This new Solidres for Joomla plugin automatically suggest alternative available dates for your guest if their searched dates are unavailable, it provides significant improvements for both owners and guests: owners have a greater opportunity to retain guests instead of losing them while guests can choose another dates to stay at their favorite accommodations instead of having to spend their valuable time to find another one.
In the initial release, when guest’s searched dates are not available, Flex Search will find other available dates by increase guest’s check in and decrease guest’s check out and record available dates to show in front end. In the plugin parameters, you can adjust how far Flex Search should search and what how many length of stay you want to show in front end. Note that this plugin does not perform an exhausted search because it’d affect your site performance. We will add more search strategy in subsequent releases.
We’d like to welcome Restaurant Management System (RMS) as a new member in our family, as the name says, this new extension provide a simple yet powerful solution for those who is looking for a solid and ready to use solution for both independent restaurant and hotel restaurant. We also developed a dedicated and exclusive Joomla template called Brandy which is highly optimized for RMS, this template comes with a quick start package which can help you to get your restaurant website started in several minutes with minimum configuration needed.
To celebrate the new family member, we’d like to give a 30% discount coupon for all users, you can use this coupon code to subscribe RMS and RMS Brandy Joomla Template: SOLIDRESRMS. This coupon code is valid from today until July 31 2017.
Solidres for Joomla v2.0.0 is now available for download. This release marks an important milestone for our project with a lot of exciting new features, bug fixes and improvement as usual. Many existing templates/modules/plugins are also updated, we also have 01 new plugin called Flex Search and 03 new modules including : Surrounding, Experience Filter and Clocks (back-end module)
Booking requires approval: admin can configure this option in asset – tab Publishing
Tourist tax (fixed amount per person per night), this tax is needed by some countries where tourist tax are required
Corporate details (to be used in generated PDF invoice)
Support reCaptcha in booking form to prevent bots and spam
Automatically calculate tax amount from the price: now it is possible for owner to enter price included tax and then assign a tax rate to assets, then in front end Solidres will automatically calculate and display price and tax amount separately.
Base rate adjustment for payment gateway plugins: now owner can configure surcharge or discount for each payment gateway plugin, surcharge or discount will be applied to the total reservation cost
Show info about the reservation’s maker in reservation edit screen
New option to show the guest number field instead of room/adult/child quantity, it is best used for apartment (whole unit) booking system
New option to show or hide the asset’s availability information during booking
New button to download or view log file
Automatically hide asset’s phone/fax and custom fields if they have no info
Improve performance for asset availability checking
Improve PHP 7.1 compatibility
Fix reservation origin is lost during amending
Fix invalid markup for asset’s style 3
Fix caching issue with front end hub dashboard reservation edit/amend form
Fix issue that user can not select multiple images when going to second page in media manager
Fix potential JS conflicts with date pickers across Solidres modules
Fix untranslatable “Empty” string in inline edit field
Fix search tool date field drop line in Joomla 3.7
Add support for embedded check availability form: now Hub owner can allow partner to embed a check availability form into partner’s external sites, the embedded for will forward all booking request to Hub site and forwarded guests will complete reservation in Hub site instead of partner’s external site. This is not only a great way to increase traffic and revenue for Hub site but also a convenient way for partner to have an internet booking engine integrated in their site
Add new module Surroundings which shows nearby assets during Hub search. Admin can configure the nearby range in kilometers in Solidres Config – Hub.
