Top 5 Booking Plugins for WordPress

  • By Darrel Wilson
  • Last Updated: November 25, 2019

My top 5 booking plugins for WordPress are chosen for their powerful features, ease of use and customization. Whether you need to accept appointments for a dentist office, or book hotel reservations for your bed and breakfast, there’s a booking plugin for that. Consulting hours can be scheduled and payments processed, all through these 5 booking plugins.

Bookly WordPress Plugin Home Page

Bookly is an extremely comprehensive booking plugin with a large number of included features. Its customizable and mobile friendly design allows for a sleek and intuitive experience for your customers. The admin panel is user friendly and works seamlessly with your WordPress dashboard.

With Bookly, you have control over your availability and manage your booking approvals manually or automatically depending on your choice. View your calendars in days, weeks, or months and filter, sort, and search through your bookings easily. Bookly allows for secure and flexible payments and customers can view and edit their own bookings. But, you get to control the minimum time period allowed for a booking, change, or cancellation.

This plugin can be used with its simplified built-in features, or customized with developer friendly documentation.

Other Notable Features:

  • Unlimited number of forms.
  • Secure and flexible payments.
  • Create appointments with custom services.
  • Unlimited number of service providers.
  • Individual settings for each service provider.
  • Staff members can manage their profiles and calendars individually.
  • Send customized and automated email and SMS notifications.
  • Multi-language support .
  • Accept group bookings .
  • Use coupons.
  • Google Calendar integration.
  • WooCommerce integration.
  • Shopping cart.
  • Multiply appointments.
  • Add service locations.
Booked WordPress Plugin Home page

Booked is also a fairly robust booking system, but more more simplified. Show customized calendars with widgets or shortcodes. Use the color picker to change your calendar’s colors. Both the front end and the admin panels are fully responsive so it’s easy to use on mobile for you and your customers.

Customers have the ability to create accounts so they can log in to change and view appointments. Registration isn’t required, though. Guests can also book an appointment with an email and a name if you would like them to have the ability.

This simplified plugin is highly customizable and easy to use for both the customer and the admin behind the scenes.

Other Notable Features:

  • Multiple calendars and agents .
  • Use custom time slots to show your specific availability.
  • Customize the calendar color.
  • Custom form fields.
  • Manual approval of appointments.
  • Custom login/registration form.
  • Custom time slots for vacation/closed dates and more.
  • A powerful backend interface to manage appointments.
  • Color pickers to change your calendar’s colors.
  • Appointment buffering to prevent appointments from getting booked too close to current date and/or time.
  • Customers can manage their own appointments.
  • Customers can manage their account information.
  • “Add to Google Calendar” buttons for your customers.
  • Customizable emails sent to you and your customers.
  • Front-end and admin are both fully responsive.
  • Fully translatable
  • Color customizations
Booking Calendar WordPress Plugin

Booking Calendar includes an easy to use shortcode builder and works with Elementor. This booking system allows your customers to book their appointments or reservations, check availability for specific times and days, and more. You can also add different locations and services to allow for more customized bookings.

Email notifications and the admin panel streamlines management of your booking appointments. You can even collect your payments with online payments through the Booking Calendar plugin.

“Booking Calendar is built to work out of the box, but you can still freely configure different settings for the best fit to your business workflow processes and customize the form and calendar for a natural fit to your site design.”

Other Notable Features:

  • Responsive front-end Design
  • Intuitive and powerful admin panel
  • Supports unlimited number of booking resources (properties or services).
  • Configure the booking form structure and fields, and choose from a range of sleek calendar skins to better fit your site design.
  • Customize your email templates.
  • Online payments.
  • Book specific time slots for selected dates.
  • Multiple bookings of the same entire day(s) by different visitors, up to resource capacity.
  • Set single, multiple, minimum and maximum number of days selection. Supports half day booking.
  • Set season rates and costs dependent on selected days or from options, coupons or deposit payments.
  • Set availability for a specific season.
  • Enables editing of existing bookings by the admin or visitor, who made the booking.
  • Search available resources for specific dates and number of visitors.
  • Multi-language support.
  • Supports multiple independent booking admin panels.

Booking Calendar has multiple pricing tiers for personal users; small, medium, and large businesses; and multi user capabilities.

WooCommerce Bookings

Sync your appointment calendar with your existing WooCommerce store. This plugin is meant to help you monetize your bookings, automate your payment collection processes, and more. With it you can set fixed appointments or let customers create their own. Define your availability and divide your time into incremental time slots that work for your business.

It’s easy to offer special pricing using a variety of qualifications with WooCommerce Bookings. The system was built from an e-commerce platform, so a lot of the booking capabilities are geared toward that functionality.

You can also get and send automated reminders, determine your cancellation policy, and more. This plugin is extremely flexible.

Other Notable Features:

  • Set fixed appointments or let customers create their own.
  • Define fixed times available.
  • Set time slots for bookings in minutes, hours, or days — whatever works for your business.
  • Define availability in the way that works for you.
  • Block time you plan to take off, create buffers between bookings, and customize prices for a given duration, specific days, or certain customers.
  • Offer special pricing for group size, day of the week, or who is booking.
  • Avoid double bookings for service, space, and equipment by assigning assets to different bookings.
  • Let customers select their preferred venue or provider, or assign them automatically, based on availability.
  • Require confirmation or confirm automatically.
  • Offer free cancellations or require a fee.
  • Reduce no-shows with automated reminders.
  • See what’s coming up today or scan how many bookings and confirmations are awaiting your input, directly in your dashboard.
  • Add bookings manually.
  • Add-Ons
Sagenda WordPress Plugin

Last, but not least is Sagenda. This booking system is available as a standalone product, or integrated into multiple CMS systems, including WordPress. Its WordPress shortcode won’t work unless you first sign up for a free Sagenda account and validate the plugin with your code.

It’s easy to set up, responsive, and allows for automatic email notifications. The free features are all unlimited, but you will have to pay for their advanced email notifications, SMS text notifications and PayPal payment processing modules.

Sagenda will also customize their system based on your needs through their IT and project development assistance.

Other Notable Features:

  • Email notifications.
  • Responsive.
  • Easy setup.
  • The number of bookings is unlimited.
  • The number of clients is unlimited.
  • The number of resources (bookable items) is unlimited.
  • Access to your data is unrestricted both in terms of space and time.
  • There is no commission on bookings.

Get Booking

Choose one and get started. Many have demos available so you can preview their admin and front-end features. Let me know how you like them in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Booking Plugins for WordPress

  1. Hey there Darrel, I have been watching your videos for the bookings on your youtube channel. I decided to work with woocommerce bookings. Although it’s simple enough, there are options that I want more of. I am wondering if woocommerce bookings works along with Woocommerce gravity forms addon. Any input?

  2. Hey there Darrel, thank you for this overview. Is Booking Calendar the only PlugIn which works well and without bugs with Elementor? Sorry for this “stupid” question, but I am absolute beginner. I decided to work with elementor and justfound out, that not everything works with elementor. And the GDPR makes it not very much easier for us in Germany…..Thanks in advance and keep on shining!

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