments through Authorize.Net and Stripe
  • Editable email notifications to customers and service providers
  • Configurable email reminders
  • Payment reports
  • Discount coupons
  • Built-in cart
  • Support for Bookly add-ons

Plugins Resources

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Full version demo

How it works

After a simple installation process, the website owner can start creating services, which can be provided to the customer upon request: events, meetings, lessons, consultations etc. Using integral managing tools, administrators can easily change and customize settings such as set individual schedule for each service provider, set individual service prices, define working days and hours for the whole company and for each service provider separately, manage services, customers, service providers and their availability, view billing information and payment reports with filters on multiple criteria, add and edit appointments, etc. The plugin also has an option to reserve appointments manually through the WP admin panel.

Bookly offers interesting solutions to make booking process pleasant for customers: the only thing that is required from the client is to complete 5 easy steps. The intuitive interface, as well as clear and attractive design make this process extremely easy. Customers have the possibility to find time convenient for appointments, select service provider, book time and pay for services. One more thing that will please your clients is the ability to view the available booking time intervals in their own time zone.

Let’s say you have installed the Bookly plugin, but its default design doesn’t correspond to the appearance of your website. Our developers took care of everything: you can easily modify the booking form design according to your own needs. It’s possible to select the main color and change the fields’ titles and descriptions.

The plugin offers easy and comfortable way of communication between service providers and customers by using e-mail notifications (available in pro version). There are several types of notifications for different cases: reminders, confirmations, follow-ups, agendas etc. You may also send notifications to your staff members, for example to give some information about the next agenda or appointment details. Website owner can manage all notifications settings in the WP admin panel.

Customizable calendar allows looking through appointments schedule for particular service provider and can be displayed in two modes: by weeks and by days. Administrators can also create new appointments and edit the existing ones. There is also an option to assign the color for each category of services for visual convenience.


  • Booking process for a customer

  • Backend features


Minimum Requirements

  • WordPress 3.7 or greater
  • PHP version 5.3.7 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t even need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of Bookly, log in to your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “Bookly” and click Search Plugins. Once you have found our plugin you can install it by simply clicking Install Now. After clicking that link you will be asked if you are sure you want to install the plugin. Click yes and WordPress will automatically complete the installation.

Manual installation

The manual installation method involves downloading our plugin and uploading it to your web server via your favorite FTP application.

  1. Download the plugin file to your computer and unzip it
  2. Using an FTP program, or your hosting control panel, upload the unzipped plugin folder to your WordPress installations wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin from the Plugins menu within the WordPress admin.

Getting started

When the title of the plugin has appeared on your dashboard, you may start the setup. The following steps are required to make it possible for customers use your newly installed plugin:

  • Create staff members of your company;
  • Define category of services and list of services in each category;
  • Determine price and duration of services;
  • Associate services with staff members;
  • Set working schedule for staff member;
  • Add booking form to a website page.

Upon the completion of these steps, customers can book appointments. In the Calendar section of the administrators view, administrators can add the information about appointments manually. Site owner can also look through and set:

  • Appearance mode of booking forms;
  • Individual schedule provided by each staff member;
  • Individual service prices provided by each staff member;
  • Set holidays for the whole company and for each staff member separately;
  • List of customers with contact information;
  • Notifications by email and/or SMS;
  • Payment reports with filters on multiple criteria;
  • Payment methods;


How can I embed the booking form into a post/page?

You can find a button “Add Booking Form” above content editor for a post or a page.


Plugin hanging when trying to create/edit a service


I’m evaluating Bookly as a solution and so far it’s the front-runner for my WP site.

One problem I’m facing though is the inability to edit a service after it’s been added. Clicking the drop-down does nothing.

Also when initially adding a service the loading spinner over the green add button just spins.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Totally useless in its free version and 356 $ if you want basic booking features

Don’t bother donwloading and trying the plugin if you don’t plan to spend hundreds of dollars in additional (and separate) plugins in order to do what other booking plugins can do for a fraction of bookly + it’s addons’ price.

