This is a brief overview of the latest version 2.7.5 of the MotoPress Hotel Booking plugin for WordPress. It comes with several important fixes and improvements to give you more control over the plugin.
Let’s focus on improvements!
Automatically updated rate price
To deliver more pricing transparency, we’ve managed to make it possible to refresh a rate price automatically on the checkout page depending on the number of guests selected.
That is, if there are any per-guest price variables, guests no longer see a base rate price on the booking confirmation page – it’s automatically refreshed according to the number of guests specified in the search availability form.
More accurate prices for advanced rates
In the previous version, designating different per-night prices in the Advanced rates, you may have lacked a number of digits after comma for setting accurate pricing!
This is no longer a problem because we’ve increased that number allowing you to calculate and set 100% accurate per-night prices without rounding the values.
For example, if a base per-night rate is $67 and it should be discounted for seven and more nights, you can set a precise weekly / monthly rate without rounding the value.
More precise per-night prices should work better for reporting and accountability.
Availability Calendar shortcode
We’ve added one more useful shortcode for the Availability calendar: mphb_availability_calendar. You can now insert it to the pages of the chosen accommodations to simply display available/unavailable dates.
With this shortcode you can:
- Use accommodation IDs to show the availability calendar of the specific property (go to Accommodation types list to see the ID on hover).
- Use “monthstoshow” parameter to customize for how many months the availability should be displayed by default (set the number of rows and columns).
For example, mphb_availability_calendar id=”713″ monthstoshow=”1,2″ will display an availability calendar for the property with ID 713 for two months in one row.
If you paste the shortcode without ID into the Accommodation type description, the calendar will show availability of this particular accommodation (no need to insert an ID).
Moreover, to properly show your visitors that they are able to use the same date as check in/out date, colors in the search availability calendar will show that the day is half booked (diagonal line).
Sorting parameters for shortcodes
Depending on the type of the ordering (price, order, ID, title, date, menu_order, etc.), the listing for accommodations, services and search results can be shown according to your sorting settings. Add order to different shortcodes with ASC (from lowest to highest) and DESC (from highest to lowest values) values. You can find all these values under the “Shortcodes” menu.
For example, if you want to display properties in the search results from the highest prices to the lowest, you need to use DESC order value in the shortcode: mphb_search_results orderby=”price” order=”DESC”.
These are the major improvements of the base plugin.
For those of you who use WooCommerce Payments add-on for region-specific payment gateways, there are also some great updates:
- If you use only WooCommerce payment gateways, now you may not show a description on the checkout page. The only payment gateways designated in WooCommerce add-on will be displayed.
- In a new add-on version, all prepopulated billing data is not lost when the guest is redirected to the WooCommerce checkout page. This will help you serve a better user experience for your guests.
Hopefully, these updates contributed a lot into making MotoPress Hotel Booking plugin a more robust system for rental property and hotel websites! Any thoughts? Speak your mind in comments!