VikBooking v1.12 - A boost to your management tools
We are pleased to announce the release of the new Vik Booking v1.12! This important update introduces a brand new framework with tens of new features.
Updating will be very easy for those who are using the Channel Manager (e4jConnect service), and for those who have recently purchased the software. However, those who never used the Channel Manager, and those who have an expired Support License, will not be able to download the update for free.
Vik Booking and Vik Channel Manager together make a complete software suite for any kind of accommodation. Thanks to all the suggestions and feature requests collected from our clients, we were able to add several improvements and new functions to our complete hotel software suite.
This important release provides the support for the new e4jConnect App and the future versions of Vik Channel Manager. It also brings several improvements and new functions to simplify the every-day operations.
Thanks to the update methods, you will find all the new features in your installation without losing your data. If you have made some adjustments to the previous styles, then make sure to have applied them through the apposite custom CSS files (there's one for the back-end and one for the front-end - more details available in the Knowledge Base section of this site), or by using the Joomla overrides functions.
What's new in the version 1.12?
The change-log is available at the link below, where most of the various improvements and new features are explained. We invite you to take a look at the new demo website back-end to see all the differences with your own eyes. For some screen shots, and the full change-log, please visit the Free Updates page at this link.
Before installing this update, make sure your account meets the new requirements for the free download. In fact, the update for Vik Booking 1.12 is free only for those who are using the Channel Manager (e4jConnect service), and for those who have purchased the software after December 2018. The Support License lasts for 6 months from the last purchase date, and this coincides with December 2018 because it's exactly 6 months before the release date of Vik Booking 1.12 (end May 2019).
There's a paid version of the update for those who are not allowed to update for free, which costs € 29 like for our other extensions. By purchasing this package it will be possible to update to the latest version 1.12 also for those who never used the Channel Manager, and this purchase will renew your Support License for 6 more months.
How to upgrade to Vik Booking v1.12
The update process is very fast for those who are using at least the version 1.9 (or the versions 1.10, 1.11). Those who have the version 1.8 or older, instead will have to follow the same steps as for upgrading to the previous version 1.9. Then it will be possible to upgrade to the latest version.
To get started, download the Update Package from this link (this is valid for all those who are willing to upgrade to the latest version). The Update Package contains all the necessary instructions for updating, while you will be able to update your Modules through the Joomla native update functions.
- Vik Booking v1.9, v1.10 and v1.11 Users
Download, install and publish the plugin Vik Updater if you haven't done that yet. Our plugin is used to deliver patches beside updates, so we definitely recommend to use it. You can download Vik Updater from this link. You can choose to upgrade to the latest version by using our plugin Vik Updater, or by using the Joomla native Update functions. Both methods will work.
- Vik Booking v1.8 Users
Inside the Update Package you will find some README files with a detailed list of instructions for updating. The update method in this case is the same as for installing the previous version 1.9, with the only difference that now you will get the latest version. For more details, please visit our previous Blog Post at this link.
- Vik Booking v1.7 (or older) Users
Keeping the extension up to date is fundamental, especially in the case of such an important extension for your own website and business. It looks like you haven't updated your extension since 2015. Luckily, if you have the version 1.7, or even an older version, you can still upgrade to the latest version. However, the update process will be a bit longer, because first you will need to install a two years old update that will bring you to the version 1.8, then you should follow the instructions for the v1.8 Users (above), and finally you will get to the final version. Please be aware that it's like if you are using a different software right now. So many things have changed since then, so it's time to update.
Got Errors During the Update?
If the update process gave you some errors, then it may be possible that your current installation or account are not allowed to install the update to the version 1.12 for free.
For example, if you received an error message like "Error connecting to the server: 403" or "403 Forbidden", then you are more likely to not have made any purchases within 6 months for this extension, for the Channel Manager, or for the paid version of the update. As explained above, if you have purchased the Channel Manager, then you are always allowed to download the updates for free without any other kind of extra charge. Another possible reason of a similar 403 Error could be related to the fact that you are trying to install the update on a non-registered domain, or on localhost, which is always forbidden for our servers.
If you are willing to purchase the Channel Manager or the paid version of the Update (available at this link), then you should make sure to make this purchase by using the same email address as for the first purchase of Vik Booking. This is fundamental, otherwise you will not allow your domain to be able to download and install the update. In order to renew your Support License and be able to update to the final version, you need to use the same account or email address to purchase the paid version of the update.
If you are sure to meet the necessary requirements, and if you are still unable to download the free update, make sure that your domain is registered under your account on our website.
Other similar error messages that could mean the same thing are the followings:
"unregistered", "Failed to download package. Download it and install manually from....", "No purchases found for Vik Channel Manager...", "Error connecting to the server", "Forbidden", "403".
The easiest way to validate your order number is to try to download the Update Package from this link. If your order number is eligible to download the free update, then no Forbidden errors should be returned during the update process.
We hope you enjoy your new Vik Booking!