Be aware that bookly scam will sell you each and every little feature, even the most basic, in a separate 20 to 30$ dollars addons. And each time you’ll suggest a new feature or they’ll think about one, they won’t include it in the already expensive 59$ pro version, they’ll sell it to you in another separate 30$ plugin.
Pro version is 59 $ (!!) and offer only very basic features. If you want all other features that should be included in the pro version (and that any honest developer will do) you’ll have to buy – as for now – 12 (yes 12!!) separate addons for a total price of … 297 $ 😀 Yes you read it right…297 $ of addons … + the pro version … so 356 $ if you want to have the booking feature that other plugins offer on envato for 39 to 59$ maximum.

Check on envato, there are alternatives that offers for less than 60$ what bookly and its millions of addons does for 356$. There are even free alternatives that give much of what bookly can do in its paid version + few addons…
Keep in mind ladela (the company) main objective : to take you the maximum of money they can by releasing every single little feature they can find and sale it to you. Fortunately there are only few companies like this on envato (another one i can think of is AIT which sale “directory wordpress theme” which use the exact same scam sales practices.

Works Great

I’ve been using the free version for a client and so far it is working great. Not sure why all the bad reviews. I have had no issues whatsoever.

Can’t make usefull test


Maybe your plugin is what my client need, maybe not, but, because all fonctionnalities are blocked, I can’t make test to validate if it correspond to what I need.
A full feature for a couple of days version would be better than this lite version.

Best Regards

I like it but …

When I add appointment manually ( WordPress/Bookly/Appointments/+New Appointment ) there is nothing in “Payment” column, I mean there should be “Pending” when I created Appointment manually and when client will pay for the treatment locally when I should be able to change Payment status to “Completed”. Thats the only thing whats annoying me or maybe I don’t know how to do it ?

…and how can I remove an email as a mandatory field in the “details” section during the reservation ?

Waste of time

Every possible form of notification is disabled. This “lite” version is literally unusable. I understand the developer wants money, but why even bother with this non-functional lite version? It might as well just be a link that takes you to the purchase page.

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Contributors & Developers

“Bookly – Responsive Appointment Booking Tool (Lite Version)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Added support for Recurring Appointments (Add-on)
  • Added new status Rejected for appointments
  • Added ability to send notifications for deleted appointments
  • Added buttons for quick access to Bookly documentation and support team



  • Fixed Google Calendar error: “Could not json decode the token”


  • Updated Stripe library to version 4.2.0
  • Fixed payments amount in the list of customers
  • Fixed an issue with adding customers to appointments with cancelled participants


  • Fixed time zone issue in cron notifications



  • Added support for Special Hours (Add-on)
  • Fixed issue with Next button at Payments step
  • Fixed lags on staff members’ schedule page



  • Added records in Bookly for payments made with WooCommerce
  • Added compatibility of Deposit Payments (Add-on) with WooCommerce
  • Added new currency KES
  • Fixed unnecessary requests to SMS server


  • Fixed issue with displaying appointments in back-end calendar in Bookly Lite


  • Fixed issue with daylight saving time and Google Calendar
  • Fixed formatting for {next_day_agenda}


  • Fixed updating list of services when category is selected
  • Fixed an issue with linking coupons and services
  • For users of Deposit Payments (Add-on): Please also update the add-on to version 1.1


  • Added support for custom SMS sender IDs
  • Added locations and extras in staff agenda notifications
  • Added creating appointments for WooCommerce orders with status “On Hold”
  • Added cancellation of appointments for refunded/cancelled WooCommerce orders
  • For users of Locations (Add-on): Please also update the add-on to version 1.3



  • Added creating appointments when WooCommerce order with status “Processing” is created
  • Fixed an issue with private services provided by public staff members


  • Added new currency PKR
  • Fixed linking new coupons with services
  • Fixed updating list of services when location is selected
  • Fixed an issue with including Bookly assets in HTTPS pages


  • Fixed saving appointments for some server configurations
  • Minor CSS adjustments


  • Added ability to link coupons with services
  • Added new setting to show/hide service price next to employee name
  • Added more codes to WooCommerce cart item data
  • Added new currency BHD
  • For users of Service Extras (Add-on): Please also update the add-on to version 1.7
  • For users of Locations (Add-on): Please also update the add-on to version 1.1


  • Added support for version 1.6 of Service Extras add-on


  • Added support for version 1.5 of Service Extras add-on


  • Added code [[PAYMENT_TYPE]] in notifications
  • Added ability to delete payments
  • Added ability to display custom fields in appointments list on the front-end
  • Fixed an issue with Google Calendar integration when days were marked as fully booked


  • Fixed time zone issue in WooCommerce orders
  • CSS adjustments
  • For users of Service Extras (Add-on): Please also update the add-on to version 1.4


  • Minor CSS adjustments


  • Added “Test Email Notifications” tool
  • Fixed JS error at Extras step


  • Fixed time zone issue when the first step of booking is skipped
  • Fixed navigation with Back button from cart
  • For users of Service Extras (Add-on): Please also update the add-on to version 1.3


  • Fixed appointment time in notifications to clients



  • Added ability to print appointments list
  • Fixed minor issues with appointments list filter


  • Added booking numbers
  • Added new filters in Appointments
  • Added combined notifications for built-in cart
  • Added payment details
  • Added ability for staff members to approve appointments from email or SMS notifications
  • Added ability to hide particular staff members and services in booking form
  • Added internal note for appointments
  • Updated Authorize.Net to support Akamai network
  • For users of Service Extras (Add-on): Please also update the add-on to version 1.1


  • Added ability to make staff selection required in the first step of booking
  • Added new currency LAK
  • Fixed padding for Google Calendar events
  • Fixed translation into German


  • Added ability to make staff selection required in the first step of booking
  • Added new currency LAK
  • Fixed padding for Google Calendar events
  • Fixed translation into German


  • Fixed selecting staff member in shortcode


  • Added new setting “Cancel appointment action”
  • Fixed regression bug in cron notifications
  • Fixed auto-scroll when going back to the first step of booking
  • Fixed custom fields order in appointments export


  • Added appointment statuses (pending, approved, cancelled)
  • Added new notification types for each appointment status
  • Added ability to reorder cart columns
  • Fixed displaying available days in calendar at the Time step


  • Added new currency ARS
  • Fixed minor issues with scrolling of time slots on mobile
  • Fixed displaying Google Calendar errors


  • Added new currency XOF
  • Fixed time zone issue in WooCommerce when “Display available time slots in client’s time zone” is enabled


  • Important! If you are using Bookly Mulisite add-on you need to update it to version 1.1 or higher
  • Added support for Bookly Service Extras add-on
  • Added support for Mollie (iDEAL payments available)
  • Added ability to set reminders sending time
  • Added ability to show/hide columns in built-in cart
  • Added ability to insert textual content in custom fields


  • Added ability to bind custom fields to services
  • Added export of clients
  • Added new field Info in staff member profile
  • Added new codes [[STAFF_INFO]] and [[GOOGLE_CALENDAR_URL]] in Notifications


  • Added pagination for [bookly-appointments-list] shortcode
  • Added ability to edit button labels in Appearance
  • Added new currency ISK
  • Fixed PHP warnings when paying with PayPal


  • Added filling WooCommerce checkout form with data from Bookly details step
  • Fixed sending notifications when all payment methods are disabled


  • Added built-in cart
  • Added 45 min slots
  • Added support for Payson invoice
  • Added new currencies AED, HRK, VND, NGN and UAH


  • Added new setting “Minimum time requirement prior to cancellation”
  • Added support for WPML in custom fields
  • Added support for WPML in scheduled notifications
  • Added Auto-Recharge in Bookly SMS
  • Added notification about low balance in Bookly SMS
  • Improved back navigation when “Any” is selected for staff member


  • Fixed an issue with validating emails
  • Fixed a problem with booking when reaching the limit of capacity


  • Added support for Bookly Multisite add-on (sold separately)


  • Fixed an issue with cancelling appointments in Google Calendar


  • Fixed an issue with Google_Service_Exception


  • Fixed regression bugs in custom fields and time zones


  • Added Payson payment gateway
  • Added PayU Latam payment gateway
  • Added support for RTL
  • Added payment information in Calendar and Appointments
  • Fixed conflict with Ultimate Member plugin


  • Fixed issue with service name in PayPal


  • Removed shipping address in PayPal
  • Added OMR currency
  • Fixed issues with “padding” of services
  • Fixed issue with switching months in calendar at the second step


  • Updated Dutch and Swedish translations
  • Fixed conflict with some themes due to hex2rgb function


