Divi Cloud

Using the cloud for access to 60 plus (evergrowing) layouts.

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Zenyatta Layout

A Tour booking layout made for Divi Cloud, set up to work with Bookly Plugin.

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Booking Plugins

A look at 5 different booking plugins, and why you should (or shouldn’t) use them.

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Tours layout for Divi Cloud and Booking Plugins

Divi Cloud

An exciting new service launched just a week and a half ago, a service that is designed to speed up your development process, with professional looking sites, and keeping your most important asset very happy, your client.


Divi Cloud, by Divi United.

This is a highly anticipated service / add-on, that connects directly to  your Divi dashboard and loads from a selection of ever growing layout choices fast.

I instantly thought to myself, is this for me? I take pride in creating custom layouts, and I have folders with layouts on my desktop. But this is different, this is visual, and already connected to my dashboard, and half of my clients cannot afford a custom designed layout. Well for a small $10 to $20 a month, you get access to very nice, professional layouts, that you can quickly load, semi-customized by you, and the price-point affordable to your client, yet keeps your hourly rate in the triple digits. To me, the monthly expense is a no brainer, and can easily be diversified amongst your projects, which in turn, speeds up your production.

Which leads me to my next exciting layout, ready for summer business, and the first of many creations that will be for the Agency Divi Cloud plan. Tours layout for Divi Cloud and Booking Plugins

Zenyatta Divi Layout for tour booking

Zenyatta – Divi Layout for Tours and Events

Divi Dojo’s latest layout, focused on travel, tours and / or event booking, is all set to knock the socks off of your client who has any type of booking necessity.

I designed this layout with the tour guide client in mind, no matter what it is, I just picked a few that you’ll see in the demo layout. Designed with very little text on the landing, streamlining the customer scrolling through 1. who you are (credibility), 2. what you do (user satisfaction), and 3. where do you want to go? (user books tour with only 1 click). All of the extended text can be added as either an overlay, or pop-up, or even on to a secondary page.

When using this layout, it’s meant to allow you to swap out the  imagery and replace with your client’s images, however, they can also be used as a demonstration for establishing a level of quality and professionalism of the photographs used.

This layout is also set up with a focused section on booking that all important “closer” for your client, located just below the areas of interest.  I say closer, because this is the very reason someone is coming to this type of website, and most sites I see, the booking portion is buried 2 or 3 pages deep.  The big airline booking sites get it, but visually, I think most of them suck. They’ve abandoned the visuals that draw you in, and created this bland, textual overload, that even makes one site look just like the other. So hopefully you can see that this site is focused on visuals, and minimizing the text overload to its bare necessity.

Now which booking plugin should you use?

Finding Clients: Did you know that in the US alone, there are over 67,000 travel and tour businesses – that oh by the way either need a website or an upgrade to Divi.

Tours & Booking, Divi Cloud, and Booking plugins

Travel Trend Report

Travel Trend Report 2017

Free Download E-Book by Trekksoft

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A few insights on behalf of Trekksoft, an external site that you could offer your client, and offer some interesting click-to CTA’s.

What you can share with your Tour booking client.

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Booking Plugins

Here are 5 different booking plugins worth looking into, why you should be using, or not using.

Bookly

This is an easy to use, responsive booking plugin that also integrates well with Google Calendar and Woo Commerce. This is packed with features, an online form builder, built-in email notifications and accepts online payments. This has it all, and it comes with a price, $59, but for all it’s features, not a bad price. It also comes with a slew of add-ons should your clients booking biz require more than the basic set-up.

               

Learn more about Bookly here.

Calendly

Defining themselves as “changing the way you schedule” can be awesome, or confusing. In this case, it seems to be very simple to set-up and easy to book with, at a price of free / premium $8 / and Pro $12, has all the booking features, very customizable, but short of Woo Commerce and payment options. For the price, you can probably work that out.

     

Learn more about Calendly here.

Booked

This plugin has a very clean look for a smooth user-experience, and for just under $50, it packs a lot of features within this affordable service plugin. This one also connects with Woo Commerce for booking and payments, and built in booking agents allowing you to manage incoming appointment requests. This also has extensive customizing features to blend in with your site, so you won’t need to know a lot of CSS.

               

Learn more about Booked here.

Birchpress Scheduler

This is a self proclaimed premium WordPress Appointment Booking plugin with online appointments, calendar sync, email reminders and customizable booking form with Woo Commerce online payments as well.  This plugin is very concise, with a multi-teared pricing and feature structure that ranges from $75 – $300. It appears to stretch a bit further than the rest, which may be a great thing if your client requires all the features beyond a standard booking requires.  For the price, I’m not too impressed with the lack of on-board customization, you better be a coder for this one. On a positive note, they get great reviews from their users 85/100 gave it 5 stars on their user-download page, there’s definitely more than meets the eye with this one.

          

Learn more about Birchpress here

Trip Advisor

Lastly, not a standard plugin for WordPress, and often overlooked to integrate into your client’s site, but Trip Advisor offers both superb recognition factor to the customer, plus integration capabilities. If your client does travel related tours, I recommend using this possibly in combination with one of the above plugins, and if your client is in this industry and has not created a Trip Advisor account, help them do that too. Oh and this one offers tracking that most of the others don’t, as it is focused mainly on lead generation with a jump to their site for the rest of the booking.

     

Learn more about integrating Trip Advisor here

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