WooCommerce Bookings Availability Search Widget
With this guide, we will cover one of the widely used functionalities in online bookings, i.e, the WooCommerce Bookings Availability Search.
The WooCommerce Bookings Availability Search feature lets customers perform a quick search based on their preferred date and see all the available bookings between the date.
Read along and see how to provide the same functionality on your WooCommerce store with the help of the WooCommerce Bookings Availability Search Widget using WooCommerce Bookings and Appointments.
What is WooCommerce Bookings Availability Search Widget?
The WooCommerce Bookings Availability Search feature introduces a widget on your website that customers can use to search for a suitable booking within a specific date range.
This feature allows customers to enter the ‘from’ and ‘to’ dates and search for all the available bookings for that range. The plugin then lists all available bookings to make it convenient for the customers to find what they are looking for.
Note: The Widget will be displayed only on the Website Home Page and Shop Page
How to Set up the Search Widget with the WooCommerce Bookings plugin?
The Bookings Availability Search Widget is a perfect tool for hotel room bookings where you offer different types of rooms. As you know, it’s a rather tiring task to check for the availability of each room based on your preferred date.
Besides, if customers can’t find what they are looking for within a couple of searches, there is a high chance that they will end up looking somewhere else.
The WooCommerce Bookings Availability Search Widget is an intuitive way to find the desired room. All they need to do is search for the dates, and the plugin will display only those rooms which are available on that date.
Let’s consider a business case to understand how this works.
Allow customers to rent a room that is available throughout a particular week(7 days).
Customer: I provide rooms on rent and most of the time our rooms are booked. We need a mechanism where the customers can just enter the dates they want to book a room. Based on the dates, they can see all the available products that they can book.
Solution using the WooCommerce Bookings and Appointments plugin
Follow the steps below to set up a hotel room rental based on the scenario above.
- Install the WooCommerce Bookings Availability Search Widget
- Visit the Appearance => Widgets to enable the widget and add it to the website
- Click on the Booking Search widget and choose where you want to place the widget
- Click on Add Widget
- Enter the name that you want to display for the widget, for example, Check Booking Availability, and click on Done
How to use the Bookings Availability Search Widget?
Once the plugin is installed and the widget is set up, you can visit your website shop page and find the search option there. This can be seen in the image below.
You can enter the date based on your preference in the ‘from’ and ‘to’ sections. The search widget provides the complete calendar for the customers to select.
The plugin will display available bookable products that are available during the time period defined by the customers. Based on the above example, the following product is shown.
WooCommerce Bookings and Appointments plugin is the one-stop bookings solution when it comes to WooCommerce store owners. The plugin supports multiple booking scenarios and additional customized solutions, one of which is discussed in this article.
If you have any queries regarding the plugins discussed above, or you have a complex booking scenario, feel free to contact our Contact PluginHive Support. We will try our best to help you find a solution and set up your online WooCommerce store.
Happy selling! 🙂