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 iCalendar Feeds - Booking Sync

Solution

Create the page for iCalendar feed.

You must have 1 page with this custom template Published. You don’t need to access this page in front.

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How iCalendar works:

Export

The only thing you need to do for exporting a feed in iCalendar format is to create a page in wordpress admin with the template: ICAL FEED . Once that page is generated the link you can find in calendar section becomes active and you can export the booking data into other websites like aibnb.com or homeaway.com.

To export your calendar data you should copy that url (for ex https://wprentals.org/ical-feed-export/?ical=763310533de8d2e03fe564b0693bcc344) and paste it into the 3rd party website. Below is a screen capture with the airbnb import feature. This is where you should post the link and airbnb will read the booking data from your website and synchronize it with the the their version of the listing’.

airbnb-import

Note: the iCalendar link will export data in ics format which is non readable by web browsers.

Import

In the calendar section you need to paste the external feed of the iCalendar. Once you hit save the first synchronization is made and data gets imported. There is also a cron job that will check the feed every 3h hours for the new info. If you want to manually trigger the synchronisation just push save again.

The feed you paste in there is created by other 3rd party websites . In the image below you see the feed from airbnb.com

airbnb-export

The external booking data will appear in the calendar page with a special purple label (bookings made on your website will be in the green label). It would show either the external source (like Airbnb) or external (in cases like home away – because they don’t add the name in the UID parameter in iCalendar feed).

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 Import multiple feeds

This option allows you to add feeds from multiple platforms (like Airbnb,HomeAwayy etc at the same time)

How to get to the Calendar Tab:

Go to user dashboard – my properties – edit property:

edot property

And then to Calendar Tab:

calendar tab

calendar tab 2

How to import hourly bookings using ICalendar

Get the Ical url from a platform that has option to add hourly bookings and add it to  Calendar Tab.

Example how to block hours in Google Calendar and get the ical url:

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IMPORTANT
When have hourly booking setup for listings
  • the calendar is not displayed in front end submit – Calendar page;
  • for a listing to not be displayed in search results when making a search after a certain date it must have booked the entire day that is mandatory to start with hour 1 and end to hour 23:
Please note that in Google Calendar when select hours have option to select from 00:00am to  23:30pm which means 23h 30minutes.
30 minutes are not booked. In order to book them must block for the same day hours from 23:30pm to 00:00am as displayed in this screenshot:

Install WP Crontrol plugin

Edit ICAL CRON

The cron job that checks for new feed data is in events.php in function  setup_event_wp_estate_sync_ical.

 

 
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