The recurring events function has been enhanced so that you can now create events with a sequence.
Before you could create a service that consisted of certain days during the week (for example each Monday and Wednesday) that would then re-occur for a certain number of weeks according to the service settings. This was great for those who were selling access to classes such as private trainers, coaches etc. A client could select a date, and then get access to this class for a certain number of weeks.
We have now enhanced this function with periodic sequence. This means that you can now create a service that occurs with a certain days interval. This means you can do various clever things with it.
1. Lets say that you wanted an appointment to repeat for 3 days in a row when a client makes an appointments. Then you set the period between bookings to 1, and repeat 3 times. This would allow the client to book a 3 day appointment that happens on same time each day for 3 days in a row.
2. Another possibility is to sell a X time sequence to a service pack. As an example of usage is that you could create a 10 session massage, that would happen every week on the same day and same time that client chooses. In this case you would set period between appointments to 7, and repetition to 10 times. If user would make a booking on Mondays at 4 pm, then he would get bookings every Monday for the the next 10 weeks at the same time. Remark that if a Monday is not available, you can have the appointment move to the next available Monday, or not to be bookable at all. You can choose the settings that suits you. You can also set a 14 days (2 weeks sequence), 30 days, 3 days or what ever sequence fits you to have between appointments.
3. If you wanted a client booked long into the future as a repeat client and don’t want this as a service visible on the web. Just create a new service, mark it as invisible on web, make it recurring, choose periodic, create the sequence you need, like 7 days (every week), the required repetitions such as 20 or even 52 for a whole year of bookings for selected clients.
To set up a recurring service, just go to Manage – Services, create a new service or edit an existing one and check the recurring box. You can then choose whether it is weekly based or periodic depending on your needs !