Events vs Products

Whats the difference between a event and a product?

Events

Events are a type of product that contain a date, time and ticket that a customer can purchase / download!

Products

Products are physical items that once purchased are shipped to a customer!

The 411

At Kinkify we try to keep this one rather simple for our customers and vendors!

A product is the core of the site, a physical item a vendor agrees to ship to a customer after a payment is made. Easy!

A event is a hosted party/workshop/livestream or anything that involves a gathering of people for a set time for which you can purchase a ticket for.

The main difference’s are:

Events have a date && time

Events generate a downloadable ticket => the email invoice also acts as a valid ticket



How To Create Events

Go to Vendor dashboard → Bookings to see available options.

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Creating a new Booking product

Click on Add new product, a form similar to the new product form will appear with a different looking section below the basics. We will break each section down for your easy understanding. This might get a little complicated so pay attention. Booking is a very much customizable product with a high level of relations.


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This is the very basic section. Nothing too hard.


What is Booking Duration?

This field allows you to define a duration of your product. The duration of each product your customers will be buying. Suppose you own a motel and don’t want to rent your best room unless someone wants it for three days. So you put three days as your block duration. But when you are creating bookings for your regular rooms, you are putting one day.


What’s Calendar display mode?

The calendar on the product page displays availability on a calendar. So this field simply on/off for the calendar be already expanded or appear as a clickable button.


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This is where the things start to get a little complicated. This section deals with the availability in four different ways – frequency, capacity, range and time.


What is a Block?

Understanding this makes the following things a lot more easier. A block is the minimum unit of your product which you are making available for booking. As most booking products are unlike regular products, which are not time dependent. But booking products are time dependent, subject to maintenance and usually do not have any shipping.


What is max bookings per block?

This field allows you to book the product multiple times within the available time frame. Say, I have 2 of the Luxury suites and I want to rent them both. So, with this single bookable product I can manage both.


What is minimum booking window?

It is the minimum duration of time during which a customer will have to book your next available product. Say, your next available product is on 17th of this month, but you want at least 2 days before that day to allow for booking.


What is maximum booking window?

The maximum range of available booking for the product from the next available date. So, if your next available booking for your product is on 17th this month and the maximum booking window is 7 days, then on the product page a customer will be shown booking availability up to 24th.


Here is an example on a calendar how these dates will work.


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What is Require a buffer period of?

The you need some time to refresh your asset / product after completion of each order / service.

If you have multiple booking blocks allocated in a single day, probably you will need some time in between to do some maintenance. This is what buffer time is. Say, if you want to clean up your Luxury Suite and change the towels before you hand it over to the next customer, you may set a buffer time of 30 hours. Leave it on 0 for no delay.

The unit for buffer period changes automatically with your block unit duration.

What if I set All dates are – to “not available by default”?

Your customized settings for availability ranges will become active.


Set availability range

Each field is tagged with a (?) hint text which explains each field.

Fix the range for your booking availability according to days months hours or minutes and many other ways. You can add and reorganize priority by dragging too. Please take reference for the rules from the WooCommerce Bookings documentation.


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This section is pretty much straight forward. There is always a base cost of the product, block costs are based on order volume and display cost is something which you can display initially as the lowest limit perhaps. If you leave it empty, the cost will become adaptive as the customer modifies his order. So, you can also use the display cost as a minimum cost per order in that sense.


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What is Has Persons?

Check this option if your product can be booked according to several person groups. As you can see, you can also set seat limit and cost depending on person group.


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What is Has Resources?


If you want to add additional resources to your product. For example, on my luxury suite, I have added a resource if they want to use a home theater system for viewing movies to be set up.

These resources can be set to automatically assigned or customer selected. As you see, you can charge for your resources as both initiation costs and for the length they use it.

1. Enter the resource cost.

2. Select the resource from the drop down menu.

Resources can also have their ranges depending on various attributes. You can set them from a different menu.


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Creating a resource

Go to Vendor Dashboard → Bookings → Click on Manage Resources

Now, click on Add New Resource to create a new resource. Click on Edit / Remove for changing a resource properties.


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