Introduction

Booking, Booking & Reservations

This plugin is dedicated to Tour & Activity (Attractions, Adventure, Sightseeing ) booking for Joomla.

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This plugins requires Solidres component (FREE) to be installed first.

What is the main use case of Experience plugin?

There are two main use cases:

  • To build online booking site for tour & activities for the traditional tour operator companies/travel agencies.
  • To build online booking site for local experiences (organized by local people), this is the new trend in tourism industry, example sites are Airbnb.com Experience, Vayable.com, Triip.me

What is the main functionality of Experience plugin?

  • Site admin and partners can manage experiences (info, availability, pricing) and its related components (like categories, transportation and experience booking) from backend of the site or from front end Hub Dashboard (require Hub plugin)
  • Experience’s prices can be set per pax (for example $50 / pax) or set different price per pax depending on the number of pax (example: $50/pax if book 1 to 5 pax and $45/pax if book 6 to 10 pax). Pricing for children is also supported.
  • In front end guest can search for Experiences by start/end location and price ranges, then guest can book online directly. There are 04 payment methods available at this moment: PayPal, Pay Later (Cash), Bank Wire and Offline.
  • Support multilingual with Falang integration
  • Support both Bootstrap 2 and Bootstrap 3
  • Ability to automatically create Joomla menu item for experience
  • Responsive layout
  • Allow customer to register an account while booking, and then auto populate customer information when customer logged in and book next time.
  • Allow generating invoice, downloading invoice as PDF, email invoice to customer.

Functionality

Has many good features like ICal, activity logging, online payment gateway

Ease of use

Easy

Support

Very good, outstanding support from developers

Documentation

Good

Value for money

Not very expensive

I used this to: building online booking website for tours

Functionality

Perfect to be used for developing Joomla site for tour and activity booking, especially for the local tours trending

Ease of use

This ext has a clean and easy to use UI

Support

Very good

Documentation

Good enough

Value for money

This ext deserves it

I used this to: Building tour and activity booking site based on Joomla CMS

Well worth the investment


Posted on 25 November 2016
Functionality

It is really good, both back end and front end features are well developed

Ease of use

Quite easy to understand the concept and general steps

Support

Great, the team was verys supportive

Documentation

Good which has instructions for configuring basic system steps by steps

Value for money

Very good

I used this to: building online site for local adventure and sightseeing

Functionality

this plugin was built for tour and activity booking, it does what it said very well

Ease of use

it is quite straightforward from installation to configuration and making first reservation

Support

good with a friendly support staff

Documentation

the documentation for tour and activity is quite good with easy to following screenshot

Value for money

i paid for a well worth extension and very happy about it

I used this to: building online booking site for local tours where local tour guide can register and post their own tours

Functionality

Works fine out of the box, support online booking with online payment methods like pay later, paypal. I'd suggest adding more payment gates

Ease of use

Very easy to use especially if you had some prior experience with Solidres component

Support

Fast and friendly

Documentation

Good but I think it is better to have more, may be video tutorial?

Value for money

For the amount that I paid, Experience plugin worth it

I used this to: building online booking site for camping activities and team building tours

Functionality

It does basic things like accept bookings...it only uses Bootstrap 2.3.2 (Bootstrap 4 is coming out soon). It functions, but is not special.

Ease of use

It was alright...not as intuitive of a backend as some of the newer extensions...only took a few hours to get the hang of.

Support

Support was quick but not helpful. I had a problem which made the extension almost unusable (they used outdated bootstrap) and no help.

Documentation

The documentation for installation was great, but for actually using the product or customizing it was very poor.

Value for money

I don't think I'd buy it again..it was expensive and didn't meet my expectations

I used this to: I built a tour (fat biking, canoeing, etc) site..I've used a lot of extensions like this in the past but was not impressed by it nor the support. Wouldn't buy or use again.
Owner's reply: Hi,

Thank you for your time to write this review.

About Bootstrap version, Experience plugin and Solidres use Boostrap v2.3.2 and it is the Bootstrap version that is officially supported by Joomla. We also documented it in our FAQ - Template - How to choose a good Joomla template for Solidres

https://www.solidres.com/support/frequently-asked-questions

Bootstrap 2.3.2 is the official and bundled version supported by Joomla, it is very stable, battle tested, fully functional and works very well for Joomla and its 3rd extensions. As a professional software developer, we use what is best for our product, we do not try to use the latest Bootstrap version (like v3, or upcoming v4) without a clear and proved benefits to our product.

We asked you to post a new feature request for Boostrap 3 in our forum: https://www.solidres.com/forum/feature-requests-suggestions, but we've not seen anything yet.

