How time slots are calculated
Once you set the “Average session duration” option the system will use this option to define its minimum hour fraction.
So for example, if you set “30” minutes the time picker will display this time slots:
As you can see, you’ll have slots of 30 minutes that your customers can freely choose.
These slots will be further defined according to your “Booking rules”.
For example, if you set a rule like this:
where your salon opens at 9:00 AM and close at 1:00 PM and then it will open again at 3:00 PM and close at 8:00 PM, you’ll see these slots:
Note: It’s important to understand that your customers are free to choose one of these available slots, they are not forced to follow an order or to select a specific one.
Fixed time slots case
If your business needs to force your customers to select only specific hours to submit a reservation then you should follow another approach.
Let’s make an example:
You want to be booked only on these time slots:
Firstly you should enable the “Basic Booking Method”.
From now on the duration of each of your service cannot be set anymore as it will be the same for all and it will be defined by the “Average session duration” option.
Then you should create these rules:
- You should set “Average session duration” to “120” minute as we suppose that each session will lasts two hours.
- Then create two rules like these:
At this point you’ll get these “fixed” time slots:
This approach can work if you provide services of the same duration.