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- Admin permissions to manage integrations.
- WordPress.com account with a Business plan, or a hosted website with the free WordPress.org software.
- Ability to copy and paste into your website code or have some helpful person do this for you!
- The WordPress feature is available to both those using items (Inventory > Items), a key feature of our classic version of Checkfront, and those using products (Inventory > Products), a key feature of our newest version of Checkfront.
New to Checkfront - Products ✨
Products (Inventory > Products) is the successor feature to (Inventory > Items) and is available in our newest version of Checkfront.
Discover more product-related help articles here: Products (New).
This article is an introduction to the WordPress plugin feature with information on how to install and activate the booking plugin.
Please read the full series of articles, accessed at the side and bottom of this page, to learn more about the full capability of the WordPress plugin.
About WordPressBack to top
Learn more here:
OverviewBack to top
Checkfront has created a plugin for WordPress which enables you to generate a shortcode, paste it into your webpage, and publish a booking portal for your Customers to reserve their items or products.
Once configured, the plugin takes care of the complicated code required to display the portal. All you need to do is add the shortcode to your page and we take care of the rest.
If you want to alter the way the booking portal appears or behaves, then you can do that by adding arguments to the shortcode. This guide shows you just how to do that.
Learn more about the benefits of the Checkfront and WordPress plugin integration here:
Installing the WordPress pluginBack to top
Unlike our Booking Widget integration method, the WordPress-based booking widget requires the installation of a plugin.
The two methods yield similar results, but by installing the WordPress plugin, you avoid a complicated mass of code and are able to make changes to your website URL without needing to edit any code on your webpage.
If you've used WordPress before, then you're probably familiar with the process of finding plugins and installing them on your server. If not, then don't panic! It's very easy to do and takes just a few moments to complete.
In the following steps, we show you exactly how to do this with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Searching for and installing the pluginBack to top
The first step is to locate the Checkfront plugin within the WordPress Plugin Directory. Navigate to your WordPress dashboard.
- Click on the Plugins menu in the left sidebar.
- Click Add New.
- Enter Checkfront in the search field and press Enter.
- When the Checkfront plugin appears, click Install Now.
Activating the pluginBack to top
It takes but a moment for the plugin to be installed, after which you must activate the installed plugin. From here, you click on the button labelled Activate.
Once the plugin is activated, you see a confirmation at the top of the screen.
The plugin is now visible on your list of active plugins and you also see Checkfront under the Plugins menu in the left sidebar.
Click on this Checkfront link to continue the plugin activation process.
On the next screen, you see a Quick Start section at the top with text instructions on how to proceed, in addition to a video Quick Start Guide at the bottom of the page.
Directly below the Quick Start text instructions is a white box labelled Setup. Here you find a field to enter your Checkfront Host URL.
The Checkfront URL is the URL by which you access your Checkfront admin area and was chosen by you when you first created your account. It is most likely [BusinessName].checkfront.com. In our example below, we use demo.checkfront.com.
Finally, enter the Checkfront Host URL and click Update to save your changes.
If everything went according to plan, then you see an Updated! message in the Setup box.
Pay close attention to your Checkfront Host URL. Depending on where you are located, your URL may not end with .com. It may, for instance, end with .co.uk.
Entering this incorrectly is a common mistake, so double-check before entering it in the field, just to make sure!
Next, we look at how to access the shortcode generator from WordPress or within Checkfront.