  • Fixed inserting shortcode


  • Added 2Checkout payment gateway
  • Added captcha to custom fields
  • Added ability to disable country selection in phone field
  • Added ability to hide week days and/or time range in the first step of booking
  • Added support for Stripe.js
  • Now Bookly takes into account only Google Calendar events with status “busy”
  • Fixed some issues with WPML and double bookings in WooCommerce cart


  • Fixed disabling SMS and email notifications


  • Added padding time
  • Fixed regression bugs with credit card payments
  • Fixed issue with HTTPS and detecting client’s country by IP


  • Added support for night shifts
  • Fixed “
    ” in company address in emails sent as plain text
  • Fixed issue with the second step not loading when “Show calendar” is enabled


  • Added time slot lengths up to 6 hours
  • Added new setting to send emails as plain text
  • Added new setting to set clients’ email as “reply to” address in email notifications
  • Improved the second step of booking when “Show calendar” is enabled


  • Fixed wrong dates in the popup back-end calendar for time zones behind UTC
  • Fixed time-text in vertical axis of the back-end calendar


  • Added ‘All day’ services
  • Added new code [[LOGIN_FORM]] to the Details step of booking so users can log in at that step
  • Added ability to choose staff members in the back-end calendar
  • Back-end calendar now remembers active view and staff members
  • Added ability to translate category, service and staff member names with WPML


  • Added ability to view appointments of all staff members in the back-end calendar
  • Added ability to navigate to specific dates in the back-end calendar
  • Added ability to edit appointments in the list
  • Fixed issue with displaying dates in calendar at the second step of booking


  • Added support for WPML
  • Added month view in the back-end calendar
  • Added ability to select country in the phone field
  • Added [[STAFF_NAME]] in staff agenda templates
  • Fixed “
    ” in company address in SMS


  • Fixed issue with popups in the back-end on mobile devices
  • Fixed issue with “No time is available for booking”


  • Added SMS notifications
  • Added reusable coupons
  • Added deduction parameter in coupons
  • Added support for database backup/transfer plugins
  • Added ability to specify what information should be placed in Google Calendar event title
  • Added new setting for choosing how Bookly assets should be included in the page (may be helpful in some themes)
  • Improved the look and feel of the admin panel elements
  • Fixed email notifications when WooCommerce is enabled


  • Added ability to use WooCommerce cart with free services
  • Fixed conflict with other plugins that change default time zone in WordPress
  • Fixed issues with Google Calendar events when “Show blocked timeslots” is enabled


  • Updated Authorize.Net library
  • Added support for working hours up to midnight
  • Added translation into Italian
  • Fixed issue with displaying days off in calendar at the second step
  • Fixed problem with creating ab_email_notification table in database
  • Fixed E_STRICT error message


  • Added ability to delete associated WordPress user when deleting customer
  • Added restoring selected week days when going back to the first step of booking
  • Fixed creating new staff members
  • Fixed minor cosmetic issues


  • Added integration with WooCommerce
  • Added new option to allow staff members to edit their profile settings
  • Added auto scroll when the next step’s content is outside of screen


  • Security update to prevent XSS vulnerability
  • Fixed issue with extra slot being excluded when fetching events from Google Calendar


  • Fixed problem with initialization of Bookly in some themes


  • Fixed displaying booking forms in IE9
  • Fixed displaying PayPal errors
  • Fixed bug with repeating days when “Show each day in one column” is enabled


  • Added new code [[CUSTOM_FIELDS_2C]] in Notifications for 2 column formatting ([[CUSTOM_FIELDS]] reverted to old formatting)
  • Fixed issues when creating WP user for logged in customer or not logged in customer uses existing name and email


  • Added ability to assign WP users to customers when editing or creating a new customer
  • Added translation into Dutch


  • Added ability to create WP accounts for customers
  • Added new shortcode for viewing and cancelling customers’ appointments in the front-end
  • Added cancelled appointment notifications
  • Added ability to view appointments as a list in the admin panel
  • Added ability to use HTML tags in Appearance and Custom Fields
  • Improved time zones support


  • Added new selection “Number of persons” in the first step of booking
  • Added new appearance setting “Show calendar”
  • Added new codes [[NUMBER_OF_PERSONS]] and [[TOTAL_PRICE]]
  • Added new currency COP
  • Fixed time in scheduled email notifications when “Display available time slots in client’s time zone” is enabled


