As an owner of an equipment rental business, I am trying to help the developer of our website identify a suitable booking/on-line payment plug-in.
In the rental business being developed, each piece of rental equipment is a separate “resource” with its own availability status, and its own pricing that varies with the length of the rental period. Probably due to my own lack of technical expertise, I'm having trouble figuring out whether the WP-Booking Calendar discussed here will do all or most of the following:
§ Allow prices for each “resource” to be administratively set (and modified) by rental period. Rental periods may be, for example, by day, weekend, week, month.
§ Show the calendar availability of each resource. Each resource will have its own product description/selection page on the website.
§ Allow the customer to select and provisionally reserve on-line rental periods for rental dates that are available, and disallow reservations for rental periods and dates that are not available.
§ Provide a check-out/payment function that tells the customer what they have to pay in total to reserve one or more pieces of equipment, plus administratively defined add-ons like security deposit (or insurance fee), delivery charges, taxes, etc.
§ Accept the customer payment (or integrate with a payment system), and generate an e-mail confirmation of the reservation to the customer and the administrator.
§ Update the availability calendar for that resource.
Would appreciate learning of the experiences of current users of the plug-in or suggested alternatives.