We need you to post a feature request because it is the only way we can see how many users actually need that feature. So far we've received very few request regarding Bootstrap 3/4.

Functionality

Cover the most important features of tours booking business, again make Joomla a very strong candidate CMS for hospitality and tourism

Ease of use

Easy to use with clean and logical UI

Support

The team was very useful and answer all questions with their honest

Documentation

Good for basic tasks

Value for money

Very well worth what I paid

I used this to: Building tour and activity (diving) booking site for hotel and resort

Functionality

It has all features we need to add tour and activities booking into our hotel booking site.

Ease of use

Very easy if you used Solidres before, this plugin has the same look and feel with Solidres which make it very familiar.

Support

Very good job

Documentation

Nice

Value for money

Very worth it

I used this to: Building online booking site for both hotel & tour

Functionality

What I love is the ability to post tour for independent tour operators (personal, not company) unlike traditional tour company.

Ease of use

Took me a while to get familiar and fully understand the system, quite easy to follow

Support

Good

Documentation

Good

Value for money

I love what I paid for

I used this to: building online booking site for local tour operators

Functionality

It is best to be used for online booking and listing for tour, support multiple categories, can pay directly via Paypal or by cash

Ease of use

Configuring is quite easy and the front end is very easy to use for guest

Support

The support provided by the team was good and very helpful

Documentation

Good but need more docs, perhaps video?

Value for money

Very cheap comparing hiring a developer to build this solution from scratch

I used this to: Building online booking site for tour and hotel
Solidres

Solidres

Free | Booking & Reservations | Solidres Team
3
Score:
100
152 reviews
Solidres is a hotel booking extension for Joomla! CMS. Solidres itself is a free extension and you can download, install and use it in unlimited sites as you wish. Also, Solidres follows Joomla coding standard (MVC structure) therefore customizing Solidres or developing template for Solidres is a pleasant task for all Joomla developers/designers. Although Solidres was designed to support hotel (room-based) booking, it can still be used for other type of booking businesses like apartment/villas booking, B&B, guest house, camp site, we can even see some users who use Solidres for cat boarding or 3G USB booking. Features: Support booking per night or per day 03 reservation layouts to choose from in front end Support private room as well as shared room (dormitory) One page AJAX + well organized reservation form: it is one of our strongest feature, it makes booking a nice experience for your guests, this is very important factor for booking because most of the guests will stop booking if they find it hard to understand the user interface or having to fill a horrible form with too many fields. Flexible tariff configuration Multilingual with Falang integration Availability calendar Easy media management with multiple files uploading, drag & drop re-ordering, automatic thumbnail creation with configurable thumbnail sizes. Multiple currencies: you can configure as many currencies you wish and display them in front end in a module so that they can switch the currency as they want. Custom fields via XML Coupon supports Tax supports Deposit support: configure whether to accept deposit and configure deposit amount. Deposit can be fixed amount or percentage of booking cost or per stay length (for example charging first 2 nights's cost as deposit) Extra items can be configured as mandatory and charged per booking or per room. Google Map integrated: allow drag and drop on map to find your location visually. Built-in Simple gallery Built-in payment methods: Pay Later and Bank Wire Easy to modify email templates via Joomla template overrides. Responsive layout Responsive email templates MVC Joomla coding standard Backend drag and drop ordering Joomla template overrides for all component views. Export reservation as CSV Facebook OpenGraph support Back end reservation creation or amend for staff Single use supplement Supported by multiple Joomla template providers Easy to use and configure (free video tutorial available at our website) Live reservation unread count Ability to send reservation notification emails to multiple email addresses Ability to re-general all thumbnails Support Google Maps API Key Extensible via plugins and modules Ability to disable online booking and show inquiry contact form instead. Support both Bootstrap 2 and Bootstrap 3 out of the box Menu types to show single asset or single room type Ability to auto detect when guest's session is going to be expired and raise warning Check availability for specific room type Add ability to override language per asset's category Support booking require approval Support tourist tax (fixed amount per person per night), this tax is needed by some countries where tourist tax are required Support reCaptcha in booking form to prevent bots and spam Ability to automatically calculate the tax amount for price included tax Support payment method surcharge and discount For more features, details and screenshots you can visit our Feature Highlights page at our website. For reporting bug or requesting feature or any questions you may have when using Solidres, please contact us via our website.
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3
Score:
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Restaurant Management System

Restaurant Management System

Paid download | Food & Beverage | Solidres Team
3
Score:
93
1 review
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3
Score:
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Experience (Tour & Activities) for Solidres

Version:
0.7.0
Developer:
Solidres Team
Last updated:
Aug 27 2017
Date added:
Jul 01 2016
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Paid download
Related free extension :
Solidres
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