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How to Display Your Availability on Your Website

This Guide 

This guide is intended to help Anytime Booking account holders choose which search and/or availability calendars to use on your website and to help you understand what options exist for your booking form.

What is a Widget?

The word ‘widget’ is a generic term for a bit of code that is put on your website to display a program, or a piece of a program – in this case, the widget displays your availability calendar or searches it for availability.

An availability calendar enables you to show potential guests when your holiday accommodation is available for rent and when it is already booked out.

You can choose between one to twelve month calendars for each unit on your account.

This widget is responsive, which means the view will adapt to any sized screen on any device.

Widgets work better on Units than on Sub-Units, so they work best for businesses with a simple category structure, such as glamping and self-catering businesses.

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Website Integration Guide for Developers

This help guide provides useful information about integrating Anytime Booking with a website and is aimed at the website developer, with some basic technical guidance. Depending on the CMS the website is based around, the web developer will need to interpret this guide and make adaptations. The Anytime Booking account holder will be able to use this guide to make an informed decision about which search and/or availability calendars they wish to use on their website.

With regard to Widgets, please note that if the Anytime Booking account holder is using a self-build website, such as Wixx, Vistaprint, Mr.Site, 1and1 or Webs.com, the javascript used in these websites can interfere with the code in the widgets, stopping them from working.

In these cases we would normally advise account holders in this situation to use a ‘Book Now’ button to take your customers to your booking page.

Please note that we can provide you with any number of single unit availability calendars and EITHER one multi-unit availability calendar OR one search widget (horizontal or vertical) free of charge but the production of additional widgets is chargeable.

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Mobile Responsive Booking Form

In the Autumn of 2015, we launched Version 4 of the customer-facing booking form, improving its layout and making it responsive to help customers book holidays on different size devices.

Depending on whether your customer is using a desktop, laptop, small tablet or smart phone, the booking form will resize to give the customer the best possible experience in making an online booking – and a good experience means repeat business!

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Daily Multi-Unit Calendar

We have a ‘daily multi-unit’ availability calendar available.

This calendar widget is completely mobile friendly and displays one month at a time.

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Customising The Booking Form

You may want to customise elements of your customer facing booking process. This guide will explain the function of each tab and show examples of when they can be used.

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Monthly availability calendars widget

What is a calendar widget?

The word widget is a generic term for a bit of self-contained code that displays a program, or a piece of a program – in this case your availability calendar.

An availability calendar enables you to show potential guests when your holiday accommodation is available for rent and when it is already booked out.