Want to allow you clients to book appointments on your website using Bookable Appointment Slots in Google Calendar? I wouldn’t be writing this tutorial if I could find a comprehensive tutorial online, or if Google help documents weren’t as confusing. It turned out not as simple and intuitive as I originally anticipated. I hope this short tutorial will help my clients and others find their way around google account in order to create google calendar and embed it on their website.
I know that your time is precious, so let’s keep this a point form shall we? Before we start we need a mind-map of what we are doing and why.
Prerequisites – You need G-Suite:
So what’s the catch? The catch is that google wants you to be on their G-Suite plan. Their basic plan is $6 / month. If you don’t have G-Suite you might want to create one.
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Why we are creating bookable calendar on the website?
What are we doing?
Before we dive in:
If you feel comfortable sharing your login information to your google account, we’ll be happy to setup calendar and embed it into your website on your behalf. So if you are an existing or a potential client of ours and feel comfortable sharing your login info to your google account, you can skip all of this and simply email us your login credentials and we’ll do everything on your behalf.
Deep Dive Starts Now:
Let’s create a calendar specific to your business.
We now have created calendar specific to your business.
Setup Reoccurring Bookable Appointment Slots
Making this calendar available to the public & notifications
Allow people to book appointment on your google calendar
Many people think that embedding a calendar allows your website visitors book appointments using google calendar. That is however not the case. Google calendar creates specific link that can be linked to a button that will allow visitor to be redirected to a booking page. Here is how to find that link and add it to your website:
Add link to your site yourself
All that you’ll need is a code like this:
<a href=”your_copied_link_goes_here” target=”_blank”>Link</a>
All that you’ll need to do is to replace “your_copied_link_goes_here” with the actual link and insert it into your theme template file that’s specific to your WordPress page, or to your static HTML page. It can also be inserted in a text editor of your WordPress content block.
If it sounds too confusing, please don’t do it, tampering with source code will likely ruin your site. Simply ask a professional and it can be done under a minute. If you are charged over $20 for this by a developer – you are being ripped off. Find someone else.
Last but not least
If you need help, feel free to reach out to us at 717-543-8020