31 08, 2020

Other Updates…

By |2020-08-31T19:04:02+00:00August 31st, 2020|New Features, News|0 Comments

…in addition to the assigning bed types to bedrooms feature that was outlined in our last blog post, the team has been hard at work on several initiatives:

  • Version 2.0 of the Lodgix WordPress Plugin.   The video below gives a brief overview of where we are with that. Probably a later September launch.
  • Conversion of the Work Orders system to mobile friendly interfaces.   This should launch by 2nd week of September.
  • Horizontal scrolling on the multi calendar tape.  In final phases of testing.  Possible launch by 2nd week of September.
  • Support for custom cancellation policies on VRBO.   Possible mid September launch.
  • Entirely new REST API.   This feature is much anticipated and will allow Lodgix to feature a completely open architecture.   Beta publication and testing should begin September 4th!

Lots of resources are currently being put towards updating the mobile experience for guests and for Lodgix users, as well as making the application more developer friendly.    It’s a large application with many moving parts, so it’s important that we step back from time to time to assure that the product is adapting with the times.  In light of that, we really hope to spend considerable time in 4Q 2020 implementing a new mobile friendly dashboard, while also updating our invoicing and trigger systems.  Those three systems are in dire need of a refresh!

26 06, 2020

Guest Credits and Much More!

By |2020-08-31T17:30:45+00:00June 26th, 2020|New Features|0 Comments

Guest Credits

On Monday, June 29th, 2020, we will launch a new system for the issuance, tracking and redemption of a guest credit.  Unlike a coupon code, a guest credit is issued only in lieu of issuing a refund for a canceled reservation.

A guest credit can be redeemed by the guest online or manually by the property manager.

Guest credits were created in response to the large numbers of cancellations that occurred as a result of COVID.   When used with a properly structured cancellation policy, guest credits can preserve cash flow and reservations by giving the guest the opportunity to rebook in the future in lieu of issuing a refund.

Documentation can be found here:

https://support.lodgix.com/en/articles/4120665-guest-credits

Calendar Tape and Booking Calendar – Support for Finger Scroll

All tests seem to indicate we should be able to bring back finger / drag’n’drop scroll.  For mobile and touch screen devices having an ability to finger scroll through availability, would be amazing!  If successful, we will also be doing some design tweaks to really improve the mobile experience and allowing drag and drop scrolling as was possible in the old calendar tape.  Fingers crossed!  We will know in early July if we can make this happen for you or not.

Property Management User Interfaces Relaunched

Try ’em out on mobile, huge improvement!

Plugin 2.0

We are in the active testing phase!  However I think this project will be delayed until August due to some developer vacations and some additional enhancements / performance issues that need to be resolved.

4 06, 2020

Exciting Updates are Underway

By |2020-06-04T18:27:40+00:00June 4th, 2020|New Features, News|0 Comments

Building a web-based software product is a continuous, intensive process.  Lodgix launched over 12 years ago!  Wow.   During that time, pretty much every competitor that was around then has folded,  a few were sold or retired and others rebranded (which is the online equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig).    There are a few that remain, and they show their age.   Web-based software is tough.  You think you can do it with a small team, but the reality is that interfaces and technologies change and they change quickly.  Consumer preferences change. Industries change.  No shortage of challenges!  So, it’s a constant battle between spending time updating frameworks, UIs, partner APIs, infrastructure and the need for new functionality.  Many, if not most, small web-based companies are not up for that challenge and eventually the product gets dated and the cost and time required to update is too much, and the product sorts of fades into obscurity.  Very common.

Lodgix on the other hand is now on our 4th framework update, and it’s an exciting one.  With each new interface launch, the interfaces are faster and offer a ton of additional mobile functionality.  We are finally in a position with our new team members to tackle the oldest of interfaces…with only invoicing and triggers left to update.  Lots of great updates, faster interfaces for larger accounts and a gradual, but great improvement to the mobile experience.

So what is in store for the near term?

  1. WordPress plugin 2.0 is under active development and it will be great.   Mapping, favorites, quoting, new themes, etc..   Beta testers will get a taste of it in late June to early July.  It will be a much needed improvement and super exciting.
  2. Calendar tape and booking calendar improvements.  We’ve already made incredible performance improvements over the past month which has allowed us to launch vertical infinite scroll.  Additional optimizations are underway to allow for horizontal finger scroll on mobile devices.  Should be very cool and be a dramatic improvement when using the booking calendar (and calendar tape) on mobile devices.
  3. Guest credits.  This is a new feature which came about as a result of the large number of cancellations due to COVID.  To preserve cash flow many of you simply offered a credit to the guest to be used against a future stay.   However there really isn’t any way of doing that in Lodgix.  This new feature will allow for the issuance of a guest credit at the time of cancellation, email it to the guest (optionally), report on all credits (issued, outstanding, redeemed) and allow the guest to use the credit within the online booking process, much like a coupon code.
17 04, 2020

WordPress Plugin Changes are Underway

By |2020-04-17T16:07:14+00:00April 17th, 2020|New Features|0 Comments

We recently hired a new WordPress developer. This is great news and will allow us some time to grow and expand the functionality and design of our WordPress plugin. The initial changes will be small, but we will soon pick up speed and move to implementing mapping, inline quoting, favorites, etc..

The first small batch of updates were done this week.

  • New “Grid ” inventory display option, which is an update to the now named “Grid Classic” option. The Grid display option increases the image size, adds some image overlay options and incorporates some icons into the display.
Grid
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23 01, 2020

New Lodgix Header Goes Live on Monday January 27th

By |2020-01-23T21:56:12+00:00January 23rd, 2020|New Features|0 Comments

Use the comparison tool below to get compare the current header versus the new header. Drag the slider across the image to load and unload the new header.

New Header
New Header
New Header
Old Header
Old Header
Slide to compare the old and new headers.

The new header offers a lot of advantages:

Mobile friendly. Don’t take my word for it, take a look. These are screenshots taken from my very small 4.7″ Pixel 2.

New Mobile
New Mobile
New Mobile
Old Mobile
Old Mobile

Menu navigation is also much improved.

New Mobile
New Mobile
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Old Mobile
26 11, 2019

And the iPhone 11 Winner is…

By |2019-11-26T18:35:36+00:00November 26th, 2019|News|0 Comments

iPhone 11 Drawing is Today!

We want to thank all of the 43 Lodgix subscribers who left us wonderful reviews over the past few weeks. We’ve entered all 43 reviewers into a drawing for a new iPhone 11 (up to $750 value).

We don’t use random number generators for these… we do it old school.  All reviewers have been added to a spreadsheet and assigned a number from 1 to 43 based upon the timestamp of your review…

We have each number 1 to 43 written on a piece of paper…

And we have a hat…

The numbers were shuffled…

And placed in the hat…

A number was drawn at random…

The corresponding number on the spreadsheet belongs to…

Kristjan Lang of Dream Stay Apartments

is the winner of the new iPhone 11!! We will be in touch next week to make arrangements to get your new iPhone 11 ordered!

Thanks to all who took the time to review Lodgix and thanks to all for being such great Lodgix customers!

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