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How to import data into Salon booking system plugin

Let’s say you’ve decided to migrate from your current booking system to Salon Booking and you don’t want to populate by hand your current customers, services and assistant into our plugin.

What could be a quick and easy to use solution?

Our new “Advanced data importing tool”.

You can find this tool inside the “Tools” section of Salon Booking.

 

What do you need exactly?

Jus a comma separated values files. One for customers, one for assistants and one for services.

It’s important that the file use “comma” as data separator.

Once you have these file you only need to drag them one at time inside the corresponding importing section.

Click on “Import” and a modal window will be opened.

In this window you need to match the column of your original file with the ones of our system. You need to match at least the required columns. You can skip the other columns if your file doesn’t have that kind of data.

Once matched the required columns click “Import”.
The modal window will be closed and the importing process will be started.

Be careful until the importing process is not finished you should not change page or close your browser window.

A status bar will indicate you the ongoing process. Wait until a success message is displayed.

For big files the importing process could last minutes.

Another important thing to consider is that when you import new customers WordPress automatically creates account for them and it will send out the email notifications to each of them.

If you don’t want this to happen install a plugin that disable the “Wordpress welcome email”.

Please have a look at this animation to see how the importing process works.

 

 

import data into salon booking

Well this feature is available on every version of Salon Booking.

In case of doubt, get back to us.

Have a nice weekend!

The Staff

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Salon Booking 3.11 is going to arrive

Hi,

here we go again with a new version, Salon Booking 3.11,  that will be available for download on next Monday.

We want share with you what we have done this time.

Let’s start from the main new feature:

 

IMPORTING SYSTEM

 

salon booking 3.11

 

We’ve developed a complete importing system that will allow you to migrate your customers, services and assistant from whatever booking platform to Salon Booking plugin.

You just need a CSV (comma separated file) for each element.

Our importing system will guide you with an easy interface to match your CSV file with our database scheme.

You can find this feature inside “Tools” section.

Note. The importing system is in still in beta version.

 

DIRECT SERVICE BOOKING LINK

 

salon booking 3.11

 

Many of you have asked us to develop this feature and we done!
Now you can create a link that point to a specific service inside the booking form in order to book that services straightforward.

Note: This feature works only with “Change order” option enabled.

 

We’ve made some changes on the “service break” option.

Now you can choose up three hours break divided in multiple of your selected “session average session”.

What does it mean? Let say you have set 30 minutes as your “session average duration” option. And you have a service that last 1 hour and need a break.

Now you can choose among these break intervals:

– 30 minutes
– 1  hour
– 1.30 hour
– 2 hours
– 2.30 hours
– 3 hours

 

We’ve also fixed some important bugs, please have a look at them:

* Fixed status bar back-end calendar daily view
* “Create new user” option now is disabled by default
* Bug on services custom order on back-end fixed
* Bug on assistant selection on front-end fixed
* Bug on booking system – reservations that overrides closing time – fixed
* Fixed bug on thousand separator on Stripe
* Changed the “Services break” intervals options
* Added an alert on parallel reservations on back-end
* Removed rollback to 2.3
* Added untranslatable text strings

Well, that’s it for the moment! See you on the next release.

 

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Have a nice day!

Salon Booking staff

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Tell us your story and win Salon Booking PRO for free forever

 

We offer 3 lifetime and limitless 100% discounts to those of you  that will send to us a great testimony of your professional experience with Salon Booking.

This offer is for salons owners, whatever the field their business field is, that are using our plugin to manage their online and offline reservations.

To apply for this sort of contest you need to send us a 300 words review where you explain in a detailed and sincere way:

– why did you choose our plugin
– what are your impressions using it
– what makes it great
– what should be still implemented to make it even more a better software

Every review need to be accompanied by a photo of your salon and your staff members.

We choose the 3 best submitted reviews  and we’ll award them with a lifetime limitless 100% discount.

That means that the winners will use Salon Booking and all his official add-ons for free forever.

Are you ready to tell your story with Salon Booking? Send your story to support@wpchef.it

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How to setup sms booking notifications with Twilio and Plivo

This guide will help you to setup correctly sms booking notification on Salon Booking.

