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Steve
Is the Bookings component suitable for a single holiday house / cottage as opposed to booking rooms at a hotel?

Thanks Steve

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Staff E4j
Hi,
Yes, a lot of our clients are using VikBooking for single apartments or houses. You just need to set up the program from the Configuration because in your case, you don't want the users to be able to select the number of rooms. By setting the Default Number of Rooms to 1 from the Search Parameters in the Configuration, the drop down for the Number of Rooms will not be displayed in the search form.
Lionweb
I've 3 room available, but I want to hide the drop-down for number of rooms. I set it in the configuration to 1, but the drop-down still shows...
Staff E4j
@Lionweb: it's because some settings of the configuration are saved in the php session and with the same browser it takes around 15 minutes of inactivity before the session gets renewed. With a different browser you would see the new configuration settings being applied immediately.
Steve
Could I suggest that the fact some of the settings are also saved in the session is mention more in the documentation as this also caught me out.

I have just finished a site using Vikbooking and the customer is well pleased!

Thanks Steve
Ingin Ibiza
Hi,
I'm creating special prices for summer 2014 season but when i save the special price the date change to 2013

thanks.

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Staff E4j
Hi,
Don't worry, the Special Prices are not tied to the year. You are seeing 2013 even though you had selected 2014 but the Special Price will be applied also to 2014, 2015...
Rob Jones
I would like to use Vik Booking to manage reservations for an RV Park/Campground similar to this: https://v3.bookyoursite.com/pinemountaingeorgia/reservation?park=pinemountaingeorgia

Will it work for this application without requiring modifications?

Thanks!

-Rob

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Staff E4j
Hi,

If the fares will only be per night (not hourly) then VikBooking should work without problems. For managing the Unit Types like in that website, you should use the Categories to filter the results in the search and apply different rates.
You might have to work on the language definitions as I assume you don't want to show words like Rooms, Apartment etc..
Please have a look at the demo website of the program to see if all the functions that you need are available.
Rob Jones
One more question: I see that it supports Authorize.Net AIM, are there instructions for configuring that? I didn't see them anywhere. I have the Merchant ID and Transaction key, but where do I enter that information in Vik Booking?

Thanks!
Staff E4j
The Merchant ID and the Transaction Key need to be entered manually inside the php file of the payment gateway for Authorize.net. You will find some comments inside that php file next to where you have to put your credentials.
Rob Jones
Ah, that's what I was thinking had to be done. I just couldn't find any specific instructions. Thanks!
Studio Insight
Hello,
I would like to know if it's possible to interface Vik Booking with system of payment by credit card / POS
Thanks

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Staff E4j
Hello,

Yes, the framework of VikBooking supports any kind of payment gateway. You basically have to create a php file that executes two main functions, sending the payment information to your Bank gateway and then validating the server response.
You should use the pre-installed methods of payment as example. Those php files are inside the administrator folder of VikBooking, /payments/. The structure of those files will help you create the interface with your Bank.
You can find more details in the Documentations page but you are going to need a manual and maybe some example files from your bank.
Gbc Support
I need to have the component running in three separate instances in the same website. I have conference booking,wedding hall booking and hotel room booking.

Thanks in advance

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Staff E4j
Hi,

I think you should use three different categories, conference, wedding hall and hotel. Then you should use three different instances of the module vikbooking_search and add a hidden input tag with the ID of the category that you want to filter. This way your users will never be able to do a global search for all your categories.
I think this is the only way for doing it as I assume that you don't want to clone the component twice.
Chris A.
Tagging onto this post because I'm looking to do something similar but not sure if it's the same... so just to clarify, if I want to use vikbooking on the same website for 3 different properties, is that doable using categories? Am I able to allow users to do a global search across my 3 properties then? Thanks in advance!
Staff E4j
@Chris:
If you want to have your 3 properties listed separately then yes, you should use the Categories. This way it won't be possible to have all the 3 properties listed together in the search results page.
Flymo
Hi there, just finishing off configuring Vik Booking and the Template Booking. very pleased so far.
The only problem we seem to have is with emails.
When someone confirms a booking, is the Vik-Booking supposed to send an email to us to tell us someone has booked?
Vik-booking send an email to the User who has confirmed the booking no problem at all, but we do not get a copy?
In the configuration we have listed the admin email, in Joomla the Email settings are correct, and we use a contact form in the Template Booking which also works correct, sending emails to the correct email address.

