Services can be created from the “Services” page. The page is subdivided in tabs to allow the various settings that affect a service.
1. Provide a name that describes your service. Please try to keep this short and descriptive as it may come handy when you have defined several services. This will enable you to quickly distinguish one from the other at a glance. Additionally, it is possible to list services in a dropdown list in the front-end. In that case, this same name will be used so remember to keep it short and descriptive.
2. Select a mode for your service. This will dictate the way Calendarista behaves in the front-end. Remember you are simply selecting the behavior. You will be able to set the actual date(s) and how these repeat later when setting the availability.
a. Single day
i. In the front-end, the booking calendar will allow selecting only a single day. This mode does not support time slots.
b. Single day and time
i. In the front-end, the booking calendar will allow selecting one or more timeslots. By default, only a single slot selection is allowed. To enable multiple slot selection, this is a separate setting that needs to be enabled elsewhere.
c. Single day and time range
i. In the front-end, the booking calendar will allow selecting a single day and will include selection list for start - end time. The lists are intelligent to adjust to user selection. If Start is for 4:00pm, then End will allow selecting a slot after 4:00pm and not before.
d. Multi date range
i. In the front-end, the booking calendar will allow selecting multiple dates in a range. This mode allows you to also set a special cost if x number of days or more are selected.
e. Multi date and time range
i. In the front-end, the booking calendar will allow selecting multiple dates in a range and in addition, the start date and end date will include a companion start time/end time list box for time. This mode allows you to also set a special cost if x number of days or more are selected.
f. Multi date range with Changeover
i. In the front-end, the booking calendar will allow selecting multiple dates in a range. The start and end dates are your changeover days and will be denoted on the calendar accordingly. This is a typical setup for hotels where customers check-out in the morning and check-in during the afternoon and vice versa.
i. In the front-end, the customer is presented with a list box containing one or more packages. A single package is an availability containing one or more days. For example, you may have an availability that starts on 01/12/2017 and repeats weekly every Monday until 01/12/2018. You only need to set the number of days to include in the package and optionally seat no. of seats. More on this in the section titled Packages.
h. Round trip
i. In the front-end, the customer will be allowed to select a Departure date and Return date. Supports setting a separate cost for return. Return date is a required field by default but can be made optional.
i. Round trip with time
i. In the front-end, the customer will be able to select a Departure date and time along with the Return date and time. Supports setting a separate cost for return. Return date and time are required fields by default but can be made optional.
j. Single day and time with padding
i. In the front-end, the customer will be able to select a date and time. Time can include paddings, which allows you some preparation time between bookings.
This covers the necessary settings required to create a service. Now click the “Create New” button and load the “Availability” tab covered in the next section.
Modes that include multi date range, support special features such as min/max day booking restrictions you can place in addition to property turn over days to allow you some prep time between bookings and booking notice, which restricts from bookings taking place too soon or to restrict from booking too far into the future. You will also be able to control what days of the week it is possible to check-in and check-out.