SEO: add instruction for search engine not to index the search page, only follow
Fix compatibility issue with PHP 5.4+
Fix validation error regarding duplicated location field’s ID
Fix couponform model was deleted incorrectly
Fix a rare availability searching issue with multilingual mode
Fix commission PDF file is empty
Fix PHP fatal error when saving reservation from channel manager
Fix missing advanced extra charge type
Fix wish list button does not work after changing layout style
Add ability to collect guest information during booking: first name, last name, date of birth, gender, nationality and single room. You can configure to show or hide those fields according to your needs
Experience search module now allows searching by category
Support Feedback plugin for Experience, now guests can leave feedback for experience just like assets
New gallery tab to show all images for a configured folder, it is a great way to show case your experience’s photos to your potential guests. Thumbnails are automatically generated and thumbnail sizes are configurable
New accommodations tab, this feature integrates with Solidres assets to show all accommodation in experience base/end locations, it provides a way to cross sell in your system
Allow free experience (price = 0)
Allow guest to cancel their reservation in customer dashboard. Owner can configure whether to allow cancellation or not in Solidres Options – Permissions
New module: Experience Filter which allows your guest to filter experiences by categories, price ranges, owner, transportation, duration
Fix issue that tax list are not loaded according to selected country
Fix 404 error when logging out from experience reservation pages
Fix emptied payment method list in front end hub dashboard
Fix issue that menu type “List experiences” ignores the selected country
Fix issue that can not add new experience in front end hub dashboard
Fix incorrect field type in front end hub dashboard
Channel Manager v0.5.0
Fix several synchronization issues including missing or mismatch information. Also improve support for many-to-one room type mapping from Solidres to OTA
Complex Tariff v1.0.0
Prevent changing tariff types after it is created
Increase the maximum value for length of stay parameter
Add support for Experience plugin
Add support for Falang
Flex Search v0.1.0
This new plugin automatically suggest alternative available dates for your guest if their searched dates are unavailable, it provides significant improvements for both owners and guests: owners have a greater opportunity to retain guests instead of losing them while guests can choose another dates to stay at their favorite accommodations instead of having to spend their valuable time to find another one.
User plugin v1.7.0
Integrate with new Restaurant Management System (RMS) component to show customer restaurant orders and online reservations (require RMS installed)
Add de-DE translation
Add support corporate info and tourist tax
Add support for base rate adjustment in payment gateway plugins
Add new view to list invoices
Add new option to re-generate invoice to update content but keep the old invoice number
Fix missing geo state code 2 in address line
Fix single quote escaping issue
Fix PHP error “Too few arguments” while changing reservation’s status
Add option to enable/disable ability to drag and drop on dashboard
Add confirmation dialog for drag and drop on dashboard
Add fixed position for date row when scroll down the dashboard page
Add geographic chart to show where your customers are
Add week day into dashboard date row instead of week day number only
Add refresh button for dashboard
Refine the UI of dashboard with some re-arrangement
Fix check out color for reservation to be more consistent
Fix missing origin info for reservation made from dashboard
Show the latest reservation on the dashboard when a day has multiple reservations
Fix JS error when publishing Statistics module in cpanel position
Prevent selecting multiple rooms in dashboard
Experience Search module v0.4.0
Add ability to search by experience category
Add ability to configure the field type for base/end location: select field or text input field (with autocomplete)
Experience List module v0.4.0
Add support for list layout in addition to default layout
Experience Filter module v0.1.0
Add ability to allows your guests to filter experiences by categories, price ranges, owner, transportation, duration
Surrounding module v0.1.0
New module to show nearby assets during Hub search. Admin can configure the nearby range in kilometers in Solidres Config – Hub
Clocks module v0.1.0
Initial release, this module can show multiple clocks for each time zone in Joomla backend
Assets module v0.7.0
Use asset name as image alt tag
Fix PHP fatal error when missing Feedback plugin
Fix map display compatibility issue with single asset view’s map
Advanced module v1.0.0
Add option to allow searching for number of guests instead of having to choose room quantity and number of adult/child, it is more suitable for apartment booking
Room Types v0.7.0
Use room type name as image alt tag
Camera plugin 0.5.0
Fix JS conflict with module experience search autocomplete
The following payment plugins also receive updated, if you are using one of them, make sure that you download new updates to be compatible with latest Solidres release: Atlantic, Cielo, CIMB, MIGS, Mollie, Offline, PayPal Standard, PostFinance, UnionPay
Solidres for Joomla v1.9.0 stable is now available for download. This release has many new features, improvements as well as bug fixes. In this release we have 01 new plugin (Housekeeping) and 01 new backend module (Statistics module) as well as updates to existings plugins/modules/templates (Adora, BlueBee, Emerald, Infinity, L’Amour, Luxuria, Orient), please check the change log below and the download page for more information:
Solidres for Joomla v1.9.0
Add 02 new layouts for Solidres single asset view in front end. Note: this new feature requires latest Solidres’s Joomla templates versions. If you are using Joomla templates from 3rd template providers, make sure that those templates are fully tested and compatible with Solidres v1.9.0.
