We recently released an enhancement to the calendar synchronization feature in WebReserv. You can now customize your iCal URL by rental, tour, or room. This upgrade will allow you to sync bookings, per product to your chosen calendar site such as Airbnb, VRBO, or Google. This will make it easier to manage bookings on the various sites you use.
To access the new links in your WebReserv account, go to the Setup →Business Information → Advanced Options. You’ll see the iCal section under External Calendar Synchronization (iCal, Airbnb, Google, Apple and others).
Here you can select which URL you want to add to your external calendar ⇒ choose All or just for a certain product. Copy the URL and paste into your other calendars.
Note: Each external calendar integration will have its own steps to add the URL. See the Help for that calendar for complete instructions.
In addition, you can further customize the data that is shown on the calendar using keywords from the booking. Enter your choice of text and keywords in the Title and Body section of the setup, and this information will populate your calendar when a new booking is made in WebReserv.
Once you add the URL to the chosen calendar, then when you receive a booking in WebReserv, it will be shown on the calendar on the day of the booking. Viola!
Today, you can find several great website builders that will allow you to create your website easily and without any specific knowledge or requirement. SquareSpace is one of those builders. If you are creating your website with SquareSpace, use this simple guide to quickly add the WebReserv booking calendar to your SquareSpace website. It’s very easy.
1. Copy HTML code from your WebReserv account
If you don’t have a WebReserv account, you can create a free one here. If you already have a WebReserv account, login and click Website from the top menu.
Select the version of the calendar, the calendar options and the appearance. Click here for more information about calendar options and colors.
We have added support for automatic adjustment of the Booking Calendar height. By using automatic height adjustment, you will eliminate empty spaces below the Booking Calendar as well as the scroll bar on the right side of the Booking Calendar.
As an added benefit, the Booking Calendar will automatically scroll to the top whenever the customer clicks to a new page, thereby making it easy for the customer to see what to do next and how to complete the booking without excessive scrolling.
This feature uses the latest HTML5 standards. Please note that it may not work correctly with older browsers, and it cannot be used with pop-up windows such as PayPal payments. We expect that browsers eventually will support this, but it may be months or even years before the majority of all browsers will support this feature. If you accept PayPal payments, we do not recommend that you use this feature. Read the rest of this entry »
More and more customers make bookings using their smartphone. We can tell from the website traffic hitting the WebReserv system. The number of visitors using a smartphone or tablet is rapidly increasing.
This is true in particular for businesses offering tours and recreational rentals, such as bike rentals, boat rentals, city tours, segway tours and so on. In fact, we expect that smartphone bookings will outnumber desktop/laptop/tablet bookings for recreational rentals and activities within the next 18-24 months. If you offer recreational rentals or tours, it’s paramount that your website and booking system supports smartphones – otherwise you’re likely to lose business.
Fortunately, the new Booking Calendar 2.0 already supports smartphones/mobilephones. This article explains how you easily can modify your booking calendar to look great on smartphones. It does require some HTML/CSS knowledge, so if you’re not the person developing your website, pass this article on to your website designer. Read the rest of this entry »