All of these options are within your grasp with Jomres.
The Core system is free, if you want a simple booking or reservation component for your hotel's site then the free core system is all you need to get up and running. If you decide you want to add functionality to your hotel later on then you can upgrade to Jomres Solo, Silver or Gold to allow you to install some of the many plugins available.
All of this is free!
- Supports both Bootstrap 2 and Bootstrap 3, another first. As always, where we lead other Booking systems will follow.
- Tried and tested. Jomres is a true booking portal and has thousands of users who've helped us to fine-tune the system to make it the best in it's class.
- The property manager's interface has been designed after consulting with real property managers to provide the most fluid, logical layout possible.
- Great dashboard with drag and click to create a booking, or drag away to easily cancel a booking.
- Intelligent, ajax driven booking form. Equally suited to booking hotels, B&Bs and individual properties like apartments and villas. If the guest's not ready to book right away, they can contact the hotel directly through a form instead. It can also be used for hiring other items like cars, boats and tools.
- Guests, invoices and booking listings are all ajax driven meaning that it deals with large data volumes very easily.
- Modular, it's designed to be third party plugin friendly. See the extension specific plugins page here on the JED, or visit our Partners page.
- Google maps well supported, drag and drop pointers or type your address for the pointer to move.
- QR codes in both front and backend facing pages, so receptionists can scan a customer's booking printout and immediately book them in on arrival. Guests can scan QR codes to be taken to directions to the property.
- Fully automatic exchange rate conversion. No configuration required at all, Jomres will download the current rates daily and use them as needed.
- Review functionality, which can either be automatically approved or not.
- Detailed invoicing shows all line items, including tax. Additional items added to invoices can have their own tax rates.
- Channel Management integration is currently under development.
- All property management is done via the frontend of the site, no need to allow managers to access the administrator area.
- Legendary support. See our review history for yourself, we have always been committed to providing the best support we can to our users.
Don't offer another cookie-cutter booking site, be creative and innovate, using Jomres as the foundation you can build upon.
Cheers, your support is much appreciated.
Maybe when the JED gets it's overhaul the review scoring system will finally get sorted out too. Til then we'll linger somewhere down the middle of the results :)
I also bought a dedicated server to run jomres, I've been using Joomla for several years for several projects and clients.
-Cheaper than other similar alternatives, only in monetary terms. You will end up spending endless hours to figure it out.
-Learning curve: it takes a long time to learn how it works, adding businesses and setting up rates is complex and confusing for a travel agent or a business owner compared to other booking systems.
-This is not a Joomla extension, it works with Joomla (sometimes) but it's more like a standalone booking system, it was built for Mambo and after integrated in Joomla and now also in Wordpress.
As a result, you should manage Jomres from the frontend and a very annoying additional menu is added to your website.
-Conflicts with other plugins or extensions, since it's just integrated in Joomla there are several conflicts with plugins and other extensions.
At some point Jomres crashed the whole website during a version update. I've never experienced something like that.
-Website will slow down and yes, even if I had a dedicated server.
-The design is outdated and basic however you can't use overrides. It must be the Jomres way.
In conclusion, I was not impressed at all and I'm not recommending it.
If I can't take advantage of all the Joomla extensions, if I can't easily change the design, if it's just a standalone booking system integrated in Joomla, I had to look somewhere else and I found it.
You know, I really couldn't let this go without an answer :
>> Learning curve: it takes a long time to learn how it works,
Learning how it works is easy, it takes longer to leaverage the system to get the most out of it, pretty much like Joomla itself. I've been using Joomla for a long time, yet I'm still learning new stuff every time I use it.
>> adding businesses and
Adding businesses is easy, just the same as adding an article (except there's a few more inputs because, you know, articles don't have addresses and locations)
>> setting up rates is complex and confusing for a travel agent or a business owner compared to other booking systems.
We give you three different ways you can enter prices, meaning you can choose the easy-peasey lemon-squeezy way of doing things, or the more powerful methods that allow you to setup prices that match your real-world pricing models. It's been our mantra from the very first days nearly ten years ago that Jomres would try to work your way, not force you to work it's way. Whilst no system is ever perfect, it's much more flexible than most.
>> but it's more like a standalone booking system, it was built for Mambo and after integrated in Joomla and now also in Wordpress.
Jomres is an application that'll work alongside both Joomla and Wordpress, it's something we're very proud of. You may see that as a disadvantage, we don't.
>> As a result, you should manage Jomres from the frontend
This is one of the key selling features of the system, but you say it like it's a bad thing. From the beginning it's been designed to work from the frontend, making it easy for non-technical users to interact with your website. Look at our competition, you'll see that our nearest competitors are also developing the same type of functionality because That's. What. Users. Want.
