Bokun Widgets – What are They?
Basically, they are ‘user-generated’ booking engines which allow online reservations to be accepted from a website. They contain code uniquely associated with each Bokun members’ account.
Why Do I Need Them?
If you have a website and want to offer bookable reservations for products from your site you will need to use Bokun Widgets. There is a specific menu within Bokun which allows you to generate widget code, depending on what you want to do.
How Many Different Types Are There?
There are actually 11 different types, but the main ones for Experiences are:
- Experience Time Selector
- Experience Product List
- Experience Product Page
- Shopping Cart.
Let’s take a closer look at each one and find out what it does!
Experience Time Selector
Can display a calendar with optional choices for time, price categories – adults, children etc. as well as Extras for up-selling and a book button. This widget can optionally work with the checkout widget. So visitors to your site select the date, make some choices and then click on the Book button. Two things can happen…they can either be redirected to a designated checkout page on your site which hosts your checkout widget. Or, the visitor doesn’t get redirectedand they are prompted to enter their personal details and card information for payment or pay on arrival.
When generated, the checkout widget should be added to a designated checkout page on your website where you want customers to go after they have booked a product. Settings within Bokun will allow you to add the destination URL of the checkout page on the time selector widget. Below is an example of a checkout page with a product.
The shopping cart widget is great if you wish your customers to buy more than 1 product. They simply continue to browse your site and add experiences or accommodation. Under normal circumstances it is not possible to combine experiences and accommodation – so this enables you to do so. The shopping cart widget displays a shopping cart icon and the total amount of items and total. At anytime you can click on the shopping cart and be directed to the checkout page where you can optionally remove items.
The shopping cart widget would be best suited to being in the header of your website. Again, this maybe tricky if you are not familiar with editing your website but check out my WordPress Template Demo which shows the shopping cart in use should you need some help with a template.
Experience Product List
This is a great way to display multiple products in a neat way – masonry style. Each product has an image, title, duration and price. This setup demands more pages be created on your website. It works this way – Select a product, go to the product page and if booked will then be directed to the checkout page.
Experience Product Page
Similar to the experience time selector except any descriptions or photos you add to the experience in Bokun will display on the page. Great for a complete product presentation but not good for SEO. None of the content will be searchable because it loads into an iFrame, so better with a WordPress template here where you add your own text descriptions and images onto your website.
Read deeper explanations from Bokun’s Help Section
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