Add diagonal line for check in and chek out with booking per night in front end availability calendar
Add new menu type for showing single room type in front end
Add ability to automatically detect when guest’s session in front end is going to be expired
Add no room type and no tariffs warning messages in backend
Add new modal windows for room type/coupon/extra
Add option to show/hide the room type’s More Info button
Add new form field type for Solidres Media Manager
Add ability to detect database issue and fix them.
Add ability to apply guest occupancy options into the selected room type form
Add ability to override language per asset category
Add submenu Config to Solidres menu in Joomla backend
Add ability to automatically change the reservation code after the reservation status is changed in reservation list
Add more than 100 currencies that can be installed via the sample data installation
Update the prices when guest select/deselect extra items
Add room type drop down to Check Availability module
Now reservation made from backend can process payment from plugins like Authorize.net
Fix payment cancel URL issue with SEF
Make field reservation asset in extra form a required field
The New Year is coming and we wish you a New Year as cheerful and happy as you are.
In the recent months, we’ve been working on many exiting new features for Solidres which will be available in the beginning of 2017. But let save that for 2017, let talk about our brand new Joomla extension: Speedy Translate.
As the name says, this is a dedicated Joomla extension with the ultimate goal to make translating work in Joomla easier and speedier. Our motivation to create this extension is from the fact that building a multilingual site in Joomla is somewhat a confusing and time consuming task, even for an experienced Joomla users, let alone new users. If you have built a multilingual site with Joomla, you will probably agree with us.
Speedy Translate will help you to translate static content and dynamic content in Joomla easier and speedier. For those who does not know about them, static content refers to all content in your Joomla site that are not stored inside your database but in your file system like language files while dynamic content is stored inside your database like your articles.
To translate static content, you will need to edit the language file in INI format (.ini). To translate dynamic content, with Joomla! there are two popular options:
Option 1: using the core Joomla multilingual feature by defining content’s associations. Now each content will be assigned a specific language and they are linked with each other via associations, let say you want to translate your article About us in English to Italian, Japanese and German, you will need to create 03 new articles for those languages and associate them with the original About us article, that means now you will have 04 articles for 04 languages. The advantage of this option is that it is built-in feature but it creates a lot of duplications.
Option 2: using a 3rd Joomla! extension called Falang. This extension takes a different approach and it only allows translate what need to be translate (configured via a file call Content Element), that means there will be less duplication and this is a recommended option.
There are two main hassles when building a multilingual site in Joomla!:
First, when user need to translate static content like a label, a button text, user has to figure out what INI language is storing it and where is the INI language file stored in the file system. Then user need to edit the INI language file manually, the whole process is not convenient at all. And that is what motivated us to create the feature INI TRANSLATE and the CONTEXT TRANSLATION which you can access above.
Second, when translating dynamic content, there is no User Interface that allows users to work on multiple languages concurrently. With Speedy Translate’s INLINE TRANSLATION, you will have that ability, it will save time and avoid confusion for users.
Those hassles will be no longer your issues anymore with Speedy Translate, check this page for more screenshot. We have a special 50% discount coupon SPEEDYTRANSLATE for all active Solidres subscribers when you subscribe Speedy Translate, it is valid from today until Jan 15 2017.
Enjoy a great holiday with your family and friends, see you again in 2017!