In v4.16.0 of Booking & Appointment Plugin for WooCommerce, we have released the ‘Bulk Booking Settings‘ feature which allows the store owner to add booking settings to multiple products from one place. So instead of visiting each individual product page and applying the booking settings to it, one can add booking settings to multiple products in one go which results in saving a lot of time of the store owner.
We have added a ‘Bulk Booking Settings‘ tab on Booking -> Settings page, where the options are available under the ‘Bulk Booking Settings‘ section to apply the booking settings for many products.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the ‘Select Products and/or Categories‘ field is available for selecting multiple products or product categories. On clicking this option, the dropdown will display an ‘All products’ option, options of individual products in your store as well as options with different Product Categories. You can select the option of your choice and choose the booking settings you need in the Booking meta box.
Bulk Booking Settings for Products
Let’s say you are running a website that allows people to book appointments for multiple doctors. Using the Booking plugin you want to set up appointments in all or multiple doctors(products). All doctors are available to book on 10:00 – 11:00, 11:00 – 12:00, 12:00 – 13:00, 16:00 – 17:00, 17:00 – 18:00 and 18:00 – 19:00 on all days. Using Fixed Time booking type and Bulk Booking functionality this can be set up easily for multiple products.
As you can see in the above screenshot, Doctor A, Doctor B, and Doctor C is selected in the ‘Products and/or Categories‘ field and enabled required settings in the General tab. Now, let’s create the time slots in the Availability tab.
After adding all the time slots information click on the Save Settings button. This action will add all the selected booking settings in Doctor A, Doctor B, and Doctor C products.
Bulk Booking Settings for Products Categories
Now, let’s say that you wish to add bulk booking settings based on different Product Categories. You can select the specific product category you want, for instance, here we have selected all the products that fall under the ‘Boat Tour’ product category.
Following, this, you can enable the booking for it and select a Booking Type for it, configure the Availability settings and then click on Save Settings to apply it to all the products that fall under the selected Product Category.
If you want to add booking settings for all products then in the Products field you can select ‘All Products‘ option and enable require settings in the Booking Meta box. Clicking on the Save Settings button will save selected booking settings for all the products.
Visit the individual product page if you need to change a particular setting for a particular product after applying the setting in bulk.
Note: If the selected product in the ‘Products’ field is already having booking settings then it will be overridden by the new settings selected in the Booking meta box.
If you want to add, delete and update the availability-related information only in multiple products then you can use the Manage Availability of Products functionality of the Booking plugin.
This post explains how to save your valuable time by setting the same booking settings directly from the Bulk Booking Settings tab rather than setting them up individually for all products.
This makes the admin experience of the Booking & Appointment Plugin for WooCommerce seamless and quick.