Learn how to configure basic options for the WordPress plugin, including enabling the search bar, selecting inventory to display, using discounts, choosing font colour and family, and setting the calendar date.
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?
Legacy: Soho, Pro, Plus, Enterprise, Flex
New: Starter, Growth, Managed | Learn more about our new plans or how to change your plan.
Where can I find this feature using the top menu?
Manage > Integrations > Website Integration > WordPress
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 ✨
With our newest version of Checkfront, we have added Products (Inventory > Products) as the successor to items (Inventory > Items).
Are you interested in migrating to our newest version? Please reach out to our Technical Support team for more information.
Configuring category display optionsBack to top
First, you can choose whether to display categories of items or products as a Dropdown menu or Tabs.
Let's look at the option Category Display: Dropdown. This option lists categories within a dropdown menu on your WordPress plugin Booking Page with All Categories selected by default, as shown above.
Your Customers can refine the list of items or products displayed by selecting a specific category. This is a space-saver if you have lots of categories to list!
Alternatively, you can select Category Display: Tabs.
This presents categories as tabs that can be selected to reveal the related item or product listings. This is a user-friendly option if you have space, as category options are more readily available...and tabs look pretty stylish, too!
Enabling the search calendar featureBack to top
The search field helps find the correct item or product to book.
Sometimes, you may wish to display a more basic booking form on your website. In this case, you can choose to Hide search & calendar from view.
Hiding the search and calendar from view means only the date picker appears, allowing Customers to filter for items or products based on the Start Date they specify.
If your Booking Page is configured to use the Detail Page layout (Manage > Layout > Booking Page > Booking Page Layout), then this setting also controls whether the calendar displays on the page or not.
With the Hide search & calendar option selected, both the search field and calendar are no longer visible. Magic!
Selecting inventory to displayBack to top
Are you placing the WordPress plugin code onto a webpage for specific items/products? Then, you can use the Display option to select which ones should be included on the page.
Uncheck the box labelled All Items and Categories for items or All Products and Categories for products to reveal the individual items/products. Select the ones you like by checking each one in turn.
All other items/products are filtered from the WordPress plugin, providing an uncluttered view of the select offerings!
Using automatic discountsBack to top
The Discount Code option does not currently function with the WordPress plugin.
If you want to add an automatic discount to your website booking page, consider using the Booking Widget feature instead.
Determining font colorBack to top
Font Color is a self-explanatory option! If you wish the text in the WordPress plugin to be a different color, choose one from the color picker or specify the color by entering the matching hexadecimal code.
Choosing font familyBack to top
Does your website use a specific standard font family like Arial or Tahoma? Then, you can enter the font family name here.
Once published, the WordPress plugin takes on this font. If left blank, the WordPress plugin uses the same font (and font back-ups) as the Booking Page: Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Roboto, Arial, and sans-serif.
Different browsers support different fonts. All major browsers support web-safe fonts, which are more likely to work than others!
Selecting the default calendar dateBack to top
Do you need a specific start date selected by default? Then, pick a default calendar Date in the future. Click on the field to open the calendar and select your date. You can use the small black arrows to advance the months back and forth.
This fast-forwards the WordPress plugin so that a specific start date is selected by default instead of the current date. This option enables the Customer to land on a set date at some point in the future. The Customer can still select another available date to book.
Learn more about configuring the default calendar booking length that's applied to the WordPress plugin here:
Next, check out Advanced options for configuring Checkfront!
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