Would you like to allow your customers to make online restaurant reservations? All you need to do is to create a WordPress form and integrate it with an online restaurant booking system like Planyo. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to take restaurant reservations online by connecting your WordPress forms to Planyo.
Why Allow Online Booking?
A few benefits of creating an online reservation system for restaurants are…
- Convenience: Your customers can easily reserve a table on the go.
- More revenue: Online restaurant reservations help you fill more vacant seats, in turn, helping you make you more revenue.
- Promote online: You can offer special discounts to regular customers who book online and increase brand loyalty and customer happiness.
Now let’s take a look at how to create a restaurant reservations system on your WordPress site.
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1. Create a Simple Reservation Form
Also, you’ll need to have a form created. See our tutorial on how to create a contact form in WordPress as an example to get started.
In this form, you may want to include the following fields.
- Number of guests
Now we’ll need to connect this form to your Planyo account.
2. Connect Your Form to Planyo
We’ll be using the Zapier addon to integrate your WPForms plugin with Planyo.
The Zapier addon lets you connect your contact forms to 500+ web apps including Planyo so that you can save your time by automating different tasks. You can learn how to connect WPForms with Zapier.
To activate the addon, you’ll need to go to WPForms » Addons.
Now let’s connect your form to Planyo.
The first thing you need to do is to log in to your Zapier account. Then, select Make a Zap in the top navigation. Next, you can begin to create your zap by selecting WPForms as your Trigger App. For screenshots of each step, you can check out our tutorial on how to get started with Zapier.
When you get to the Set up WPFroms Form Entry screen, select the form you just created. In our example, it is the Restaurant Reservation form.
After this step, select Continue. You’ll then be prompted to test your form’s connection to Zapier. Be sure to have at least one test entry on your form before fetching existing entries.
Now you should see a success confirmation message.
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3. Set Up Your Planyo Integration
Now that you’ve connected Zapier to WPForms plugin, the next step is to connect your form to Planyo.
You’ll need to choose Planyo Online Booking as the action app.
Next, you’ll be prompted to select a Planyo action. As we’re looking to create a reservation on Planyo when a form is being submitted on your site, you need to select Create Reservation.
Then, you’ll be asked to connect your Planyo account with Zapier. Click Connect an Account and grant permission to Zapier to access your Planyo account.
To authorize the account, you may need to create a new API key. Go to this page, and generate a new API key. After creating an API key, copy it and enter it in your Zapier account.
Then, click Yes, continue. Then select Save+Continue.
In the Set up Planyo Online Booking Reservation step, you’ll need to specify your Resource ID and connect each contact form field to the appropriate Planyo field.
In the End date/time field, make sure to add +3h after selecting Start Date/Time field separated by a whitespace. This is a mandatory step because Planyo sets End date/time as a required step in Zapier.
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Then click Continue.
You may login to Planyo to check how the reservation entry is being added in Planyo.
Finally, you’ll need to name your Zap and turn it on, so future form entries will be automatically added to your Planyo account.
We hope this guide helped you to take online restaurant reservations from your website and manage them on Planyo.
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