Read this introduction to the WordPress plugin feature with information on installing and activating the booking plugin.
To learn more about the functionality of the WordPress plug, please read the entire series of articles accessed at the side and bottom of this page.
- Accessing the shortcode generator for the WordPress plugin
- Configuring basic options for the WordPress plugin
- Configuring advanced options for the WordPress plugin
- Working with the WordPress plugin shortcode
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What prerequisites are there?
- 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!
Which Checkfront version supports this feature - classic, new, or both?
- 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.
Not yet on our newest version and interested in upgrading? Please get in touch with our Technical Support team for more information.
Discover more product-related help articles here: Products (New).
About WordPressBack to top
Wordpress is a content management system (CMS) used to build websites and blogs. Both self-hosted (WordPress) and hosted solutions (WordPress.com) are available.
Learn more here:
WordPress plugin 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 how the booking portal appears or behaves, then you can add 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 can make changes to your website URL without needing to edit any code on your webpage.
If you've used WordPress before, you are 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 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 now 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 the URL in the field.
Next, we look at how to access the shortcode generator from WordPress or within Checkfront.
Accessing the shortcode generator for the Wordpress plugin >