Slowly but surely we are working our way through refactoring and redesigning one of the most complex interfaces on Lodgix, the Guest Control Panel. The new interface will be mobile friendly and take advantage of many new technologies which will make data entry and updating more convenient. Quite a bit of testing and design tweaks remain, however we hope to have this out the door in early January 2016.
Located under reports > financial > income summary report, this report offers a monthly breakdown of revenue, occupancy rates, days rented, etc.. The report can be run by individual or selected unit(s) and for all properties. This report is an annual report, so only yearly increments are available. This report offers up a different view than the income detail report which allows income detail to be reported by a select-able time period.
The income summary report is also one of our first reports to use our new Angular framework. Eventually all reports will be converted to this more modern and responsive framework.
Slowly but surely we are working through the Lodgix interfaces updating them all to our new framework. This week we relaunched the Rental Expenses interface under properties > rental expenses. The new interface utilizes flat icons, is also faster and more fluid than the previous interface.
It is now easier than ever to select multiple or all properties and the interface is mobile friendly! Of course rental expenses can optionally be assigned to property owners for inclusion on owner statements.
- Period selector
- Filter by property
- Add new rental expense
- Search box to query for various expense fields
One of the objectives most have when using a system like Lodgix is to stop having to update calendar availability on multiple sites.
While it would be great if every listing provider had a two way reservation sync, most do not. And even those that do, many limit full reservation sync to property managers with 5 or more properties. However many listing sites have moved to support the iCalendar format for exporting and importing calendar data. iCalendar data is limited but it will allow Lodgix to be the ONLY area where calendar data needs to be stored.
The Lodgix iCalendar Interface
Let’s review the components of the Lodgix iCalendar interface:
- iCal Export URL. This URL would be entered into listing sites that accept iCal imports. This URL will contain basic Lodgix availability data to block dates, assuring that double bookings cannot occur on the listing site.
- iCal Import URL. Lodgix supports multiple iCal import URLs. For example, if a booking is made on Airbnb, once you have the correct, property specific Airbnb iCal import URL entered here. Another great example, would be a property manager with an owner who maintains a Google calendar of the bookings they take for their property. By entering the Google iCal URL within Lodgix, the property manager can make bookings with the assurance that the unit is not getting double booked. Likewise the property manager could supply the iCal export URL to the property owner, which he / she could enter into the Google Calendar, to assure that the Google Calendar remains updated with an bookings made by the PM.
- Auto Import. The auto import features allows Lodgix to automatically poll the iCal import URL. Lodgix will poll the import URL every 60 minutes to see if there are any changes in availability. If set to OFF, the import is a manual process.
- Manual sync – property. To force a manual import of any new or changed calendar data, the sync button can be used.
- Manual sync – all properties. To force a manual import of any new or changed calendar data for all properties, the Import iCal – All Sources button can be used.
Important Notes About iCalendar Data
- iCalendar data can never overwrite Lodgix invoice data.
- iCalendar data remains true to the source. For example, if iCalendar data is being imported from a Google Calendar, and changes made to reservations on the Google Calendar (add a date, remove a date, etc.) will update the iCal block on Lodgix, ONLY if the block was originally created by the Google Calendar iCalendar import.
If there are any conflicts that result when iCalendar data is being imported, those conflicts will be noted in the Logs tab within the iCalendar interface.
Lodgix is now integrated to Kaba! Lodgix subscribers can now dynamically issue Kaba access codes to guests from within Lodgix!
Setup instructions are here:
Lodgix has also integrated to three other lock providers: