Migrating reservation system - what did I forget?

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OK, after 5 long, excruciating weeks of building a new reservation system I am finally migrating all of my reservation links.

Here's your question: in what places might the old link be that I forgot? Where might any one of us have a direct link to our reservation system that doesn't pop into mind immediately?

(In preparation for changing systems, I long ago directed 95% of my links to go a page on my website so I would only need to update that one location. However, some things got away from me!)

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Also, why are you not using the same theme for Mobile?  The current settings and coloration are not congruent with the website.

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Looks good. Since your website is secure (https) you could also put your reservation page in an iframe on one of your own website pages, so the guest doesn't leave your website to make the reservation. That gives you a lot easier control over the look, colors, fonts, etc.

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I read up on the iCal piece and it requires more skill than I have.

Previously, guests booked off site and it worked ok.

 

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Morticia wrote:

I read up on the iCal piece and it requires more skill than I have.

As Mamma Smurf said, we're not talking iCal stuff here. iFrame.

  • First, create a new page on your website. Name it Reservations or something like that.
  • In ResKey, select the Website tab.
  • Select Reservation Pages.
  • Select your page (not the Availability or Calendar link, but the page itself, so as to edit it)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the Reservation Page.
  • Select "Linking to this page"
  • In the iframes section highlight/copy the version of your Reservation Page you want to put on your website. I use Availability search view.
  • Then go to the new website reservation page you created and switch it to "code" view rather than "what you see is what you get" mode, and paste in the iframe code you copied from ResKey. Save it and that page should now show your ResKey reservation page in a section of your own web page. Then it's easy to add other stuff to that page.
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Also, you will need to fiddle with the Height in the iFrame code to make it seamlessly fit .  At least create an Availability test page in SM to try.

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I just coached someone on the FB page how to do it.

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No. It's iframe and very simple to do with Striking. It's a much more professional presentation. I can help. It's only one line of code!!

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I totally agree! Many many advantages. And Easy Peasey.

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Desktop looks great!  Kudos!  Mobile has a whole different look and some color quirks. 

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Oh yeah, that mobile one needs tweaking. I figured getting launched was important. Tweaking comes next month.

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Why are you not using the same theme as Desktop?  They are meant to be responsive.  My mobile is just a few color changes, but same theme. The old mobile themes are not as streamlined. At this point, almost 50% of our guests are finding us on mobile according to GA. Which is also another reason to use an in house Availability page to track.

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If you use Google Analytics for your website, some information shows where users are coming from and might help remind you of some other sites you may have listed on.  Otherwise, maybe check on some local or state websites like a tourism association if you put a link there or sites like bbonline, etc.  I agree with you about linking sites to your homepage instead of directly to the reservations page.

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