It just seems to be that when a booking is made, we do not get a copy via email.

Hope you can help

Thanks

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Staff E4j
Hi,
Every time a new booking is made, VikBooking sends an email to the user who has confirmed the booking and also one to the address of the administrator in the Configuration. The message headers From and Reply-To are set as the user email so you should be able to receive that email message.
Check the spam folder of your administrator account because the email message is sent. Maybe if you have changed the address from the Configuration, the program was considering the old value as it is stored in the php session and it doesn't update until the session gets renewed.
Regards
Flymo
Thanks for the quick response, will double check settings and clear php sessions etc
Zedlobo
Hi I've bought your component and it's been great so far!
However I've found a problem, I want to set different restrictions for different rooms (as like one room can only be booked minimum 3 nights the other 5)
Can you please help me?
Thanks in advance, Bruno.

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Staff E4j
Hi,

It is not possible to apply different restrictions to your rooms as you have seen. We might include this feature in the next version of the program but it is not possible for the moment. Restrictions are applied to every room and the only thing that you can do is creating a restriction for 3 minimum nights of stay and then to the rooms that have a minimum number of 5 nights, do not create any cost for 3 and 4 nights. These way the rooms will not show up in the results for 3 nights of stay.
Richard Knight
I agree this is a necessary feature. Additionally it should enable you to choose a date range, not whole months. Peak season (when these restrictions are likely to be necessary) doesn't work on a whole month basis.
Nadine Christiansen
Hello, I have a problem with the Vikbooking Template when using VikBooking Slider & VikBooking Search active simultaneously, the images are displayed one below the other, the problem goes away when I disable the module VikBooking Slider or disable Vikbooking Search.

Joomla! 3.1.1

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Support E4j
Hello,
this is a jQuery conflict, please disable the jQuery parameters, in the vikslider module and Vikbooking Search.

Thank you and regards.
Nadine Christiansen
Done!! Thank you and regards.
Nicola
Hello, I have a problem with the translation of Vikbooking using Falang. when I try to save the translation (publishing it) this is not saved. I see even an errore message when I enter in the vikbooking categories, that say "No valid database connection: DB function fallita con errore numero 1146
Table 'grandhot_jm25_13.j25_vikrentcar_categories' doesn't exist SQL=SELECT c.id, c.name as title, c.name, c.descr, jfc.id as jfc_id, jfc.value as titleTranslation, jfc.modified as lastchanged, jfc.published as published, jfc.language_id, jfl.title as language, jfc.reference_id as jfc_refid FROM j25_vikrentcar_categories as c LEFT JOIN j25_falang_content as jfc ON c.id=jfc.reference_id AND jfc.reference_field='name' AND jfc.reference_table='vikrentcar_categories' AND jfc.language_id=2 LEFT JOIN j25_languages as jfl ON jfc.language_id=jfl.lang_id ORDER BY c.name".
How can I solve this?

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Staff E4j
Hello,
That is a bug in the content element file for the categories of VikBooking. Please open the following file with a good text editor:
/administrator/components/com_falang/contentelements/vikbooking_categories.xml

If you see the xml file has a wrong table name so just change the line
<table name="vikrentcar_categories">
Into:
<table name="vikbooking_categories">

Save the file and re-upload it via ftp. Then everything will work with FaLang.
Nicola
Now it works, but I have the same problem only with Vikbooking Texts, I had to change something else?
Nicola
Excuse me, one last problem, when I translate the rooms description, I can't see it in the public website, but only for the descrption becouse the options and charateristics that I have translated I can see it
Staff E4j
The problem must be related to Falang in that case. Check your Inbox, I've just sent you a private message.
Arno
Hi,
I bought VikBooking (Order Number 6b3d0873) and everythings works fine so far. I will use it on a multi-language site.
The mail that is send to the customer when he makes a reservation is translated to the right language. But when I resend the Mail from the Backend (task=resendordemail), then the mail template is always parsed in english. Even if I switch the backend default language to a different language and give the admin user the same (non-english) default languages.
How can I influence the mail language when I resend mails from the backend?

Thank you very much!
Arno

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Staff E4j
Hi,
The Administrator section of Joomla has a different language file than the one for the front site. So if you want to be able to re-send order emails from the Administrator in different languages you need to have a .ini file in the directory, for example:
/administrator/language/de-DE/de-DE.com_vikbooking.ini
and the Administrator needs to have that language set as default because only one language file per time can be loaded.

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