Time increment for hourly and minute bookings

By enabling the option Time increment based on duration” you can override the default time increment. The increment will be the same as the booking duration. Therefore, for a two-hour booking, the times shown will be 8:00; 10:00; 12:00; etc.

hourly booking example

By default, the time increment for hourly bookings is 1 hour. In this example we have created a two-hour booking and we activated the “Time increment based on duration” option (in “Booking availability).

2 hour booking time increment

This means that on the frontend, the customer will directly see time blocks of 2 hours, when the option is enabled.

increment enabled disabled booking

With the option disabled, the customer will see all available hours, and will only see the time increment of 2 hours after someone has placed a booking.

Hourly booking + buffer time

For this example, the we have created a 2-hour booking and set the “Buffer time” to 1 hour.

buffer time settings

The availability will consider both the booking duration of 2 hours (+ time increment) and the time buffer time of 1 hour after a booking is placed.

before after booking buffer

As you can see, before the booking you see all hours available. Now we book the 1:00 pm time frame for 2 hours. The customer that wants to make a booking after that, will see 5:00 as the next available time. Considering the 2 hour for the booking + 1 hour buffer time.

minute booking example

By default, the time increment for minute bookings is 15 minutes. In this example we have created a 30- minute booking and we activated the “Time increment based on duration” option (in “Booking availability)..

minute time increment settings

This means that on the frontend, the customer will directly see time blocks of 30 minutes, when the option is enabled.

With the option disabled, the customer will see all available hours, and will only see the time increment of 30 minutes after someone has placed a booking.

Minute booking + buffer time

For this example, we have created a 30-minute booking and set the “Buffer time” to 30 minutes

minutes buffer time
The availability will consider both the booking duration of 30 minutes (+ time increment) and the buffer time of 30 minutes after a booking is placed.
Before booking after booking buffer minutesAs you can see, before the booking you see all hours available. Now we book the 10:00 am time frame for 30 minutes. The customer that wants to make a booking after that, will see 11:00 am as the next available time. Considering the 30 minutes for the booking + 30 minutes buffer time.

example Time increment including buffer

This option is available for both hourly and minutes bookings. In this example we use a case with a ‘minutes‘ booking.

fixed units of 30 min example

We have set the booking duration to “Fixed unit of” 30 minutes.

time increment incl buffer settings

Note: this option only becomes available when you select “Fixed units of” in the Booking settings > duration.

We have set an example using a buffer time of 15 minutes, and enabled the “Time increment including buffer” option (in “Booking availability).

buffer included enabled and disabled

Above you see an example of what the booking form looks like when you enable and disable the option. With the option enabled, you are able to see the 30-minute booking + 15 minute buffer included. With the option disabled, you will only see the 30-minute booking time frame, after the customer places a booking, the buffer time will be applied as shown in “Minute booking” and “Hourly booking” examples.