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Appointy: the best free WordPress appointment scheduling plugin

WordPress appointment scheduling plugin

Did you know that out of the 500+ websites that are built on WordPress every day, many are for service-based local businesses? 

That’s right! Websites are one of the biggest lead generation opportunities that no business – big or small wants to miss out on. But for them to be able to actually get paying customers from their websites, they need a clear call-to-action that converts browsers into booked appointments. 

If you are a business owner or website developer looking for the perfect booking widget to integrate on your website, you are in the right place! 

Introducing Appointy’s WordPress plugin – one of the oldest and most trusted WordPress scheduling plugins which is reliable, feature-packed, and also has a free plan. 

Read on to find out more about the Appointy WordPress plugin and the steps to set it up. You can click on any of the sections below to skip ahead: 

  1. Why is Appointy the best choice for an appointment scheduling plugin?
    1. Free means free, no false promises!
    2. Excellent support, whenever you need
    3. Robust performance and super-fast processing
    4. Secure servers and hassle-free data handling 
    5. Easy-to-use and intuitive interface
    6. 360-degree control over your business
    7. Scheduling for various use cases
  2. How to set up the Appointy scheduling plugin?
  3. Conclusion

Why is Appointy the best choice for an appointment scheduling plugin?

Appointy is a SaaS scheduling plugin, and while there are plenty of reasons why Appointy is much better than the other WP scheduler plugins available, here are the top nine:


1. Free means free, no false promises!

Many of the other WordPress booking plugins boast about their free plans, but then often have very limited functionality in these plans, or there are hidden costs that might end up running you in the red.

But that does not hold true for Appointy.

Appointy has a freemium plan with a wide variety of features that are especially helpful if you are just starting up and are looking for a free online scheduling tool.

Additionally, its paid plans are quite affordable (starting just $19.99/mo) too and you can gradually upgrade if and when your business takes off.

It has features that scale with your business so you won’t need to spend additional time looking for a different scheduling plugin and setting it up when your requirements grow.


2. Excellent support, whenever you need

For most business owners and website developers, good technical support is often a deal-breaker while choosing an online scheduling tool, especially for business owners who are new to using the software.

And for good reason too! You don’t want to be stranded with a frozen appointment calendar at 2 in the night with no idea of how to fix it.

In such a situation, poor support and long resolution times on part of the provider can cause delays, frustration, and in some cases, loss in business revenue too.

With Appointy, you will never have to worry about that. We offer chat, email, and call support to all our customers round the clock during the trial period, and free lifetime support during weekdays after the trial period ends. You can also request a 100% free setup for your business. 

Customer testimonial about Appointy WordPress plugin anf it's amazing customer support

3. Robust performance and super-fast processing 

Some scheduling plugins are vulnerable to issues caused by WordPress version updates. This can cause service downtimes and consequent business losses.

However, Appointy is SaaS-based, and hence permanently resistant to such issues of compatibility and functionality following updates. With Appointy, robust performance and business reliability are assured! 

Another problem is that some WP scheduling plugins and their add-ons often create unnecessary bloat in your WordPress dashboard, thus slowing down your website and resulting in compatibility clashes with your theme and the other plugins.

Being a SaaS plugin, the heavy data processing is managed by Appointy’s super-fast cloud servers to ensure fast processing, so that you never lose your precious customer or appointment data. 


4. Secure servers and hassle-free data handling

Appointy is ISO 27001 certified and SSL secure, which means your data is in good hands on our cloud servers that are absolutely safe.

Since the data is stored online, you can access it whenever and wherever you want, without losing it in case of any technical problems with your website!

You can export your data if you want, which also makes a transition to another platform simple and seamless, though we’re sure you won’t feel the need to make a switch! 🙂


5. Easy-to-use and intuitive interface

Appointy is known for its ease of use and a quick and simple onboarding process.

The user interface is intuitive, which makes you comfortable with the system within the first few minutes of setup! And as mentioned in the above point, our help desk is available at your disposal, to solve any issues you might face. 

