In a past thread about the much-anticipated Bookings+ plugin, Hakan mentioned:
“… any existing post/custom post/page is regarded as a “bookable product” and modified accordingly …”
This is wonderful news; so many developers attempting WordPress booking solutions completely miss what an important opportunity that simple link, between post and bookable product, is.
I understand that Bookings+ is still under development but I would like to confirm that you are taking the logic of this link to its obvious conclusion: will the owner of that page and product be able to edit not only the product description but, also, the unique calendar for that product, on the post edit page?
Ideally, the owner should be able to click straight into each of his properties’ edit pages and the editable calendar should be the first thing he sees, right at the top of the edit page, with the description text and other meta boxes beneath it.
This is extremely important because, in sites used by multiple owners, each one would only have access to their own edit pages and, therefore, only they could edit their calendars.
Several other booking plugins provide access to all properties’ calendars via one central dashboard page, meaning that, if you have access to one calendar, you have access to them all. Practically speaking, this dumb but very common mistake rules out the use of these sites by anything more than one owner, which is a tragic wasted opportunity.
Bookings+ will be truly disruptive if it allows ordinary people to join forces and create small online communities of people offering bookings of various types without having to give 18% of every transaction to corporations such as Airbnb. I hope that Hakan and anyone else working on it understands that, to fulfill that potential, there must be a wall between the different users’ calendars and I have a strong hunch that adding the calendar management to the post edit page is the most intuitive way to achieve that.
I would be extremely grateful for any responses from the developers.