Anyone know about online appointment scheduling software?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by torndownunit, May 23, 2009.

  1. torndownunit macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2009
    I have a client who has inquired about having a completely automated appointment scheduling system online. He also needs it to be able to collect a deposit from the customer when making an appointment.

    I was searching around and found a few online solutions with a monthly fee.

    2 of the big ones that seem to come up a lot are:
    Appointment Quest -
    Appointment Plus -

    Does anyone have any experience using these services, or similar ones? Can anyone recommend other options available?

  2. whatsgooddan macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2009
    NY, USA

    I have seen this one before. They have a free version that you can use, however it does not do credit cards. You have to pay for that.

    There are many online services that can help you do this. I have not seen any free ones. I have seen some premade PHP scripts like this on or similar before. They lack some of the features you would be looking for, however.

    That seems like a fun project to code. Grab your favorite framework if you don't want to do it from scratch, and get going! The difficult part might be the "automated" part.

    I am having trouble wondering why your client doesn't want some level of control over the appointment scheduler. Perhaps they are too busy.

    I am not sure if PHP will ever replace a good old-fashioned secretary.
  3. torndownunit thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2009
    That was my recommendation to them as well. Especially considering it's not a business that will even be taking a ton of appointments. They schedule sports tournaments, and normally about a month in advance. They were curious about the automated option though, so I was trying to provide them with some info. They do not 'need' the service though, and in the end I think they will go with my recommendation.
  4. bleimone macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    a few others

    i have used both of these companies and would definitely recommend them both. i spent a few months trying to find the right scheduling program to work within our budget. both of these places have free trials.

    For us cost was really important, so we eventually went with Acuity, however Genbook is BY FAR the better of the two ones with its GOOGLEness features. It has tons of drag and drop and quick features that are really nice, but for us it wasnt worth the extra monthly cost.

    Acuity is really customizable and has worked great for us.
  5. Fjan, Sep 4, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 29, 2013

    Fjan macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2007
    For a good online scheduling solution that has a completely free plan check out SuperSaaS, I hear they're great ;)
  6. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    I used appointment-plus for my business for many years. The interface is decent, the back-end stuff is very powerful in what it can do. The people are (generally) great to deal with...


    They didn't know how to do a proper backup and restore. (I sincerely hope they've improved by now.)

    Long story short: One day I logged in and every single one of my appointments, past and future, was listed as being under a single customer. All customer information, other than that one (who wasn't even my customer, apparently he was a customer of a different client of appointment-plus,) was gone. They sent an apologetic email, said there was a problem with their system, and that they'd have it restored from backup within the day.

    A day passed, and nothing changed. I emailed, got a form reply that they were working on it. I called a couple days later and got an "everything is restored, thanks!"

    Uh, no, it wasn't. Apparently their backup was corrupt, so it restored the 'garbage'. New data was properly going in, but I was still without any data that had been entered before the crash. Luckily for me, I had kept all of the "confirmation" emails that I got, so I could at least manually figure out what the "scheduled for the future" appointments were. But it was still a major blow, losing all my past history. (For things like customer loyalty based on number of appointments, looking up old appointment information to see what had been done for that customer previously, etc.)

    In the end, I zipped up all of the saved confirmation emails, and someone at appointment-plus manually fixed everything. (I feel very sorry for that poor intern/secretary/whoever.) I even suggested that they should be able to write a script to parse the emails and re-insert it into their database, but apparently nobody their knew how to do it. (And they weren't willing to give me the information necessary for me to write the script.)

    I had already decided to stop using an online appointment service at the end of the year (this was June/July) so I went ahead and kept using them rather than switch; and they were always great to deal with outside this incident.

    But, between their inability to properly test a backup/restore system, and the fact that apparently they had nobody on staff who could write a script sufficient to parse their own email format into their own database, I'm not sure I'd trust them...
  7. hollycurtin25 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2013
    If it helps you get more clients, then you might as well give it a try. But I haven't tried a scheduling software yet.
  8. heathw12 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2014

    Try BookMyCity. Clients can book online from the business' personal website or their BookMyCity page. Online payment processing is also integrated, allowing businesses to collect deposits or full payments.
  9. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    It may make sense just to use one of the many online scheduling services. (I gather you are looking for something you can install on your site. Why?)

    Schedulicity works well for hair stylists and other similar types of businesses.
  10. stephensmith041 Suspended

    Mar 9, 2016
    I wish to share my opinion. Online appointment scheduling can be made easy by using ready-made clone script. Zocdoc clone helps entrepreneur to launch appointment booking website which suits their business needs.
  11. Thehun macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2016
    #11 is one of the bests, especially if you would like to have an iOS mobile application to manage your appointments.
  12. bobbydaz macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2009
    I've just built a site that uses Timely.

    It's a professional, nice looking system and cheaper than some of the other options mentioned here. Give the demo a try. The client can control the calendar easily using the web interface or iOS apps.
  13. Manishsh macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2017
    You will get lots of sties from where you can buy the online appointment software but who knows the hidden facts about the software,
    I will suggest you to buy the software from where anyone has already bought or the other option you can choose to ask for the demo before buying an online appointment booking software.
  14. milovargas855555 macrumors newbie


    Jul 19, 2017
  15. StarkVader macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    I have been using

    IT works great - syncs with iCloud calendars to determine any busy time, and allows customers to request time. The basic plan is $5/month.

    They also have plans that link to Paypal and allow you to collect fees at time of booking (but cost closer to $20/month).

  16. SevenHeaven macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2017
    We ordered custom MyAgenda one at genolis. Comportable UI, synchronized with gadgets, multyusers, etc.

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