Support » Plugin: The Online Booking Calendar » Install error and/or plugin conflict?

  • Resolved thommo



    Many thanks for the plugin.

    I installed it onto a site that uses WP3.5.1 and hit a problem which I believed to be a conflict with the Fancybox-for-Wordpress plugin. After install, I had a continual Fancybox loading icon in the middle of the screen.

    So, I deactivated WP-OBS and deactivated Fancybox and then reactivated WP-OBS. The loading icon did not reappear. However, I get a message in the WP-OBS panel saying “Sorry, could not load your data, please try again later” and, although I can add an employee and can add a service, if I try to allocate a service to an employee, after selecting the employee I get “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘{‘ in /home/sitename/public_html/blogfolder/wp-content/plugins/the-online-booking-system/employee_allocation.php on line 1”

    Any thoughts about what I need to do to fix this please?

    Many thanks!

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  • I tried deleting the plugin completely from the site including removing all wp_sm_* tables from the database and starting again without Fancybox-for-Wordpress activated but still have the same problem. 🙁

    All other plugins are deactivated too …. still getting the same problem. Could this be a WP 3.5.1 compatibility problem?

    Any advice about how to find the source of this problem would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    Ok, I now have this working. In case anybody else hits the same problems, what I found was:

    1) The “Sorry, could not load your data, please try again later” problem was caused by a problem with the php/datafeed.php file. I fixed it by simply opening it, typing an extra (completely unnecessry) space in it and saving it again. I am guessing that the file format was a problem and “editing” it fixed it.

    2) The “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘{‘ in /home/sitename/public_html/blogfolder/wp-content/plugins/the-online-booking-system/employee_allocation.php on line 1” error was fixed by applying the same technique to the employee-allocation.php file.

    Note for both of the above, I did try completely removing the plugin and downloading a fresh version to see if the problem was with my PC but I got the same problem again so repeated the fix.

    3) WP-OBS does not work with Fancybox-for-Wordpress (shame, I like that plugin). I have disabled the Fancybox plugin and am looking for a good alternative.

    4) I also hit a problem with the booking link. I had added the booking link code snippet to a sidebar widget but this did not work as the link includes a shortcode and shortcodes normally don’t work in widgets. Therefore I added a little plugin to activate shortcodes in widgets and WP-OBS came to life.

    It took a little longer than I had expected but it all seems to be working now.

    Plugin Author wpobs


    Hi Thommo.

    Thanks for the follow up and for reporting this issues. actually this issue only come to live if you are using FTP to extract your files and not doing it via “Binary Mode”

    The team has been very busy working on a brand new v3 release and many of the issues are solved there. We hope to be able to adopt the v3 to the free wordpress version ASAP, but it will be first release as part of the Premium range with the 14 days trial.


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