>> and a very annoying additional menu is added to your website.
And, y'know, you could use the built-in functionality to disable some or all of that and use the Jomres joomla menu maker plugin to add menu links to whichever menu you like. It's easier and simpler than the way Joomla does it.
>> Conflicts with other plugins or extensions, since it's just integrated in Joomla there are several conflicts with plugins and other extensions.
This isn't true, I suspect you installed Jomres into Joomla 2.5 which, if you've been around for a while will know that it had a great flaw in that it relied on Mootools from the beginning, whereas it should have been integrated with jQuery. As a result when jQuery got popular there were all sorts of issues with different plugins having their own iterations of jQuery. We managed to kill that issue by namespacing jQuery for Jomres, but people will sometimes blame Jomres, regardless. Use the J3.x series, this becomes a non-issue in fact were the first (again!) Joomla booking component to embrace the J3.x series because we recognised the benefits an integrated UI framework brought to component developers and users.
>> The design is outdated and basic
As I said, I suspect you were running on J2.5. It was a great system in it's day but the Joomla 3 series is generations ahead. So if you were using a non-bootstrapped template then you would have used the older, jquery ui based Jomres templates which are left in for legacy reasons but are waaay ugly and we can't wait to get rid of them. We've done everything we can to encourage our users to use the more modern J 3.x, but of course you can only lead a horse to water...
>> however you can't use overrides. It must be the Jomres way.
We were doing template overrides long before Joomla realised that they were a good idea. The way Jomres does it 1. means that it can be done through the GUI, you don't have to use FTP if you don't want and 2. (and this is the biggie) you can have different templates for different property types, something you can't do if using the Joomla method. I'm not slating Joomla, I use it's overrides functionality too, but sometimes you have to go your own way to help your customers achieve the results they want. Oh, and 3. If you're a Wordpress user you also get cool template editing features that you don't get in other Wordpress plugins. Is Jomres awesome or what?
Nevertheless, for our Joomla users we've added a joomla-esque template override feature for the next version, so if that's their preferred way of doing things, then more power to their elbows.
>> At some point Jomres crashed the whole website during a version update. I've never experienced something like that.
You haven't been around long then, most plugins have had their bugs at one time or another, it's the nature of things. One thing I can say though is if we've ever introduced an issue like this we've never left a customer hanging. We don't stand still, we're always working on new ideas and new features for the system, it's something that we're very proud of, but innovation naturally has it's price. Unlike some of our competitors however, we're not willing to stand still.
>> Website will slow down and yes, even if I had a dedicated server.
Jomres is very, very optimised. It's something we work very hard at doing, however you can put a Ferrari engine in a Citroen 2CV, but it'll still be a 2CV at the end of the day. You can't polish a turd.
>> In conclusion, I was not impressed at all and I'm not recommending it.
Such is your right, however I couldn't let your incorrect conclusions go unanswered.
P.S. I know that as a developer you can't please all of the people all of the time, and you'd think that after 9 years of doing this I would have become immune to criticism, but that's not true. Jomres is a labour of love, I've poured my heart into it for such a long time it's hard to ignore ill-founded criticism. I can look at all of the positive reviews that Jomres has received, and yet one scathing review is still enough to spoil my week :(
I had a problem with the front-end (redirect loop), to install Jomres with the contents of the statement, and had to submit a ticket to support. I just barely believed to have a return in less than five minutes.
I followed the instructions of Aladar Barthi but could not solve the problem. I replied to my ticket stating efficient access to data and joomla hosting server and Aladar asking if he could take a look to see if I could solve the problem. In less than half an hour the problem was solved.
So here I am sharing my experience. I was grateful for the attention of the Jomres developer; the fast service and the efficiency with which solved the problem.
I am satisfied with the extent and further support.
Thanks Aladar Barthi. Good job kid!
I finally fall for it. My opinion now that I'm using it ? Joomres holds all its promises.
And I'm very happy to have choosen this solution : one of my customer is... very picky and I needed to do quite some tweaks on the initial template I was using.
Yes the free version will not really allow you much, yes it is quite some money you have to pay for, no it is not totally smoothly mixed into Joomla. But I am not a coder, and I have been able to do what I wanted. And the DevTeam is not a pain with the ticket system: they do not count all questions as a ticket, only the time expensive ones.
A conclusion ? Jomres works. Very, very well. And it is very, very well maintain and supported, with regular updates. This type of quality comes with a price. That is teh way it is.
