There are different cases when you might need to use a WordPress availability calendar, with or without an option to book a slot.
If we look at them from the functionality perspective, which is obviously based on your normal business routine, there are several types of availability calendar plugins that differ by purpose and features.
Based on whether you need to display availability of services or spaces, hours or dates, things boil down to two broad scenarios:
- Availability calendar for appointments (classes and courses, salon appointments, yoga sessions, car repair service, etc.) – in this case, you’ll need to look for multipurpose WordPress appointment booking plugins.
- Availability calendar for properties (hotel rooms, location-based properties, classrooms as spaces, etc.)
There are also plugins that are capable of covering both cases, needless to say.
The only hard-and-fast rule I believe worth mentioning is that niche-dedicated availability calendars for WordPress perform better since they are sharpened for a specific business. Therefore, it’s easier for them to keep pace with specialist tools and go hand in hand with the needs of particular business.
Since we don’t know which category you fall into, we’ll cover both.