VikBooking v1.13 Update

The latest version 1.13 was released on March 23rd 2020. This is one of the biggest updates ever made!

The update is free only for those who are using the Channel Manager, and for those who still have an active Support License (purchase made within 6 months).

Those who cannot update for free should purchase the paid version of the update for € 29 (from this Link).


Notice

The new version 1.13 is the result of several months of intense programming. We have collected a lot of suggestions and feature requests from our clients to build a better software that could be used every day by receptionists and hotel managers.

The updates for those who are using the Channel Manager and the e4jConnect service will ALWAYS be free of charge. However, those who have purchased the software more than 6 months ago, and that are NOT using the Channel Manager, are not allowed to download or install the update for free.

Vik Booking has become the only open source Booking Engine for a CMS that competes with the most popular accommodations software of the world. This level was reached thanks to the complementary extension Vik Channel Manager and the e4jConnect service. In fact, our company is now listed as a Premier Partner on OTAs like Booking.com.

We can say that Vik Booking 1.13 is now even more oriented to work together with the Channel Manager as a full software-suite, even though it can still be used without it. Updates are probably not free for some users, but hopefully, the long list of new features implemented in this version will make upgrading worth it.

This new version comes out in a moment where the entire world is battling against an invisible beast, that is strongly affecting several business fields as well as our lives. We hope this boost to our software capabilities will shed some light on your business and will make you ready for the rebirth of the tourism industry.


Here are some screen shots of the new features:

IMPORTANT:

Please read this message carefully before updating. It won't take you longer than 1 minute

  • By installing the update, all the front-end and back-end Views will be overwritten. The same thing works for the (main) CSS files (not the custom CSS file) and for the English .INI files.
  • Any modifications made to the CSS styles should be backed up, as well as the whole website in order to lower the risks of getting unexpected results. VikBooking loads a custom CSS file at last where you can put all your styles modifications. This file has the suffix _custom.css in the name (more details available in the Knowledge Base section). Backing up the whole site, files and database included, is strongly recommended.
  • During the first weeks after the release, our technical support team will be facing a high volume of work. We will give higher priority to server issues and lowest priority to CSS/Layout issues. We kindly ask you to check the Documentation and the Knowledge Base sections of our website before asking for help. Response timing will be slower than usual.

What's new in VikBooking v1.13 ?

Please read all the new features below and check them out in the new demo website (back-end included):

Front-End Demo Back-End Demo


CHANGE-LOG:

  • New Features

  • New back-end and front-end framework This is a major release that introduces hundreds of improvements and tens of new features
  • Brand New design This version has a new responsive look & feel in the entire back-end
  • Guest Reviews Those who are also using Vik Channel Manager will be able to start receiving reviews from the guests for their stays
  • Occupancy Forecast A new widget has been placed in the Dashboard as well as in the page Rates Overview to monitor the future occupancy
  • Reports Graphs and Sheets Certain reports, such as the occupancy ranking, will render the data also on line charts
  • Shared Calendars It is now possible to link the availability calendars between multiple rooms
  • Upsell Extra Services Guests will be able to upgrade their bookings (website and OTAs/Channels) by ordering some extra services through your site at any time
  • OTA Booking details Any reservation downloaded by the Channel Manager will be also visible by your guests on your website
  • Back-end reservations with front-end rate plans The page Calendar will now display the front-end rate plans for selection
  • Rates Calculator Book Now button The useful tool of the Rates Overview will now let you use a Book Now button to quickly book a room-rate plan combination
  • Custom Documents for Customers It is now possible to upload custom files for any customers to keep track of them
  • New compact layout for multiple rooms bookings booking multiple rooms, like a group of rooms, is much faster now
  • Improvements

  • Booking History Added several new events to keep track of any modification made for a booking
  • Vik Channel Manager Automatic triggering of reports, reviews download and opportunities with a new promotion sync system
  • OTA Reviews Module You will now be able to display your website reviews as well as the Global Score of your property(s)
  • FontAwesome updated The FontAwesome library was updated to their latest version
  • New back-end filtering options Added several new filters in the back-end Views
  • Pre-checkin for OTA bookings Guests can now self check-in even if they booked through an external channel

If you don't need any of these new features, please do not update as the previous version is still stable although no longer supported.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE UPGRADE?

  • No rooms, rates or bookings will be lost. All your data will be maintained as is before the update.
  • All the views of the front-end will be overwritten as well as a lot of other php files, including the CSS of both the administrator and front site sections of VikBooking.
  • Make sure to move any CSS customization onto the dedicated custom CSS files for the front-end and back-end (editable from the Configuration page).
  • All the language translations will not be touched except for the English translation that will be overwritten with the new language definitions.
  • Italian customers: the update will replace and update the Italian language files just like for the English files.

READY TO UPGRADE?

Download the Update Package and check our blog post for instructions

We suggest installing the Vik Updater plugin to upgrade to the latest version of Vik Booking with just a few clicks.

Update Instructions Got errors while updating?


Please insert your order number and click on Download to see if it's allowed to download the update for free:
(the order number is in the order email that you received for downloading the component)


Order Number:

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