Customer talking about Appointy's ease of use

6. 360-degree control over your business

Appointy not only helps you with scheduling, but it helps you with managing other aspects of your business too! 

  • It offers marketing features discount coupons, gift cards, etc. to help you gain more customers. 
  • You can accept online prepayments via Square (Stripe and PayPal also for the paid plans). 
  • Send automated email and SMS reminders to your customers at preset intervals prior to the appointment to avoid any no-shows
  • You can manage your staff and resources to avoid double bookings
  • Customers can book appointments at their own convenience 24×7! 
  • Analytics and reporting to help you make data-driven decisions. 
  • Zoom integration to facilitate virtual meetings, consultations, classes, etc. 
  • Accessible through desktop/PC as well as tablet and mobile with a scheduling app
  • Appointy offers 2-way sync with popular calendars – Google, iCal, Outlook – for efficient schedule management.  
  • Multiple service bookings at a single time, recurring bookings, and group scheduling features for higher revenue
  • Integrations with Reserve with Google, Facebook, and Instagram help you accept bookings directly from these channels

7. Scheduling for various use cases 

Appointy serves all types of business owners who accept appointments for their services. Here are the specific use cases:

  • Appointment Scheduling: Schedule services or staff (Hair Salon Booking, Barber Shop booking, Beauty Center Booking, Spa Booking, Acupuncture Booking, Dog Groomers Booking, Massage Therapists Booking, One-to-One coaching, Gym, Dentists Appointment Scheduling, Doctors Appointment Scheduling, Nutritionist Appointment Booking, Fitness Coach booking, etc)
  • Class Scheduling: Yoga Class Scheduling, Dance Class Scheduling, Fitness Class Scheduling, Cooking Class Booking, Culture classroom booking, Swimming Class booking, Music class booking, etc.
  • Resource Scheduling: Schedule Resources (Balloon Rides, Real Estates or Agents, Hotel Rooms, Machines, Pools, Courts, Rentals, etc)
  • Event Scheduling /  Event Booking: Schedule Events with Events Calendar (Single or Multiple occurring events)
  • Meeting Scheduler: Virtual meeting, one-on-one meeting, group meeting, round-robin meeting
  • Booking Calendar / Appointment Calendar: Book Calendar, Book Rental, Beauty Salon Booking, Tour Guide Booking, Restaurant Booking, Cafe Booking, Conference Room booking, Car Rental Booking, Hospital Booking, Clinic Booking, Facility Booking, Private Residence Booking
  • Reservations: Hotel reservation & bookings, Tour Reservations, Reserve Calendar, Any kind of Online Reservations
  • Almost any other business that accepts appointments

How to set up the Appointy scheduling plugin?

You can follow these simple steps to get Appointy for your WordPress website:

  1. Login to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. Click the ‘Plugins‘ menu on the left and choose ‘Add New‘.
  3. Search for ‘WordPress Appointment Booking and Online Scheduling Plugin by Appointy‘ and click on the ‘Install‘ button.
  4. After the plugin installation has finished, click the ‘Activate‘ button.
  5. Click on the new ‘Appointy Calendar‘ tab that is now available on your left bar.
  6. Click on the ‘Setup‘ button to set up your plugin or in case you already have an account with Appointy just enter your calendar’s URL.
  7. Create a page named ‘Schedule an Appointment‘ and paste the shortcode {APPOINTY} as normal text to display the appointment calendar on your website.

To access your appointments or other settings like staff, services, customers, etc., log in to your Appointy account

Or, you could request a free setup from our team! 

Get free Appointy scheduling plugin setup for your website now –>


Conclusion

That’s all from our side. If you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions, type in the comment section below and we’ll get back to you ASAP! 

Do let us know your experiences with the Appointy scheduling plugin and feel free to contact our support team for any help. 

Schedule an assistance call or a demo to see the plugin in action now!


About Appointy

We at Appointy, help business owners grow and run their businesses with our online scheduling software. This blog was a part of our ‘Manage your Business’ category, where we provide expert tips, resources, or simply talk about the challenges that small and medium businesses face every day. 

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