  • Added translation into German
  • Added new currency SAR
  • Fixed time in email notifications to clients (regression bug)
  • Fixed an issue when Bookly output is affected by “wpautop”


  • Added new setting to limit the number of fetched events from Google Calendar for 2 way sync
  • Fixed displaying time slots with big time zone offset
  • Fixed a problem with Google Calendar integration (regression bug)


  • Added new setting to restrict the number of days available for booking
  • Added new code [[CANCEL_APPOINTMENT_URL]]
  • Added new currency CLP
  • Fixed the number of displayed time slots at step 2


  • Added ability to reorder items in the lists of services, categories and staff members
  • Added new appearance settings – “Show blocked timeslots” and “Show each day in one column”
  • Fixed regression bugs in the drop down lists in the first step of booking form


  • Added custom fields in export
  • Added new codes [[STAFF_PHOTO]], [[STAFF_EMAIL]], [[STAFF_PHONE]] in email notifications
  • Added option to enable just 1 way sync with Google Calendar
  • Added ability to change “I will pay locally”


  • Added [[CUSTOM_FIELDS]] code in email notifications
  • Added copying custom fields to Google Calendar event
  • Added displaying custom fields’ values in Bookly calendar when capacity is 1
  • Fixed issue when loading lots of events from Google Calendar for step 2


  • Added custom fields (Note that [[CLIENT_NOTES]] has been removed from email notifications)
  • Added support for 100% discount coupons
  • Added payment description in PayPal invoice
  • Fixed export to CSV


  • Fixed popup box issue in calendar in WordPress 4.1
  • Fixed [[CATEGORY_NAME]] in email notifications


  • Fixed redirect after PayPal payment


  • Added minimum time requirement prior to booking from 1 to 48 hours
  • Fixed caching problems on WP Engine hosting
  • Fixed auto selection of newly created customer in the calendar


  • Added option to hide date and time selection at the first step
  • Fixed import of customers


  • Fixed setting GC calendar ID
  • Fixed regression bugs


  • Added 2 way sync with Google Calendar via new API
  • Added coupons
  • Restored notes in the backend calendar when capacity is 1


  • Added new replacement [[SERVICE_PRICE]] for email notifications
  • Added delimiter setting for import from CSV
  • Fixed regression bug in export to Google Calendar


  • Fixed regression bug in cron notifications
  • Fixed regression bug in displaying price next to employee name


  • Added support for multiple bookings
  • Added 5, 10 and 12 minutes time slots
  • Added – Take in account Google Calendar events when displaying available time slots
  • Added – Pre populate name and email for logged in customers
  • Added – Sort categories, services and employees alphabetically


  • Fixed displaying step 5 after PayPal payment (regression bug)


  • Fixed bug when deleting appointment after cancellation
  • Fixed bug in displaying customers list


  • Fixed [[CATEGORY_NAME]] in cron notifications
  • Fixed service selection when go backwards
  • Fixed regression bugs


  • Since this version Bookly requires at least PHP 5.3
  • Added new payment method – Stripe
  • Skip payment step for free services
  • Fixed issues with HTTPS
  • Fixed cancellation link for appointments created in the backend


  • Added support
  • Added new replacement [[CATEGORY_NAME]] both in appearance and email notifications settings
  • Bug fixes


  • WordPress 4.0 support
  • Fixed translation into French
  • Fixed cron notifications
  • Fixed Google Calendar formatting
  • Clear plugin data upon uninstalling


  • Added automatic export to Google Calendar
  • Added time zones support
  • Added time slot length setting
  • Added customer search field when editing appointment
  • Added cancel appointment link
  • Added 22 new currencies
  • Added possibility to edit form labels
  • Added possibility to enter CSS code for main color
  • Added setting to disable last minute appointments
  • Added export appointments feature
  • Added import customers feature
  • Fixed first day of week


  • Added new field Notes at Details step
  • Added RUB, SEK, DKK
  • Fixed date and time in email notifications on non-English web sites


  • New replacement [[STAFF_NAME]] in Appearance (old replacements [[BY_SERVICE_PROVIDER_NAME]] and [[BY_STAFF_NAME]] are deprecated)
  • Translation into French
  • Fixed bug with datepicker on non-English web sites


  • Fixed sending emails to staff
  • Updated translations


  • Added decimal prices
  • Don’t display non-working days
  • Bug fixes