Hotel web sites: the best WordPress resources [Quick Guide]
we saw a few weeks ago that WordPress was the ideal solution for create a website for restaurants but its flexibility and its power does not stop there! What happened to the hotel web sites? Can easily create complex and effective sites for hotels, Bed & Breakfast, campsites, B & B or gites?
Of course! I’ve scoured the Web to find the best resources and I propose you to discover without further delay…
1 WordPress themes specialized hotel web sites
WordPress offers many possibilities, you may choose to build your site using general themes so-called “multi-purpose ” or even opt for a specialist theme allowing you to get better results. This is certainly on the side of the platform ThemeForest that you will find your happiness…
WP is a very recent theme that offers a stunning design in addition to being very well designed… Everything is there: parallax effect, editable colors, Instagram Feed, Revolution Slider, Google Fonts etc… On the side of the hotel sector-specific features, the template will allow you to detail your rooms to include reviews and comments from your customers, add very elegant galleries and set different rates according to the seasons… Regarding the booking system, it is impressive! With only 3 clicks, the user can check availability and book a stay with the option to pay the whole or only the deposit. It may also choose to add optional services that you have previously defined. The theme developers compare even this reservation system to the AirBnB site!
- Price $ 64
- Release Date: March 13, 2017
HOTEL MASTER is a template for the hotel web sites, it is ultra complete and offers many options specific to this sector. Not only is it compatible with WPML and WooCommerce, two essential extensions for this type of activity, but in addition it offers demos in one click Import, three different layouts for the rooms along with many features such as:
- creating and adding various customized services
- a unlimited number of seasonal rates,
- (independent of the WooCommerce extension) efficient booking system
- the choice of the means of payment
- management of discount coupons
- the choice of schedules of arrival and departure
- the ability to assign discounts based on the number of nights reserved
- the ability to block some rooms some dates
as you can see, the General templates will never be able to compete with the specialization of the theme Hotel Master ! In addition, in the package, guests premium Master Slider plugin.
- Price: $ 65
- Release Date: April 13, 2015
LOTUS is a young theme, it is modern and you can easily build your hotel web sites , be it for a guest room, a bed, or even a hotel. Many features are available as:
- reservations online through a form with fields advanced directly on the homepage
- management of adults / children
- the management of different rates according to the dates / seasons
- Gallery filterable
- ‘Rétina Ready’ option
- the Google Fonts etc…
He also manages the restaurant part and view your menus according to several layouts.
The theme is embedded with 3 premium plugins (Visual Composer / Revolution Slider / AweBooking) and of course, it is compatible with WooCommerce and WPML. Bonus: demos are installable with one click.
- Price: $ 59
- Release Date: December 5, 2016
2. Plugins of reservations
If you have not opted for a theme in the hotel web sites , you will then need to call a reservation plugin that will allow you to get the same results. There are several, and each offers features that their are clean, make sure to properly compare them. Most of the time, these are premium or fine freemiums plugins…
Awebooking is a premium plugin that allows WordPress to offer an online booking to any site. On the side of the front end, the customer will be able to check availability and then book. On the side of the back-end, the site owner can easily manage its schedules of reservations.
Among the many features offered by Awebooking:
- the unlimited creation of rooms with different settings options: rate, the management of the status of the room etc…
- the management of tariffs according to dates specific
- the definition and management of various optional packages such as the 1/2 Board, full Board, breakfast etc…
- the management of tariffs based on adults and children
- the management of reservations that can be fully editable on the side administration
- the ability to accept payments (integration WooCommerce)
- forms are fully editable
with Awebooking , manage a hotel or a guesthouse is a breeze!
HBOOK is a plugin premium that allows you to manage your hotel reservations, bed and breakfast, cottage or even camping… It offers a booking form, manages the calendars and tables of rates and allows payment via PayPal or Stripe.
On the administrative side, you’ll manage your calendars with ease, you will define your different types of rooms and your different seasonalities, you can also build your different booking rules (your dates of arrival and departure, the minimum and maximum stay duration, discounts according to your rules etc.), not to mention the different types of rates, optional services and charges. You can easily customize various templates of emails (email notification to the administrator and to the customer, booking confirmation email, email of cancellation etc…).
HBOOK is a very good alternative to templates specialized since you can use it on any WordPress theme.
WP HOTEL BOOKING is a free plugin available on the official WordPress plugins directory. It for nothing to envy to the kind premium plugins. Thanks to him, you will get a worthy of the big hotels reservation system which will allow you:
- manage the different types of room reservations
- to organize your cardex customers
- to generate discount coupons
- to establish your rates as well as optional services
- to block some reservations based on the dates
- connect your site with 4 types of payment (offline (, PayPal, Stripe and Authorize.net)
, you will be able to manage multiple currencies and multiple languages… This extension could well be the solution to create your hotel web sites at lower cost.
3. Plugins reviews
in addition to the reservation and the description of your rooms, should not forget to generate interactions with your customers… In the hotel sector, e-reputation is very important and you could improve it through applications specialized in this field…
businesses have an incentive to create their card Google My Business (Google address) and more so if it is a restaurant or a hotel. This solutiIt allows users and Internet users to leave a review.
Thanks to the plugin Google Place Reviews , you can bring up the ratings of your customers directly from your web site. Its use is very simple, once the extension installed and enabled, you won’t generate your API for free on the site dedicated then you can then add the module in your sidebar for the menu appearance > Widget . See instead the following video…
Trip Advisor is a very popular platform where users can rate a restaurant or a hotel and leave a comment. According to the note of your institution, you may qualify for more visibility since many Internet users rely on the Trip Advisor reviews.
Then you could encourage your customers to leave a comment directly from your WordPress site, however, there is no plugins for this purpose, or at least not recent and maintained plugins… You must then use one of the widgets provided and generated by the Trip Advisor platform. The process is very simple:
- go to the page of the TripAdvisor Widgets and enter the name of your institution (for my example, I chose the Ritz London) and then click “Next”
- select the type of badge (widget) that you’d like to appear on your site and customize it as needed
- copy the code generated by Trip Advisor and then paste it into a ‘Text’ widget that you will put in the sidebar or the footer of your site (menu appearance > Widget )
you see, it’s very simple! Now, your hotel, guesthouse or b & b will be able to generate Trip Advisor reviews directly from your site!
4. To go away
do not essential for your hotel web sites, try to offer features that will differentiate you from your competitors! Put yourself in the shoes of the customer and think about the different ways that could increase your sales of nights :
No specific developments to get a functional and effective web site to promote your hotel or any other business in the hotel industry! Simply choose the perfect WordPress theme and target the plugins that will best adapt to your activity…
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