Easy & elegant appointment scheduling for WordPress websites
Simply Schedule Appoints (SSA) is one of the newer WordPress booking plugins that’s become quite popular mostly due to its simplistic interface. This plugin is particularly ideal for WordPress sites that want to let customers book phone calls, meetings, or coaching sessions. While many other appointment plugins are either too basic or complicated, SSA seems to find the right balance between usability and functionality. It comes across as elegant (from a design perspective) while also delivering the numerous features and performance you need.
Pros and Cons
Compared to other booking plugins for WordPress, SSA offers a powerful free version that maybe everything you need to deploy appointment booking on your site. The plugin interface is built using Vue.js and the REST API, allowing for speed and efficiency. This plugin claims to be fully responsive on any device. For purposes of flexibility and scalability, SSA integrates with a number of other tools, including the likes of Gravity Forms, LifterLMS, and more. The plugin is actively maintained with regular updates.
Some users have reported experiencing email delivery, cron errors, and plugin loading issues. But the plugin vendor seems to be very proactive in addressing any concerns. In addition to these issues being resolved the plugin's help center, the customer support team responds to queries on the same day. Many developers have personally acknowledged (in these reviews) that their questions and issues were addressed promptly.
Which WordPress Sites is This Plugin Ideal For?
The development team promises that SSA works for any WordPress-based business that is looking to easily integrate bookings and reservation functionality. This includes entrepreneurs, hair salons, yoga studios, personal trainers, web developers, personal/business coaches, consultants, lawyers, bakeries, contractors, wedding coordinators, handyman services, car dealers, dress shops, boutiques, dance studios, exercise studios, nutritionists, fitness professionals, music teachers, and workshop teachers.
How Does it Work?
Simply Schedule Appointments WordPress plugin is fairly easy to use. Once you download and install the plugin, an interactive onboarding wizard is presented to site admins - making it easy to add services, providers, and set up booking in just a few minutes. The plugin provides numerous options to customize your booking experience, ranging from notifications to payment options and design customization. All versions of SSA (including the free version) easily integrate with common page builders such as Divi, Elementor, and Beaver builder. This allows developers and site admins to drag-and-drop elements and customize their booking form after the theme and brand style. From the front-end, customers can follow a simple and interactive process to complete their booking via beautiful and intuitive interfaces on both mobile and web. Should you need help anywhere along the way, the plugin website offers a well-organized Help Center to guide you.
SSA comes loaded with diverse features to remove the hassle out of emailing, scheduling, and confirming clients.
Advanced scheduling – configure availability by day, time, or appointment type. Easily remove your availability during birthdays, holidays, etc.
Calendar sync – sync with Google calendar to avoid scheduling overlaps.
Custom booking fields – create additional booking form fields to collect all the info you need from your customers.
Notifications – send email notifications and SMS reminders to reduce missed appointments.
Customizable style – alter the fonts and colors to match your theme and brand identity.
Conversion tracking – understand your customer funnel and optimize for better conversions.
3rd party integrations – flexible integration with numerous tools including form builders, Google Analytics, Google Meet, Google Tag, Zoom, Facebook pixel, Segment, Zapier webhooks, and Mailchimp.
Setup wizard – set everything up and activate appointments on your site even if you have little technical know-how.
Simply Schedule Appointments is a considerably powerful free version (compared to most other plugins) that has all the features a business with basic booking requirements may need. The premium version of this appointment scheduling plugin is available in 3 editions, unlocking even more flexibility to suit your growing needs.
Plus Edition – available at $99. This plan comes with one year of updates and support, custom form fields, classes and group events, Google Calendar, and google Meet integration.
Professional Edition – available at $199 and comes with all the features in Plus along with the capabilities to take payments, track conversions and goals, and send reminders. This version also receives live support via Zoom.
Business Edition – this package is available at $299 and allows you to manage schedules for multiple staff and locations, along with group events and teams. Live support via Zoom is available as well.
In many ways, Simply Schedule Appointments provides all the features you may need for a simplistic and yet effective reservation experience. Additionally, the plugin team is constantly releasing new features and updates that make this WP booking calendar plugin even more formidable. These include team booking and resource (rooms, equipment, rentable items, etc.) management. The pricing is also quite affordable compared to many other booking plugins for WordPress.