Bookings - Availability Builder
To properly configure a Booking, the store administrator must establish the availability of the resource. This is done with the built-in Calendar Builder. The example below has not configured any dates.
The Calendar Builder is flexible enough to allow for multiple ranges to be set. For example, the image below allows for availability on Weekdays between the times of 8am and 5pm during the months January to July AND September to December.
How it works
The builder works by using an additive/subtractive system. This means that each row is responsible for influencing the rows above it in the builder. This can be either adding available times to them or removing available times from them. For this reason, the order of the rows is very important!
Consider the example we mentioned above. The first row is adding all times between 8am and 5pm for week days as available, while the second row is removing the month of August from it.
Here's another example. Say you only want available times to be on Tuesdays and Weekends during the months of summer, say from the beginning of June till the end of September.
- The first row is adding all Tuesdays from 9am till 4pm as available times
- The second row is adding all Weekends from 9am till 4pm to the Tuesday row above it
- Finally, the last row is removing the months from October till May from the two rows above it.
Previewing your Availability
The Availability Preview can be found on the right-hand side of the page, or underneath the availability builder on smaller screens.
This preview is identical to the calendar that will be shown on your site's front-end. Whenever you make a change to your availability, you'll need to click the Refresh button to update the preview. After the preview has finished loading, you can use the calendar as a regular customer would.
Note that the preview does not disable dates and times that have been booked. If you already have bookings for this Download, those booked dates and times will be shown as disabled dates or unlisted times on the front-end calendar.
The builder comes with a variety of different time units. In this section we'll go over them one by one and explain them.
This unit allows you to specify a range of days (Monday, Tuesday, etc). The availability for the range will apply to all the sessions in the range as well as all times in those days.
Start: Tuesday, End: Friday
This will apply to all sessions during the week days of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
This unit allows you to specify a range of weeks in year. The range values represent the week number in the range 1 to 52.
Start: Week #5, End: Week #10
This will apply to all sessions between, and including, the fifth and the tenth weeks of the year.
This unit allows you to specify a range of months (January, February, etc). The availability will apply to all sessions in the range of selected months.
Start: May, End: July
This will apply to all sessions during the months of May, June and July.
This unit allows you to specify a custom date range. The availability will apply to all sessions between the given dates and times.
Start: 12/24/2015 10:00, End: 01/02/2016 18:00
This will apply to all sessions between, and including, the 24th of December at 10am and the 2nd of January at 6pm.
Time (Monday, Tuesday, ...)
These set of units allow you to specify a range of time for a given week day. The avilability will apply to all sessions during those times for the selected weekday.
Saturday - Start: 12:00, End: 19:00
This will apply to all sessions on Saturdays between noon and 7pm.
Time Groups (All Week, Weekdays, Weekend)
These particular sets of units are groups of regular Time units. They are for your convenience to avoid having to add multiple rows for specific days if they share the same time range.
This unit is identical to having a Time Unit for all days of the week (Monday - Sunday).
All Week - Start: 14:00, End: 20:00
This will apply to all sessions between 2pm and 8pm.
This unit is idential to having a Time Unit for all days except the weekend, i.e Monday to Friday.
Weekdays - Start: 14:00, End: 20:00
This will apply to all sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 2pm and 8pm.
This unit is idential to having a Time Unit for both Saturday and Sunday, only.
Weekend - Start: 14:00, End: 20:00
This will apply to all sessions on Saturdays and Sundays between 2pm and 8pm.