How to create a booking engine for your WordPress website

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If you run a small business like a hair salon, consulting service, restaurant or manage a hotel, being able to book an appointment directly from your website can play a crucial role in converting visitors to your site into reservations and customers.

The good news is that this is much easier to do than most people imagine, especially if you’re using WordPress. With its massive developer community, there are many booking plugins you can get, customized for your specific need. And that’s what we will be trying to navigate today.

If your business is a consulting service/salon: BirchPress

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BirchPress is an easy-to-use booking management system that allows your customers to make reservations online, and make payment using a credit card using PayPal, choosing from different options, such as service, provider and location. It also makes it easy for you, with options to sync the booking to your calendar (Google, iCal, iPhone, Android or Outlook) so you never miss a beat.

If you run a restaurant or café: Restaurant Reservations

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Part of a suite of plugins for restaurants, Restaurant Reservations is one of the most robust reservation systems that help both front of house and back of house staff prepare for guests. There are also several paid add-ons that extend the functionality of your booking system. Being able to automatically adding people who make a reservation in MailChimp (after opting in, of course) is one that seems tremendously useful.

If you run a team and need power features: Team Booking

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Team booking is an attractive plugin out of the box. Its killer feature is that it allows for teams to syncs each person’s Google calendar according to the bookings. You can also manage availability of services, and send customized emails on confirmation of customer bookings.

If you manage facilities: Bookly

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Bookly is a fully featured and beautiful booking management plugin that integrates many payment systems. Its standout feature set allows you to quickly and easily create a great user experience.

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