If you have questions before signing up for a free trial, why not check out our FAQ below?
If your question isn't answered, please send a message, or contact us directly on (+44) (0)7805 648935.
If you're an administrator for a venue - or you're just curious - you'll find lots of answers in our Knowledge Base and by downloading our PDF Instruction Guide.
What does Hall Booking Online offer?
We provide a low-cost booking system for community spaces - such as a village hall, church hall - or any space where you'd like people to make a booking.
Hirers can see a calendar of all the bookings for your venue. They can make a booking which an Administrator can then review and approve.
The bookings are made on the Hall Booking Online website. We can include information pages telling your hirers about the venue, with photographs and documentation.
Yes! There are two ways to test the online booking system.
The 60-day free trial has no obligation and we don't need any payment information in advance. Set it up today!
How quickly can we set this up?
The transition to Hall Booking Online is quick and easy ... and we'll support you all the way!
We'll set you up with the booking calendar and some information pages.
You just need to edit the text about your venue. If you have some photos, you can upload those ... or do it later.
You need to do the following:
We can help with the setup by arranging complimentary training through a Zoom screenshare. You'll quickly see how easy it is to transition to Hall Booking Online!
How do we switch from the evaluation to 'live'?
The evaluation version is the same as the 'live' version. You go live just by linking to the booking calendar on other websites, or Facebook.
We will get in touch before the evaluation finishes to find out if you'd like to take out a subscription. We'll then send on an invoice - and you simply continue using the pages you've set up.
Do I need to download software?
No. This is all managed online. You can manage bookings from a computer, an iPad or even your telephone.
Do Administrators need special computer skills?
No. We've designed the system to be simple to use. Administrators just need to be able to go to a webpage and click to approve bookings.
Our system also sends an email about new bookings, so your secretary needs to be able to read an email.
It's just £10 per month. That's £120 per year, paid annually.
Remember - there's a no-risk, no-commitment free trial of our booking system.
The price includes invoicing, online payment processing and all the rooms for your venue.
There's also free support and telephone training both before and after the free trial period.
Not everyone has a computer. Can we still take bookings by phone?
Yes. An Administrator can very quickly add a new booking. You don't have to force people to go online!
Our venue has multiple rooms. Can people choose which rooms to book?
Yes. They can select specific rooms - or the whole building.
Can we use this booking system for a Village Hall / Church Hall / Community Space?
Yes. Any venue is fine.
Can we personalise the description of the venue and add photographs?
Yes. You can write your own description and add photos with captions. If you need to make any changes later on, you can do so easily.
Yes. You can send an email with a PDF invoice. The invoice can be personalised to tell hirers how to pay. For example, you might want to write who to make a cheque out to, or bank transfer details. You don't have to send out invoices: it's an option that's available if you would like to use it.
Can we change the invoice currency?
Yes. On the Settings page, click on Advanced Settings. You can choose the currency from a dropdown list.
How are hiring charges calculated?
You can upload a PDF with the hiring charges. You can also add them to the description page.
We appreciate that venues have varying systems for calculating hiring charges, including discounts for local residents and repeat bookings.
When sending an invoice, an Administrator simply writes in the amount due. Our system will invoice for that amount.
Yes - if you would like to. The system can automatically add a PayPal or Stripe payment link and track when the payment has been made.
Alternatively, you can carry on with your existing payment system(s). Hirers can download booking and payment forms, if you wish. The Administrator or Treasurer can mark bookings as 'paid'. You can put the BACS info or bank transfer sort code and account number either on the invoice template, or on the provisional booking email.
Can we integrate this onto an existing website?
Yes - you can display an upcoming events calendar on your website. This will include a button to click to make a booking.
How does someone make a booking?
He/she just goes to a webpage and checks the calendar. A demonstration page is here. You are welcome to make a test booking: it's not a real village hall.
The hirer then enters the booking details, and we'll send you (and the hirer) an email about the provisional booking.
If you have regular hirers, they can create an account so that they don't need to keep typing in their contact details. They can also look up future and past bookings.
Can the calendar be set to 'read only' so only administrators make bookings?
Yes. We can set rooms so that only administrators can make bookings. If you don't want the bookings calendar public, we can arrange that for you.
Can we enforce gaps between bookings so that they're not consecutive?
Yes - you can create a rule that hirers must leave a space between bookings. Administrators aren't bound by this rule - so you can have exceptions where needed!
Can the bookings calendar be hidden from public view?
Yes. The calendar can be set so that only administrators can see the bookings.
Are these provisional or confirmed bookings?
All bookings are initially set as provisional.
When a provisional booking is made, the time is blocked off. The system will send an email telling the hirer that the booking is provisional.
The venue administrator can decide whether to accept a booking. When the administrator confirms a booking, the system will send the hirer a confirmation email.
Is the hirer's contact info public?
Your hirers' contact information is hidden on the calendar.
