WordPress has quite a few plugins for booking appointments for the business or service. These plugins allow visitors on your website to make reservations for a business meeting or service. For the purpose of our study conducted in September 2021, we have restricted the plugins to the ones that work well with the latest WordPress version. And, we have also limited the study to those plugins that have had at least a thousand website installations. We do not wish to work on plugins that have not been installed on many real website.
This is by far the best WordPress plugin for booking and reservations on your website. It is available for use in 24 languages. So, it is suitable for multi-lingual sites or country specific websites. It allows visitors on your website to use a calendar of availability to book a service or product or property.
The plugin will take the appointment request from a visitor and share it with the administrator. The bookings’ administrator can accept or reject the booking. The plugin is easy to install, and is flexible in functionality. Your visitors can even pick a time for booking for a particular day.
The Booking Calendar plugin is the most used appointments booking plugin as of September 2021. It has over 60,000 active plugin installations on the WordPress websites. The developers maintain it on a regular basis. And, the best part about the Booking calendar plugin is that it is FREE. However, you can buy the plugin and professional support for your business. The support is proactive and plugin installation is straightforward and easy.
Amelia is the second most installed appointments plugin on WordPress websites. It is currently being used on over 30,000 WordPress websites. The plugin comes in 2 versions. While the Lite version can be downloaded for free from the WordPress website, a paid version can be bought from the developer’s website.
The plugin has a simple front end and backend solution to taking booking appointments. It can be used by a business or a consultant or a service provider to book calendars through the website. The front end can be customized to your business’s needs. The backend allows the administrator to accept or deny an appointment. You could manage the appointments and see updates about revenues from within the WordPress backend panel.
Amelia’s very flexible and works well with WooCommerce sites, and online payments module that include Paypal, Stripe or Mollie site. You could also integrate a 3rd party payments processor with the Amelia appointments plugin.
You can get the Amelia lite version directly from the WordPress website. A Pro version is available from the developers. Amelia’s interface should make it one of the most popular appointment booking plugin for anyone.
Easy appointments is compatible with the latest WordPress version and is being used by over 20,000 WordPress site owners. The plugin is simple to use and if available for free download from the WordPress website.
Your website visitor can pick multiple services at multiple locations for booking appointments. The visitor can even pick the hour of appointment. Appointment requests are sent as notifications and the administrators can accept or reject the appointments. You could organize your appointments calendar for a particular location or for multiple locations. You can take appointments for a particular employee or a group of employees. The front-end allows you to create customized appointment forms without much effort.
Easy Appointments can integrate Google calendar on your site through a paid version of the plugin. They call it as an extension plugin for Easy appointments. The extension plugin is also compatible with WooCommerce and PayPal payment integration. The plugin also has an integration with Google captcha to prevent bots from flooding your website.
Simply Schedule Appointments
Simply schedule appointments use Vue.js and REST API to automate booking of appointments on your website. You could be a business, entrepreneur, consultant or any service provider. One of the best part about this plugin is that you can integrate the appointments with site builders like Elementor, Beaver builder or Divi. Or, you could choose to add it through the normal WordPress administration interface. The plugin is simple in use and offers flexibility in terms of creating customized appointment booking forms on the front-end of the website.
Simply schedule appointments is available from free from the WordPress site. It is currently being used by over 10,000 active WordPress site owners. The paid version of the plugin extends the functionality in terms of integration with service providers.
Some of the added functionality on a premium version of the Simply schedule appointments are listed below –
- Google Calendar
- Zapier Webhooks
- Twilio for SMS reminders
- Gravity Forms
- Formidable Forms
- Google Analytics
- Google Tag Manager
- Google Meet web meetings
- Facebook pixel
- Zoom web meetings
You would have noticed the integration with Google calendar and even Zoom meetings.
Pinpoint Booking System
The Pinpoint booking system is a response plugin that is in use on over 7,000 websites powered by WordPress. It comes in two versions. A free plugin working with a single calendar. It allows you to offer booking for services or accommodation or property on an hourly, daily or extended basis. You could book an accommodation on hourly basis. Or, you could book for a day or just the night. When a visitor fills the booking form, the administration will get a booking notification.
This plugin offers payment gateway integration with payment processing companies that include PayPal, Stripe, WePay, 2Checkout, Authorize.Net, Braintree, ICEPAY and Mollie.
Booking Ultra Pro
Booking Ultra Pro offers an easy solution for integration the module of booking appointments on your website. You could be a small business owner, service provider or a consultant. This plugin allows you to accept online bookings and the administrators could accept, reject or cancel a booking request from the backend of the website.
This is a relatively new plugin, and is being used on over 2,000 WordPress websites as of September, 2021.
Bookings or appointments can be taken for a particular employee for any day or time slot. The plugin shows an employee’s calendar on the site to indicate availability. Rates for one or all the services can be added on the booking form.
The plugin with basic functionality can be downloaded for free from the WordPress website. If you need payments functionality through PayPal or Stripe, you will need to buy the paid version. On a similar note, for an ability to send appointment SMS reminders to your clients, you will need to get the premium version of the Booking ultra pro WordPress plugin. The paid version starts at $49.99 and goes up to $99.99 for single site owners. Options for resellers and multiple site owners are also possible.
For us, the better looking booking calendar plugins have got to be the Amelia and Simply Schedule Appointments. Both have a decent number of WordPress installations and both have a good feature set. Both plugins contain everything that you need to run a good booking calendar website. You could go with any of the six appointment booking plugins to install on your site.
The choice of right appointment booking plugin will vary with the line of your business or services. In most cases, professional series of these plugins offer a broader integration with 3rd party payment processing providers. So, if you intend to collect payments through the plugin, your options would get limited to the paid versions of these plugins. Plus, you get better and more pro-active support from the developers, should you choose to buy a PRO version of the appointments booking plugin.
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