Facebook App Project Update

We are getting close to taking the wraps off our new Lodgix Facebook App integration.   It’s not really a vacation rental game changer by any stretch of the imagination, but it will make it significantly easier for viewers of your Facebook page to surf your vacation rental inventory and book online right from within Facebook!

We’ve coded this from scratch, while porting over the general look and feel of the property listing and sort pages from our WordPress plugin.

Overall, it always makes sense to take advantage of additional exposure, especially when it’s free.  In my own experience, I find myself surfing a property managers Facebook page, but I don’t often click through to view their website.  However if there was a tab right in my face within Facebook, highlighting the properties for rent, I would click on that.  It’s just easier, it doesn’t interrupt my Facebook “flow”.  Thus, it seems like a good idea to connect Lodgix with Facebook, what do you think?

Here are some screenshots from our test integration so far!

Image #1: Custom tab for guests to view inventory.

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Image #2: Property display
(note image gallery, jQuery Tabs, etc.)

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Really all that is left is some additional cleanup and testing!

Lodgix Has Integrated to Stripe.com

Lodgix has completed their integration to Stripe.com!  Stripe makes it easy to accept credit cards in your currency and offers simple, easy to read statements, as well as a low flat rate for processing credit cards.

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Integration instructions for Lodgix can be found here:

http://docs.lodgix.com/m/5502/l/290090-how-do-i-setup-stripe-com-to-integrate-with-lodgix-com

Signup at http://www.Stripe.com

FlipKey is Rolling Out a New DashBoard

FlipKey / TripAdvisor is slowly rolling out a new dashboard.  Once your accounts gets switched over, you will note there are “to do” items to continue to parse inquiries from FlipKey / TripAdvisor.

  1. FlipKey property IDS change.  You will need to remap those IDS to properties within Lodgix.
  2. The new parser will be be able to differentiate inquiries from FlipKey & TripAdvisor.
  3. Your property listings will now appear both on FlipKey And TripAdvisor.

Read more here:

http://docs.lodgix.com/m/5502/l/70950-setting-up-flipkey-tripadvisor-inquiries-to-work-with-lodgix-inquiry-management

Image of New Dashboard

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HomeAway / VRBO Book It Now Integration

Earliest this summer HomeAway upgraded their integration to allow guests to get quote and make bookings on HomeAway / VRBO using rate data setup within Lodgix.  When a booking is made on HomeAway / VRBO that booking (as well as the credit card data from the guest) is securely transferred to Lodgix!

This is a great feature as it gives the guest the convenience of booking right from within the listing at HomeAway / VRBO and it’s great for the property manager as they don’t have to maintain a separate set of rates and rules at HomeAway.  They also don’t have to re-enter the guest contact and reservation data into Lodgix.

HomeAway requires a minimum of five listings to participate in their integration.

To signup, please review:

http://docs.lodgix.com/m/5502/l/128757-homeaway-vrbo-integration-requirements-and-details

Limited HTML Now Allowed Within WordPress Plug-in

We added a new field within the property setup for each property and called it “Additional Info”.  This field allows HTML and will appear immediately after the property description within the WordPress plug-in output.

The field can be found within the Details tab of property setup. The contents of this field will ONLY appear within the WordPress plug-in output.  Most integration feeds do not allow HTML, so that’s why the contents of this field will not appear on your HomeAway or FlipKey listings if you are participating in those integrations.

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