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Make Your Own Booking Widget

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[[Category:Booking Page]]
[[Category:How to]]
<div class="heading">Create a custom booking widget</div>
This page explains how to create your own booking widget
<div class="warning">{{#fas:exclamation-triangle}} Check the options the widget designer {{#fas:cog}} (SETTINGS) BOOKING ENGINE > BOOKING WIDGETS first. </div>
<span style="color: #f3e504; font-size: 250%;" >{{#fas:lightbulb}} </span> '''IntroductionRequired Skills''': Basic understanding of HTML== Introduction ==
Making your own booking widget is not hard. It only involves opening the booking page and optionally passing some information to it.
Common ways to open the booking page are using an HTML <A> link or using a <FORM> with selectors and inputs.
We will only focus on the technical aspects of getting the form to submit information, we will not show any styling, labels, javascript Javascript and CSS, that is completely up to you to create any style you need.
Modify to suit and paste the samples into your web page.
== Create a Widget ==
'''Create a Form'''
A basic HTML FORM can be created like this
<input type="hidden" name="propid" value="2035">
<input type="submit" value="Book Now">
It is very simple and will show a "Book Now" button and open the property with the specified propid.
You could alternatively use ownerid to show all properties in an account or roomid to show only one room.
It is possible using jQuery or javascript to keep the select options up-to-date with the current month/year but that is beyond the scope of this How To.
<select name='fdate_date'>
<option value='1'>1</option>
We can add selectors for the length of stay and number of guests as follows
<select name='fdate_date'>
<option value='1'>1</option>
<input type="submit" value="Book Now">
== Widget for specific dates ==
1. Customise widget, then generate code.
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2. The code consists of three parts. Identify the <script></script> and delete it.
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3. Customise the content of the selects to only contain the dates you want to offer. In this example is for a booking strip for December 1st 2015 3 nights.
You can also use a the [[Special_Rate_for_Agents_or_Referer|referer functions]] to apply special prices. Look for the referer in the widget code (in this example referer=BookingStrip) and replace it with your custom [[Special_Rate_for_Agents_or_Referer|referer code]].
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4. Paste the code into the source code of your web site
<nowiki><div style="color: #2f2f2f; font-size:14px; width: 100%; padding-top: 5px; padding-bottom: 5px; text-align: center; background: #339900; background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #66cc00, #339900); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#66cc00), to(#339900)); background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #66cc00, #339900); background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #66cc00, #339900); background: linear-gradient(top, #66cc00, #339900); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr='#66cc00', endColorstr='#339900');" class="b24bookingstrip"><form method='GET' target='_blank' action='' style='margin:0; padding:0;'><span style='padding-right: 10px; display: inline-block;'><a style='color: #2f2f2f;text-decoration:none;' target='_blank' href=''></a></span><span style='display: inline-block; padding-right: 10px;'>
<select id='fdate550775_date_propid3103' name='fdate_date' style='font-size:inherit; margin:0; padding:0;color: #2f2f2f'<option value='1'>1</option><br></select>
<select id='fdate550775_monthyear_propid3103' name='fdate_monthyear' style='font-size:inherit; margin:0; padding:0;color: #2f2f2f;'>
<option value='2016-12'>Dec 2016</option>
<div style='display:inline;'><span style='display: inline-block; padding-right: 10px;'><select name='numnight' style='font-size:inherit; margin:0; padding:0;color: #2f2f2f;'>
<option value='3'>3 Nights</option>
</select></span></div><span style='display: inline-block;'><input type='submit' name='subcheck' value='Book Now' style='font-size:inherit;color: #2f2f2f;'><input type='hidden' name='propid' value='3103'><input type='hidden' name='subgetdates' value='1'>
<input type='hidden' name='type' value='0'><input type='hidden' name='page' value='showprice'><input type='hidden' name='referer' value='BookingStrip'></span></form></div>
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== Create a booking form for a preselected room and dates ==
Create a URL like this:
You need to define:
1) propid
2) one of checkin or checkin_hide (different date formats)
3) one of checkout, checkout_hide or numnight
4) numadult and/or numchild
5) br1-32906=Book where "br1 is offer 1, br2 is offer 2 etc. and 32906 is the room to book.
== Redirect to your own property landing page ==
You can do this with the menu SETTINGS->BOOKING ENGINE->BEHAVIOUR.
Set "Booking Redirect" = Immediately
Set "Booking Redirect Url" = your landing page for the property. The landing page can contain can iframe with the property booking page. If you do have an Iframe embedded make sure you do not set the number of nights or people in the URL.

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