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Salon Booking 3.3 is out now

Hi again!

We are ready with a new version that we hope you’ll enjoy.

We’ve added two interesting features:

 

1 – Front-end booking form colour customiser

salon-booking-custom-colors-demo

Now you can easily change the colours combination of the booking form in order to match it with your website brand identity.

Just go to “Settings > Style” and play with three colours settings. We’ve also added a realtime preview of your new colours to keep you customisation as much simple as possible.

 

2 – Check-out as a quest option

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We’ve added ad new tab section inside “Settings” called “Check-out”. Here you can find “Enable guest check-out” option.

If enabled users can choose to checkout without creating an account inside your WordPress install.

Be careful using this option as you’ll not have customers details stored inside Salon Booking section for those customers that choose to checkout as guest.

As usual we’ve even fixed some bugs and here you can find the whole list:

– Ip1sms bug fix
– Google Calendar booking URL fixed
– Removed CDN links
– Pages transition effect and date/time picker fixed
– Resend email notification option fixed
– Back-end calendar daily view fixed
– Holiday rules for assistants not saved fixed

 

Did you know that we have also released a first official add-on?

Take a look at “Squareup payment method” here.

Next week we’ll release a second official add-on

Mollie payment method”.

And we keep on developing new add-ons that will empower Salon Booking.

For any kind of enquiry and issue please write us at support@wpchef.it

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Use Square as payment method on Salon Booking

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Salon Booking plugin has its first official add-on “Squareup payment method”.

We’ve finally released the first of a long series of add-ons that will empower the Salon Booking plugin functionalities.

We’ve started with a new payment method that will allows you to process online payments with the famous Square platform.

Square is available for online payments only for USA and Canadian users but they plan to be available in new countries in the future.

More information on Squareup payment method add-on here.

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Salon Booking 3.2.1

Hi again! We are back with a new version that we want to introduce to you.

Let’s start with the new features added:

 

Change booking form steps order

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Most of you were waiting for this feature so bad.
Now you can offer to your customers a new booking experience as they can start selecting services first then assistants and so the date and time slot.

This way makes the booking process much more usable as the customers will see only the available slots for the combination of services/assistant they desire.

 

Holidays rules for assistants

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We know that even your assistants need to have holidays so you can now set their days off inside the detail page of each of your staff member.

 

Reports

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We’ve added a brand new section called “Reports” where you can control your salon trends and results. We’ve started with a basic stats on your reservations numbers and revenues. Our plan is to add progressively new smart indexes that will help you understanding how your business is going.

In this version we’ve also fixed a bunch of bugs and made little improvements.

We need your precious help to discover them and to make the platform even better.

So send us your feedback!

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Salon Booking little but useful settings

Read this post to discover some Salon Booking little but useful settings that you could have missed but that can help you out with your booking system needs.

 

Grouping service by category

If you want to group your services by categories in order to display them into an accordion like this on front-end booking form:

 

salon-booking-accordion-demo

 

You only need to go inside your service page detail and create your categories first, then associate the categories to your services like this:

salon-booking-category-demo

 

 

Drag&drop ordering services

To change the order of the services displayed inside your bookmaking form you only need to go to the services archive page and drag&drop them like this:

salon-booking-drag&drop-demo

 

 

Define your bookings management pages

These options are placed inside “Settings > Booking rules” and you should setup them only the first time you install Salon booking.

Let’s see what’s they are for in details.

 

salon-booking-page-settings-demo

 

Booking page

You should select the page where you have placed the booking form [*salon/*] short-code. This setting is important when you request the payment to the client. When he receive the email notification with the payment link he will be redirected to this page to complete the payment process.

 

Thank you page

Is where you want to redirect your customers after they complete a reservation.

 

Booking my account

Is the page where you have placed the [*salon_booking_my_account*]  short-code that generates the personal account page for your customers.

 

Hide Bootstrap to avoid conflicts

Some WordPress themes use Bootstrap as a resource. As Salon Booking use it as well this redundancy could create problems on the front-end booking form and generates other layout issues. Enable this option if you are experiencing this kind of issues and see if it solves your problem.

salon-booking-hide-bootstrap-option

 

 

 

Hide prices

In certain cases you would not need to display the prices of your services to customers. Then you could enable this option to hide them from the booking form.

Consider that when this option is enabled you cannot request online payments.

salon-booking-hide-prices-option

 

 

Trunk trailing 0 prefix

Some countries use to have a 0 at the beginning of the local number. This could create problem with Plivo o Twilio providers that will not send SMS notifications to the destination numbers.

If this is your case activate this option.

 

salon-booking-trunk-trailing-option

 

 

That’s it for the moment. If you have any doubts on Salon booking settings don’t hesitate sending us an email, we’ll be happy to help you out.

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Thanks to our first 1.000 users worldwide

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We are very proud to see that 1.000 users worldwide have choose Salon Booking plugin to manage their business.

This first little but important goal give us the power to keep on working on the improvement of this platform in order to offering you the best experience possible.

We have already announced that Salon Booking will be equipped by many different official add-On’s that will empower his functionalities.

The first one will be the Multi Shop add-on that we’ll release as a free Beta version by the end of May.

Every month will release new features and new official add-on that will make Salon Booking even better.

For this reason your feedback, your suggestions and critics are an essential source of inspiration and guide for our daily work.

We would be very happy to hearing from you what’s your experience with our plugin and what you suggest to us to make it better.

So consider to invest ten minutes of your time to fill out this form and share your personal experience as Salon Booking user.

Thank you all 1.000!!!

