Your website is a powerful business asset that can not only help you get noticed by your potential clients but also help you streamline and automate your business process. If you’re a service provider that wants to book clients online, then you need a reliable booking process that will allow you to spend less time booking clients on the phone and even make it possible to accept payments.
In this post, I’ll share the top 3 benefits of switching to online booking and share the seven best booking plugins for WordPress.
Top Three Benefits of Using Online Appointment Booking
As mentioned earlier, using your website to allow potential clients and customers to book appointments means you spend less time on the phone. However, there are a few other benefits of using online appointment booking.
1. Reduces the Amount of No Shows
Online appointment booking can help you reduce the number of no-shows. Thanks to appointment confirmation and reminder notifications, your customers won’t forget that they booked an appointment with you.
2. Appointments Are Automatically Added to Your Calendar
A great online booking plugin will include Google Calendar integration which will automatically pull information from your site and add new appointments as events in your Google Calendar.
3. Customers Can Book Anytime
Lastly, your website is available 24/7. This means potential clients don’t have to wait for the usual business hours to book an appointment. They can book it whenever and wherever is most convenient for them.
Best Booking Plugins for WordPress
Now that we’ve covered why you should be using your website to book appointments with your clients, let’s take a look at the best booking plugins for WordPress. You’ll find both free and paid booking plugins on this list and I’ve tested each of them personally to make sure they are truly the best.
The Bookly plugin is a premium booking plugin available from CodeCanyon. This plugin makes it easy for your clients to book your services and it offers a lot of options. Visitors can choose the service as well as the time and day and a particular employee. It also has a modern design that’s easy to customize and comes with online payments, notifications, and Google Calendar sync.
The downside of this plugin is that it is quite pricey and locks a number of useful features such as native payments, custom appointment duration, and more behind paid add-ons.
This plugin is available for $89 for the basic version and paid add-ons start at $29.
2. Modern Events Calendar
The Modern Events Calendar is easy to integrate into any type of website thanks to its modern and fresh design. This plugin comes in both free and paid version and offers a lot of features. The basic version of the plugin allows customers to easily book appointments and it syncs with your Google Calendar so you will be able to see new appointments alongside your other events. What makes this plugin stand out is that it integrates with MailChimp so you can have new clients synced to your email list as they book appointments.
If you want the ability to accept payments for your appointments, you will need to upgrade to the pro version of the plugin. The pro version also comes with advanced features such as booking notifications and reminders, location map, and more.
The basic version can be downloaded from the official repository for free. Premium version of Modern Events Calendar plugin starts at $39 for a one-site license.
3. Amelia Plugin
The Amelia plugin is a cool appointment booking plugin that comes with WooCommerce integration. It’s a premium plugin that’s available from CodeCanyon and offers a lot of bang for your buck. The plugin comes with built-in SMS notifications for new bookings, the ability to create custom booking slots for multiple employees, 2-way Google Calendar sync, and more.
The Amelia plugin offers several different demos so you can see how it would work for your business. You can also easily customize the plugin to match the rest of your site.
The Amelia plugin is available for $59 and includes 6-months of support.
4. Start Booking
The Start Booking plugin offers a modern design and provides your customers with the convenience of 24/7 access to your business so you can spend less time on the phone. Aside from making it easy to accept online appointment booking and payments, the plugin also sends instant notifications to you and your customers upon successful booking. Start Booking plugin allows you to book single appointments as well as classes and it will even send reminders to reduce the chances of customers not showing up.
It’s worth mentioning that this plugin also makes it easy to customize confirmation and reminder emails. On the downside, it’s not immediately clear that this is a WordPress plugin when you land on their website.
The pricing for this plugin starts at $7.99 per month for a single calendar and you can use the plugin on an unlimited number of sites.
The Sagenda plugin is a completely free booking plugin that can be downloaded from the official repository. For a free plugin, Sagenda offers a decent amount of features that will help you streamline your booking process. You will need to create a free account on their website but that’s a small price to pay considering the plugin is otherwise free. You can use PayPal as payment gateway to make your customers pay for bookings and the plugin also has a Google Calendar integration.
This plugin is completely free.
6. Team Booking Plugin
The Team Booking Plugin relies on your Google Calendar to create available appointment slots that your clients and customers can then book on your website. Once you install this plugin, you’ll be able to create appointment types and slots on your Google Calendar. When someone books an appointment, the Google Calendar event will automatically update.
You can also accept Stripe and PayPal payments with this plugin as well as create and send appointment reminders and make it easy for clients to cancel or reschedule their appointment.
You can get this plugin from CodeCanyon for a one-time payment of $28.
7. Booked Plugin
Lastly, the Booked plugin is a full-featured appointment booking solution. It’s a premium plugin that comes with the ability to book single appointments and classes. Your visitors can book as registered users or as guests and you can create multiple appointment calendars.
Similarly to other plugins on this list, the Booked plugin syncs with your Google Calendar and it also has a unique feature that allows you to add custom fields to your appointments. Email reminders are also available as well as the ability to assign different calendars to different employees.
This plugin is available from CodeCanyon for $49.
Video: Best Booking Plugins for WordPress
Below, you’ll find my video that talks more about each of the 7 plugins mentioned above. I’ll show you how each plugin looks like when you install it on your site and go over their pros and cons.
As you can see, there are several benefits from turning your website into an online booking machine. With the help of one of these 7 best booking plugins for WordPress, you can easily go from booking your clients over the phone to saving time and booking clients online.
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