Have a website for your properties? You can now embed the OwnerRez calendar directly inside your website so that your availability is shown in real time to anyone visiting your website.
To get started, open one of your properties in OwnerRez and click on the new Widgets tab. We'll be adding more widgets to this area in the future. At the moment, you'll only see the Calendar Widget.
Click the "Set Up Now" button to get started and you'll be presented with an edit form, showing a few settings.
These settings control the look and feel of the widget when it is displayed on your website. In the future, we'll be adding more settings so that you can control the fonts, sizes, colors and other visual aspects of the calendar. At the moment, there are only two settings: ribbon text and ribbon color. "Ribbon" refers to the horizontal bar that lies across the dates that are unavailable.
The ribbon text and color are preloaded by default. You only need to click the "Save" button at the bottom to create the widget. Once you save, you'll see some text that needs to be embedded into your website.
To embed the code, simply copy and paste it into one of the pages on your website. The code is HTML that needs to be placed inside the source of the page. If you don't know how to do that, please consult the webmaster for your website. Once the code is in your page, you'll see the calendar appear.
Why use this instead of Google Calendar or another plugin I'm already using?
There are a number of reasons you should use our widget:
- Our widget pulls data directly from OwnerRez. You will never have to worry about your website showing an out-of-date version of the calendar or lagging behind in some way.
- Our widget was built to show mid-day arrivals and departures. Other calendar widgets show your booked days with a full block across the entire day as a generic event or appointment. Our mid-day view gives a much more intuitive picture of which nights are taken so that the guest understands when they can arrive.
- Our widget allows you to customize the ribbon text that shows on the calendar. Instead of being forced to use generic wording (like "busy"), you can use a specific vernacular (like "Booked" or "Reserved").
- You'll never have to worry about a third-party plugin breaking or ceasing to be compatible with your website. While we don't anticipate Google shutting down their calendar tools, they could at any time without warning. This OwnerRez widget, on the other hand, is an integrated part of our feature set and will always work.