As you all know that we are working very hard on the upcoming 0.7.0 release, this release contains an exciting new feature called “Multiple Tariffs” which means that with 0.7.0 and the new Complex Tariff plugin it is possible to allow your guests to choose between several tariffs/rates/packages (or whatever terms your business is using). In addition, Complex Tariff plugin is upgraded to give you an ability to create “package” type as well as specify allowed check in days (Mon -> Sun), with the new 0.7.0 and Complex Tariff plugin, you will be able to create the following (examples):
Standard rate with breakfast/Standard rate without breakfast.
Standard rate refundable/Standard rate non refundable.
Free Sunday: check in from Saturday and get Sunday for free. Check in must be Saturday.
Book 2 get 3: book 2 nights and get 1 night for free.
So instead of having your guest being forced to select only 1 tariff, now it is possible for them to choose, the more tariff options your guests can choose, the more likely they will book!
We are going to release an early preview release for our subscribers this week so that we can collect feedback to refine it before official release. Please check back regularly for more information.
This is a maintenance version, all Solidres’s users are recommended to update.
Add default field for payment methods: now you can configure which payment method is pre-selected in the front end.
Imrove the update procedure: now it is no longer required to re-install Invoice plugin after each update. In addition, email templates are also backup. More information will be provided in the screen after you installed 0.6.2.
Auto publish user plugin so that you do not have to publish it manually.
Blocked rooms by Limit Booking plugin are not showed in availability calendar.
Missing translation for “COM_SOLIDRES_N_ITEMS_CHECKED_IN”
Hide the child’s quantity drop down when room type’s child quantity is 0.
Currency format pattern is different in room type form.
Unpublished limit booking items still have effects.
Incorrect fax number.
We’ve also released new versions for Paypal, Limit Booking and Cielo plugins, change log for them can be found in our Download section.
Make sure you are using Solidres 0.6.1. If not, you need to update your Solidres to 0.6.1 first. The same goes to all others version: for example if you are using Solidres 0.5.4, you need to upgrade to 0.6.0 then 0.6.1 first.
Download 0.6.2 and install using Joomla Extension Installer, it will automatically update your 0.6.1. Or you can update using the built-in Joomla Updater.
If you are subscribers, make sure all plugins/modules are compatible with 0.6.2 by installing latest versions of them (Paypal, Limit Booking and Cielo).
Make sure that you edit your asset, then specify which payment method is the default.
After the initial release of BlueBee, we are glad to release BlueBee 2.0.0 which includes several improvements and a new color scheme (Classic). If you are an active subscriber, you can download it from our Download area, if not, become a subscriber now.
Classic – new color scheme.
Remove some unused CSS rules.
Use font icons instead of images for address module.
One of the most requested Solidres’s feature is the ability to serve multiple reservation assets or in short: a booking portal, today we are glad to announce the availability of Hub 0.1.0. You can see it in this live demo or download now (for subscribers).
Fast: since Hub is used for multiple reservation assets, it need to be extremely fast, this is the reason why we’ve done a large code re-factoring to keep the whole system cleaner, faster and more maintainable. In addition, in the search result page we use AJAX in filtering, sorting and pagination which doesn’t require a full page reload like other products.
User friendly: we’ve put a lot of efforts to make sure it looks and works nicely in desktop/mobile/small screen. The layout is organized cleanly with a right amount of elements in right positions and showed at right times, we try out best to avoid overloading user with a lot of information. Making booking process a comfortable experience is always our ultimate goal.
Modularity: we separate features into individual units and you only have to install what you want. At this point, Hub plugin comes with 3 modules (more to come).
Manage filter price range for each currency.
New menu type to show the frontend dashboard.
New menu type to show the frontend search page. This menu type has 2 parameters: Location and Category Ids which allows creating a menu to show specific location and specific categories (one or more categories).
Frontend: 3 new modules
Advanced search: it is similar to the current Check Availability module but has an extra field to check availability by location.
Filter: a smart filtering module with self-update capability. Allows filtering by price range, category, stars, theme, facility.
Location map: it automatically display the mini map of current location, clicking on the mini map will show a nearly full screen map with all assets/hotels in that location, we load the larger map on demand for better overall performance.
Frontend: Ajax-based advanced filter module and pagination
Bookmarkable filtered results: for example you can filter for all 3-stars hotels in Rome which have the prices between $50 – $200 and have facilities like Wifi and Parking etc, then you can bookmark it for later reference or share it with your friend easily.
Filtered results do not lost after page refreshed.
Filter by price range (can be configured per currency, each currency has different range), can filter by one or multiple price ranges.
Filter by categories.
Filter by stars.
Filter by themes (eg: Business, Romance / Honeymoon, Family).
Filter by facilities (eg: Wifi, Parking, Pet friendly ).
Self-update filter module: the filter module will automatically updated itself to reflect the current showed results. For example if you filtered for 3 stars hotels, all other filters like categories, themes, facilities, prices will automatically adjusted accordingly for 3 stars hotels only.
Frontend: Ajax-based sorting bar
Allow sorting by stars, names.
Show results in grid view or list view.
Like the filtering feature, all sorted results can be bookmarked or shared easily.
Sorted results do not lost after page refreshed.
Registered users have dedicated front end dashboard: manage reservation assets, room types, coupons, extras, limit bookings, reservations. (very similar to same tasks in backend).
Each registered users is only able to mange their own reservation assets.
As mentioned in our previous blog post, all current active subscribers at this point will be able to download Hub without having to subscribe new subscription level.
Our template 7Start and BlueBee are not yet fully updated to run Hub, more information about templates updates will be announced later.