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Besides showing events and a calendar, sometimes you need to add a booking system. For example, you are arranging a seminar or training and would like to publish the event information so that visitors can register to the event. In that case, a booking or reservation system can be added. In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, author of Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook, we will discuss how to add a booking system for events.
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The Seminar for Joomla! component allows visitors to register for events. Download this component from http://seminar.vollmar.ws/downloads/com_Seminar_V1.3.0.zip, and install it from the Extensions | Install/Uninstall screen in the Joomla! administration panel.
How to do it...
Once installed, follow these steps to allow registration for events:
- From the Joomla! administration panel, select Components | Seminar. It shows the Events screen, listing the available events.
- To create event categories, click on Categories and then click on New. This shows you the Category: [New] screen.
- On the Category: [New] screen, type in the Title and Alias, and select Yes in the Published radio box. Then select the Access Level, Image, and Image Position. Enter a description for the category. Click on Save in the toolbar. Repeat this step to add as many categories as you need.
- Click on Events and then click on New. It will show you the New Event screen.
- Type the Title of the event. Then select Begin, End, Closing Date, and the time of the event. Select Yes in the Display field if you want to show this information. Type a brief description of the event, and the place of the event. Select an organizer from the Organiser drop-down list. Then type the maximum number of participants in the Max. Particip. field. Also, select what to do when the number of participants exceeds this number. When this is done, click on Additional Settings. This shows you the Additional Settings screen.
- In the Additional Settings section, you can add an additional description. In the Description box, add descriptions to particular groups of visitors. The syntax to add messages for different groups is shown above the text box. Select an image for the event overview. Then type the tutor's name, target group, and the fees per person. Then click on General Input Fields. This will show the following screen:
- In the General Input Fields section, you can include additional fields. To add additional fields, follow the syntax provided. When this is done, click on Files. This shows the following screen for file upload.
- Click on the Browse button and select the file to upload. Type a description of the file and select the group that can view it. When this is done, click on the Save button in the toolbar.
- Select Menus | Main Menu, and then click on New. This will show you the Menu Item: [New] wizard. In the Select Menu Item Type section, select Seminar and provide a title for the menu item on the next screen. Then save the menu item.
- Preview the site's frontend, as a user logged in to the frontend, and click on the menu item for the seminar. This will display the following screen showing your added event.
- The overview of the event shows the overview image, event title, category, reservation information, and an indicator for the booking status. Click on the event title, it will show you the event details, as shown in the following screenshot:
- Select the spaces to be booked. Then type your Name and Email address and click on the Book button. This books your space for the event. You can view your booking by clicking the My Bookings tab, as shown in the following screenshot.
Note that your participation status is indicated through a color-coded indicator.
Most of the features of Seminar for the Joomla! component can be configured from the Settings screen.
For example, you can configure who can book events, what happens when booking exceeds the number of seats, who can rate the events from the frontend, which folder will store images of the events, the maximum file upload size, the file extensions allowed for uploads, and so on.
This article showed you how to allow visitors to register for an event.
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About the Author :
Suhreed Sarkar is an IT consultant, trainer and technical writer. He studied Marine engineering, served on board the ship for two years, and then started journey in to IT world with MCSE in Windows NT 4.0 track. Later he studied business administration and earned MBA from University of Dhaka. He has a bunch of BrainBench certifications on various topics including PHP4, Project Management, RDBMS Concepts, E-commerce, Web Server Administration, Internet Security, Training Development, Training Delivery and Evaluation, and Technical Writing.
He taught courses on system administration, web development, e-commerce and MIS. He has consulted several national and international organizations including United Nations, and helped clients building and adopting their web portals, large scale databases and management information systems. At present he is working on building a framework for education sector MIS, and promoting use of ICTs in education.
Suhreed is renowned technical author in Bengali – having a dozen of books published on subjects covering web development, LAMP, networking, and system administration. He authored Zen Cart: E-commerce Application Development, Joomla! E-commerce with Virtuemart, and Joomla! with Flash, published by Packt Publishing.
While not busy with hacking some apps, blogging on his blog (http://www.suhreedsarkar.com), reading philosophy of Bertrand Russell or management thought of Peter F Drucker – he likes to spend some special moments with his family. Suhreed lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh