Posted: September 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm
I’m a photographer and I want to do two things with EE.
For example, let’s say that a photographer wants to book my studio for a shoot. I see a workflow something like:
How can I do this?
People have done this in the past but it’s a beast to manage. Event Espresso was never designed to be a booking system, and to do bookings, you need to create an event for every single block of time available. (Hence why it’s a beast.) You can make it a bit more manageable by enabling “Use registration limits on time slots” and adding multiple time slots for your events, but even so, you still need to have an event for every single day that you are going to have yourself or your studio available. And when you start doing that many events, you can run into other problems because of the number of events you’re running at the same time (I wouldn’t recommend, for example, creating 365 events so you have everything set up for the whole year — I would do maybe a month at a time).
With that said, yes, it’s possible and, again, it has been done. However:
1) The calendar doesn’t display whether an event is booked up or not. It will display regardless. I actually tried adding a remaining spaces line to the event in the calendar so you could see at a glance whether it was still open or not, but it just broke stuff. We may be able to add this in eventually when we look at replacing the calendar.
2) It’s not possible to add a padding like you describe to the event (unless you want to add a new event for that for every time block).
Submitting the registration form and paying via PayPal is, of course, possible and built-in to Event Espresso.
We’ve had a number of discussions about this in our developer conferences and this is a use that we’re definitely thinking about, but it will really require a whole different system to be able to manage it easily.
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