Rentalot Plus is a rental management system for holiday properties.
At the front end, Rentalot Plus is a marketing engine. Whether you have one or hundreds of units, it is vitally important that your potential customers have access to lots of information about the property they are planning to rent, and easy access to clearly presented pricing information. Rentalot Plus has many different ways to display information about your accommodation, availability, and prices.
At the back end, Rentalot Plus is an administration system that helps you to provide a first class professional service to your clients. It also has reports and charts that help you to manage and optimise the business.
The Front End
- There are three main ways to display availability tables, a simple list, a block view, and the daily calendar, which has several different styles.
- There's a search form, where clients can search all your properties by date, capacity, and facilities.
- There's a check availability form, where clients can check the price and availability of a specific unit.
- There's an enquiry form and a booking form. Clients can pay online via PayPal, Skrill (Moneybookers), PayPlug, or by bank transfer. They can also receive a special link to make subsequent payments.
- You manage the business in the back end administration interface. It holds all your prices, bookings, and payments, and it's where you configure the system and view the reports and charts
Rentalot Plus calculates prices using "Price Periods". You can setup as many price periods as you want, each with its own unique price. A price period can be any length of time from a single day to an entire year. For example, if you only accept bookings for complete weeks starting on a Saturday, you would setup a price period for each week. Your price periods don't have to be of equal length, so if you only do full weeks in high season, but accept daily bookings out of season, Rentalot Plus can easily handle that. If a client books a period of time that crosses multiple price periods, Rentalot Plus adds up the prices of the individual periods to calculate the total price. If a client wants to book part of a price period, he is charged the full price of any price period overlapped by the booking. How you setup your price periods depends entirely on your business, but Rentalot Plus should be able to handle most cases.
- Payment Schedule
The initial booking payment can be a fixed amount, a percentage of the total, or the whole amount. You can configure up to three further payments at variable dates.
There are three different kinds of discount, early booking discount, multi-period discount, and discount vouchers. Early booking discount applies for bookings made more than a certain number of days before the arrival date, and can be a percentage or a fixed amount. You can configure up to ten different discount levels for multi-period bookings, giving different discounts for different numbers of periods. Each discount level can be a percentage or a fixed amount. Individual price periods can be flagged as "discountable" or "not discountable". You can also create discount vouchers, where customers can enter a code to receive a fixed or percentage discount. Discounts apply to all units. It is not possible to configure different discounts for different properties.
Rentalot Plus allows you to configure "Extras", or options. (By the way, you can choose the words you want to use for "Extras" and "Units" on all the front end pages.) Extras are a great way to offer choices to your customers, and make a bit of extra profit along the way. Rentalot Plus provides flexible pricing of extras as well as minimum and maximum numbers that can be ordered. If you use online booking, clients can book them at the same time as they book accommodation.
- Reminder Emails
The Notifier Plugin runs once per day to update the exchange rates for your chosen currencies and to send you reminders about payments due, guest arrivals, and departures. It's completely automatic, just install it, enable it, and forget about it - until it emails you!
Rentalot Plus is designed to help you run your business easily so that you can concentrate on your customers. At the touch of a button you can see your gross profits, money due in and money due out. Want to see if it’s worth renewing an advertisement? Just click on the lead source pie chart. Want to see which extras make money and which don't? Just click on the Extras bar chart. The Housekeeping Schedule report has just the right information for preparing your accommodation and receiving your guests. Want to know what time of year is busiest for bookings? Try the Booking Trend Graph.
You can configure as many different currencies as you wish. Exchange rates are automatically updated daily from Yahoo finance, and customers can view prices and make bookings in any of your offered currencies.
- Language Support
Both the back and front end use the standard Joomla language file system, and several language files are included with the product. . The non-English language files have kindly been contributed by users and many are incomplete. For multi-language sites, we supply Joom!Fish and FaLang content element files. Please note that the user guide is only available in English.
Rentalot Plus has its own css file, which it loads on all its front end pages. All the page elements have css classes, so if you know css you can style everything to your exact requirements without changing the extension itself. Our demo site shows the default "out of the box" styles, but with a little imagination you can probably do much better.
Like all our products, Rentalot Plus is fully documented. The User Guide explains every detail, from getting started to advanced usage of PayPal and Moneybookers. It's quite long, but there are lots of screenshots and examples, and you don't have to read it all at once!
- There are some things that Rentalot Plus does NOT do. Please use the small menu below to find out more about Rentalot Plus. Or you can download the user guide for free.