I can sleep well on the evenings, knowing that my customers -who by the way paid my work quite a sum- have a system that will not let them (and me) down.
I'll paid the renewal of my subscription next year (only needed to get updates of course).
Thxs Team, keep up the good work, and the nice & modern additions your working on.
But that's not all. We wanted to take the jintour quoted scenario of seats on a bus a step further.
We needed a seat on a bus to only be available on a given day of a week and some seats were going to be sat in for 1 week, 2 weeks etc (a long tour).
The hotel concept of Jomres implementation gives you all that, as long as you can learn to think outside the box & interpret the functionality to suit your needs when operating a tour based booking system.
Jomres support is first class & should it come to getting your hands dirty in the code, the design concept developed by the Jomres team provides you with a reliable structure upon which to build your design.
Thank you Vince & Aladar!!
If u are building a simple single property site with one room or multiple rooms, Jomres can handle it.
If u are building a complex site with many different propertys, multi rooms, single rooms, hotels, apartments, villas, tours (yes, even tours) Jomres can handle it.
It's been over 6 month since i've started using Jomres and it's still surprising me with new features.
If u have a demanding client (like i did), Jomres is the way of choise.
Support is excellent, Vince and Aladar are doing a great job.
The team is constantly working on new features, making Jomres even better.
Once you managed the huge possibility the system brings, you have a true companion which is extend able by plenty of plug-ins for all reasons.
In the case of a problem there will be a fast and responsive support team.
Huge documentation, Forum plus the Support Team; just great!
I have not found another similar component that compares to JomRes. Once you become familiar with the basics, it is easy enough to configure JomRes the way you want.
Support is excellent. My only complaint is that you must update the component frequently, which is always a risk because any other components, plugins, modules or even your template may not be compatible with new versions. However, JomRes support has helped me through this kind of thing more than once, and there has always been a solution (normally it's finding and updating a badly behaving plugin).
Kudos to the developers and JomRes support!
Of course, make sure that you BUY the system. You can use the free version to try it out, sure, but the real power comes from all the different plugins, and not to mention the excellent support! I have tried several different extensions, but noone is even close to Jomres when it comes to customer support.
For me, this is the only booking system I will ever consider using, as it has features that no other system has - customizable search modules, easy to use calendars, and google maps integration, just to mention some of them. And should you need to change something, you can easily do so yourself (as long as you know a little html and php).
I have developed many Joomla websites from 1.5 to 3. I am very used to a range of components and how to override their output. With this in mind I can honestly say that I found JomRes to be a nightmare!
JomRes does not integrate with Joomla in the usual way. They may pretend that it does but it simply does not. JomRes is built first and foremost as a standalone booking system. If you login to the admin side of Joomla the only JomRes page is the setup page. You cannot add or administer adverts in the back end, everything has to be done in the front end.
A major flaw is that your website ends up having two menus. One menu is your normal main menu and then you are also forced to have a second JomRes menu. There is no way to integrate the two menus. Normally Joomla components have a number of views which can be selected by setting up your menu items, JomRes has one. You cannot link to categories or specific adverts, you can only link to the home page of JomRes.
Template overrides are normally very easy to implement for the majority of Joomla components. JomRes works differently, you do not copy the template files into your own site template and then modify them. JomRes has it's own system, you have to modify files using their online file editor and then the changes are stored in the database! Surely code should be stored in actual files and not in the database? Surely this over inflates the database and slows down your site?
I can see how JomRes will work well on it's own but if you are building a Joomla site then you are doing so for a reason - to use the usual Joomla benefits. Essentially, you end up with a Joomla website with a link to a JomRes website. If you want a truly integrated solution (as I did) then look elsewhere.
A lot of people find JomRes very good so it might be fine for you, I just wish I had known what I know now before embarking on a Joomla site with JomRes.
The JOMRES support and great community resolves most issues and are willing to help each solve new solutions. Try the rest if you like but JOMRES is the one you need.
But we got an assignment and decided to go for Jomres this time. And we have not looked back since! In reality it was really not that hard to get started with. And with their forum is easy to get pointers and help. They have a great community willing to help each other.
While setting up the client site, we ran into some errors that we were not able to fix, we raised a ticket and within the hour received a reply. We have never experienced better customer support for any Joomla extension! Thanks to the guys helping us out!
We have not looked back since, we will only be using Jomres from now on, for all our booking sites and needs. Our client is more than happy with the solution, based on the simplicity to use it from the front end, and also the very long list of features.
We have been developing Joomla sites for many years now, and this is the first extension that we recommend. Jomres has a very special place in our offices. Its truly an amazing extension and also a dedicated team behind!