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Birchpress Scheduler makes it very easy to capture credit card and PayPal payments without having to integrate with a third-party gateway. Keep in mind though that if you want to use other payment methods, you'll have to integrate with WooCommerce.
Birchpress Scheduler currently lacks a free version. There was a free version on the WordPress plugin repository but this has been discontinued.
Users are still able to get a feel of this plugin by trying out the demo on the official website. However, while the demo provided on the official website gives users a hint of the functionality, it doesn't allow you to see how it integrates with your individual website.
BirchPress enables website owners to add online appointment forms. Visitors can check availability, book appointments, or make reservations online. The plugin synchronizes with Google Calendar, Outlook, iCal, and other common calendars. Email notifications and/or reminders are automatically sent to users after events are booked, rescheduled, or canceled. Appointment booking forms can be added to any WordPress page or post right from the WordPress admin dashboard. All bookings are managed from the WordPress admin dashboard.
Here's a recap of the key features:
BirchPress has 3 premium versions: personal, business, and business+. The pricing model is very friendly - whereby you are charged per site based on the features you need.
BirchPress scheduler offers reasonable bookings and appointment setting functionality at a comparatively good price point. It comes with diverse features along with the ability to write unique functions that extend the capabilities of this plugin. The fact that the freemium version is not available means users lack the opportunity to see how the plugin works for them before they buy the premium version.