Salon Booking supports different kind of text messages notifications being integrate with some major sms providers as:

– Twilio
– Plivo
– Ip1sms
Smshosting ( with an add-on)

Let’s see how to setup sms notifications inside Salon Booking using Twilio.

First of all you need to create an account on Twilio.com, buy a phone number or request for an Alphanumeric sender ID and some SMS credits.

Once done you need to get your:

– Account SID
– Auth Token

 

 

Now go to Salon Booking > General Settings and scroll down the page until you find SMS services options.

– Select “Twilio” from the sms providers list

– Set your Account ID ( Account SID from Twilio account )
– Set your Auth Token
– Digit your country code in the form of “+ COUNTRYCODE” ( +39 is for Italy)
– Digit your Twilio number (without the country code) or your alphanumeric sender ID

Once done click on “Update Settings” button.

 

 

Now to verify that your settings are correct it’s time to make a test.

Scroll down the page and go to “SMS test console”.

Place you mobile number without the country code and digit a test message. Then click on “Update Settings”.

 

 

If everything is ok you will receive a text on your mobile and you’ll see this message on “Settings > General” page.

 

 

In case of error, no text will be sent on your mobile and you’ll see an error message.

 

Then you need to verify your settings and check again.

 

Plivo users

With Plivo the procedure is the same. The only difference is that you could use a telephone number of your own as a “Sender number”.

 

Trunk trailing 0 prefix

Let’s see the “Trunk trailing 0 prefix” option.

This option can be enabled for those countries where mobile numbers have a prefix that starts with a “0”.
Enabling this option that “0” will be removed automatically.

 

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How to increase reservations using a Facebook fan page and Salon Booking

In this post we’ll give you some tips to increase your online reservations using your Facebook fan page and Salon Booking plugin.

We are pretty sure that most of you have a Facebook fan page where you work daily to increase your fans numbers and try keep them engaged and hope that one day they’ll become customers.

Or more simply a Facebook fan page is a tool to keep in contact with your customers, right?

 

Facebook fan page and Salon Booking

Well I don’t know how many of you are aware that Facebook allows you to add a button on top of your page.

Well you can choose among different kind of buttons.

As your main goals is to increase your reservations the ideal is to choose “Book services” button.

 

Facebook fan page and Salon Booking

Once you selected this option Facebook will ask you to provide an URL where your customers can make a reservation.

If you are already using Salon Booking plugin you could provide the URL of the page where you placed the booking form.

 

Facebook fan page and Salon Booking

 

Once done click on “Add button”. That’s it.

This way your fan/customers will be aware of your online booking service and for them will be very easy to make a reservation through your website using Salon Booking plugin.

In the next version of Salon Booking we’ll add a “Login with Facebook” option. This brand new feature will make very easy for your customers make reservations on your website as they don’t need to login every time as they will be already logged with their Facebook account.

 

Do you think this tips could be helpful for your business too?

Send us your feedbacks.

 

P.S. Do you know that we’ve launched a brand new add-on called Advanced Discount System? Take a look..

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Smshosting add-on for Salon Booking

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We are very happy to announce a brand new official extension “Smshosting add-on for Salon Booking”.

This plugin has been thought especially for the Italian customers that are willing to use Smshosting provider for the SMS notifications on Salon Booking.

For all of them we offer a special limited discount for those that will purchase this add-on in the next three days.

Use this coupon code at the end your purchase process: SMSHOSTING30

All the usage details are described here: Smshosting add-on for Salon Booking

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Bookings calendar by assistant

calendar by assistant

“Bookings calendar by assistant” provide a quick view of your upcoming reservations grouped by staff members

 

Salon Booking plugin has a special shortcode  [*salon_booking_calendar*]

that you can place in any page of your website in order to display the next seven days reservations grouped by assistant.

This special representation offer the salon manager and every single assistant a quick view of their upcoming schedules.

Moving the mouse over the single reservations a tool-tip will display more details on that reservation so your staff member will be aware of the services that need to be provided.

This kind of calendar is password protected to be viewed by the salon staff members.

In the future we’ll add more functionalities as the possibility to skip forward into the calendar and see all the future reservations.

If you have other suggestions please drop us an email to support@wpchef.it

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