 

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Website URL

Where the website owner is based

Tell us something about your experience with Salon Booking and what's your suggestion

 

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Promote Salon Booking plugin and get your 30%

We’ve finally launched our first affiliation marketing program that will allows you to earn a 30% as a fee on every new paid sale.

The system is very straightforward. You can apply as our affiliate filling out the form on these page:

Affiliation marketing program

Then you simply get a code of our creatives, embed them inside your website or newsletter.

You can even use just the referral URL end use it inside a blog post or wherever you want.

You’ll get the 30% of the price list of one of our PRO licenses listed out here:

Pricing

In the future we’ll apply this program even on our official add-ons.

So, get your creatives and spread the voice on Salon Booking.

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Notify reservations on Google Calendar account of your assistants

With 3.1 version of Salon Booking plugin you can share upcoming reservations on Google Calendar account of your assistants.

Let’s see how.

First you need to have the Google Calendar synchronization option enabled and correctly set.

Then ask your assistant to share one of his Google Calendar with you.

How? Ask him to go on his Google Calendar account settings and to select one of his calendars to be used for Salon Booking reservations.

He need to click on “share this calendar” option and then add the email address used for Google Calendar account of your salon. Make sure he selects the “make changes to events” option.

 

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Now go back to the assistant detail page on Salon booking and select his Google Calendar account email address from this drop-down menu.

salon-booking-assistant-google-calendar

That’s it! Now every time this assistant is booked for an appointment he will see this reservations inside his Google Calendar.

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Salon Booking plugin 3.1 is ready to take off

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Tomorrow morning we’ll release a new update of Salon Booking the 3.1 version. Firstly we start with the FREE version in order to collect the feedbacks from our users on eventual bugs then on next Monday will be ready for all our PRO users.

 

What’s new on this update? Let’s see in details:

 

– Google Calendar synchronization for assistants

Now your assistants can check the reservations where they have been involved on their Google Calendar account.
Soon an easy tutorial on how to setup this brand new feature.

 

– Front-end booking form text customizations

A lot of you always asking to change some words on front-end booking form. Then we’ve implemented a very simple method to do that. As salon administrator you can go on your booking form put the mouse over the text then with a click you can change it live. Every changes will be automatically saved and stored inside the database. You can always change them.

 

salon-booking-custom-text-demo

 

– E-mail notifications to customers after booking updates

Let’s say that the salon administrator makes some changes on existing reservation, such as the appointment date or service.
Once the reservation has been “Updated” an email notification will be sent to the customer.

 

– Added a “CANCEL BOOKING” button inside the email notification to users

In order to improve the usability of the “Booking cancellation” option we’ve added a button inside the email notifications that will be linked to the “Booking my account” page where your customers can manage their reservations.

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To enable this you need to set your “Booking My Account” page inside “Settings > Booking rules” inside the “Booking cancellation box.

 

– Avoiding reservations that exceeds the salon closing time

This improvement is self-explanatory. If you close your salon at  8PM all the reservations that would exceed this time will not be allowed. That’s it

 

 

What’s next?

We are already working to a new important option that will allows you to change the steps order of the booking process.

We also count to complete by the end of this month our first add-on “Multi Shops” that will make possible to manage multiple locations salons from the same WordPress installs.

Did you already applied for our official debugging teams?  If not take a look at this post.

Are you a Salon Booking enthusiast user? Consider to leaver a 5 star review on WordPress.org this will help us to do better and better.

Thanks to you all!

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Join our official debugging team

We strive to provide our customers the best experience possible with Salon Booking.
For this reason we are planning to setup a group of 20 official debuggers users that will help us discovering any kind of bugs inside our plugin and its future add-ons.

To apply as official debugger you only need to fill out the form below and follow our guidelines.

 

What we are looking for?

20 heavy users of Salon Booking from different countries and time zones with different languages that will have to perform some standard tests within 72 hours after the debugging announcement.

Once performed the tests they will need to fill-out a report with the tests results.

This kind of tasks will help us solves eventual bugs and other kid of issues before we release a new version.

 

What we offer in exchange?

– 5 activations PRO license of Salon Booking Plugin with no time limits

– 5 activations PRO licenses of every future Salon Booking official add-ons with no time limits ( Multi Shops – will be the first one )

 

What if an official debugger would not comply with our deadlines?

– If the debugging tests and reports fulfillment will not be done within the defined term (72h from the debugging announcement date) or will not be done at all, all the PRO licenses activated will be terminated.

 

 

FILL OUT THIS APPLICATION FORM

 

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Website URL

Country

Language used for Salon Booking

Business sector

Why would we accept your application as official debugger?

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Manage complex assistants services shifts with Salon Booking

In this short guide I’ll show you how to easily manage complex assistants and services shifts with Salon Booking.
You know that with Salon Booking you can manage your salon weekly timetable using the “Booking rules” placed inside the “Settings” section of the plugin.

These rules allow you to control your salon availability during the week.

What’s happen if you have some assistants and/or some services that does’t not follow your “standard” weekly shift?

If you have, for example, an assistant that works for you only on Monday in the afternoon and on Friday in the morning, how you should manage this specific shift inside your booking system?

It’s pretty easy. With Salon booking you can go inside the detail page of this assistant and create some “booking rules” that will be applied only for him.

This is how the booking rule looks like:

salon-booking-assistant-booking-rules

 

 

The same thing happens if you have for example one or more services that you provide only on specific days and time of the week.

Let’s say for example that you provide a massage session only one time a week from 1PM to 6PM. How to handle this?

This way:

salon-booking-service-booking-rules

 

Now you create as many booking rules as you want for each assistants you have and each services you provide in order to control even the most complex shifts.

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