Are you new to WordPress? Please read the first article in this series for an introduction to our WordPress integration.
Which plans include this feature?
Where can I find this feature using the top menu?
Manage > Integrations > Website Integration > WordPress
What more do I need to use this feature?
- 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?
- This feature is available in both our classic version using items (Inventory > Items) and our newest version using products (Inventory > Products). → Learn more about products
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 finding and installing plugins on your server. If not, then don't panic! It's straightforward to complete and takes just a few moments.
The following steps show you exactly how to do this with just a few mouse clicks.
Searching for the pluginBack to top
The first step is to locate the Checkfront plugin within the WordPress Plugin Directory. You can 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 install, after which you must activate the installed plugin. From here, click on the button labelled Activate.
Once the plugin activates, you can 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 and 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 can find a field to enter your Checkfront Host URL.
The Checkfront URL is the URL by which you access your Checkfront admin area and is 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 accessing the shortcode generator from WordPress or within Checkfront.