The ‘Availability’ tab is where we begin to add instant and recurring availability. This is where we start to take the booking widget out of 'Request' mode and into 'Table' mode.
Think of the 'Availability' tab as adding stock to your tables - as bookings start to come in, the stock decreases.
Right now, as shown in the previous lessons, your booking widget is in 'Request' mode. We have added tables to the system, but we have not stated when the tables can have customers sitting at those tables. When a booking happens, the system is unsure when a table is available, that's why it's sending through a request. As soon as we add availability to that table, we will start to see instant availability happening.
If still unsure, feel free to watch the below video.
Adding a Re-occurring Availability
1- Make sure you are in the ‘Table’ section of the ‘Availability’ tab.
2 - From the ‘Table’ column, choose the tables you want. This section will display a list of all tables that you created in the ‘Tables and Sections’ tab.
3 - Select the desired amount from the ‘Available’ section. Please keep in mind you will only be able to enter values that are exact, or less than what you specified in the ‘Tables and Sections’ tab.
4 - Hover over the desired period in the ‘Timeslots’ area and click on the 'drop down' arrows.
5 - Additional times will appear after clicking. By checking each individual checkbox, you can specify when you WANT the tables to be instantly available.
6 - Next, select the days on which your availability blockout recurs.
7 - If you want to add availability to more than one table, repeat this process by clicking the 'Add Another Table' button.
8 - When finished, click ‘Save’.
What Just Happened?
You have begun to create availability for your tables. You can choose to make tables available at all times, on certain days only, or at specific times only. The choice is yours and the system is able to handle all the creative scenarios you come up with.
If we go to your booking widget now, we can see the time slots are green for the tables you have made available. If you would like a more detailed breakdown of this, feel free to go over the above video.
Knowing the Difference between 'Request' Mode and 'Instant Availability'.