There are two privacy settings choices:
You can set the default level of privacy as either 'Private' or 'Hide Contact Info'.
If hirers would like to display their contact information publicly, they can add contact information in the event description box when making a booking.
Does the hirer need to make an account?
No. Hirers have the choice of just making a one-off booking, or creating an account and logging in to make a booking.
If the hirer creates an account, he/she doesn't need to type in contact details each time. The hirer can also view all bookings, past and upcoming.
You can optionally also allow registered hirers to make repeat bookings.
If the hirer is just making a one-off booking, he/she can make the booking without creating an account.
Yes. Events can repeat daily, on weekdays, weekly or monthly.
For monthly, you can set a booking to repeat (for example) on the 1st Monday of every month.
There is also the 'copy event' function. When making a booking, you can copy it to another day. You can also find a previous booking and copy that across to a new day.
Your hirers don't need to keep entering all their information repeatedly!
Yes. You can set a minimum notice period for deleting bookings. (e.g. 30 days.)
An Administrator can delete a booking (or make changes to it) at any time.
Can someone still book by telephone?
Yes. We understand that not everyone in the community wants to book online. Administrators can still accept bookings by phone and easily add them to the system.
How does a hirer know if the hall is available?
By checking the online calendar. The hirer doesn't need to call anyone.
You can continue using your existing payment methods. Your Treasurer (or whoever) can update the booking to show that a payment has been received.
If your venue has a PayPal or Stripe account, you can connect that to your Hall Booking Online account. The system will add payment links to your invoices. When a payment is made, the transaction number will automatically be logged, and we'll send you an email letting you know that an invoice has been paid.
How does a hirer know that a booking has been confirmed?
When an Administrator clicks to approve a booking, our system will automatically send an approval email. It's also marked as 'confirmed' in the calendar.
Can we have more than one Administrator?
Yes. You can register additional administrators. Each administrator has his/her own login.
How is the Administrator notified of new bookings?
The system will send a notification email.
How does the Administrator approve bookings?
He/she just goes to a webpage and clicks to approve bookings. A demonstration page is here. Go ahead and approve something: it's not a real venue!
Can an Administrator add telephone bookings?
Yes. We understand that not everyone in the community is necessarily online.
How does the Administrator know that a payment has been received?
Whoever receives the payments (the Treasurer) can log in and mark a booking as paid. This will show up when an Administrator reviews bookings. If you've linked Stripe or PayPal to your account, we'll automatically send an email notification whenever a payment has gone through.
Can an Administrator make changes to a booking?
Yes. All bookings can be edited or deleted by an Administrator. The hirer can make changes to unapproved bookings and can delete a booking. You can set the minimum notice period needed to delete a booking.
Do hirers have to create an account to make a booking?
No - it's optional.
What are the advantages of a hirer account?
Hirers don't need to keep typing in the same information each time to make a booking.
Hirers don't need to create a password for each booking.
Hirers can view all their bookings (past and future) on one page.
The hirer creates the account. You don't need to do anything.
Where is the setting to turn this feature on / off?
Head to Advanced Settings from your main settings page.
Is invoicing included with my subscription?
Yes - it's all included in our standard rate of £120/year. We don't charge extra for the invoicing function or connecting your account to Stripe or PayPal.
Can I invoice after an event rather than before?
You can send an invoice whenever you like! For regular customers, you might invoice monthly in arrears.
If you have a booking from someone new, you might want to invoice in advance, before approving the booking request.
You have complete flexibility with the invoicing - and you can send one invoice to cover a single or multiple bookings.
Can I send one invoice for multiple bookings?
Yes. You don't need to invoice every event separately. Using the tick boxes, select the bookings you would like the invoice to cover and click on 'Send Invoice' at the bottom.
Click to download example of an invoice sent to a regular hirer for three months of bookings.
Yes. You can integrate your venue's PayPal or Stripe account with Hall Booking Online. It's an optional add-on included for no extra charge.
When set up, your PDF invoices will include a link to make a payment to your PayPal / Stripe account.
When the payment goes through, the invoice is automatically marked as paid and the transaction number logged.
Your venue will also receive an email notification that the invoice has been paid.
Remember: you don't have to take payments online. You can also use BACS or cheque. Just edit the PDF invoice template to tell your users how to pay for bookings.
Does Hall Booking Online charge a commission for online payments?
No. The payment is made directly to your venue's PayPal or Stripe account. We do not charge commission and we have no access to your PayPal or Stripe account.
Online payment integration is included for no extra charge with all Hall Booking Online accounts.
Do we have to accept payment online?
No you don't. You can accept payment by bank transfer, cheque, online - or any combination you wish.
Your invoices are based on a template which you can edit to list payment methods for your venue.
Yes. On the invoice tab, click on 'Export CSV'.
You can then choose the period you wish to export. The exported file is CSV format (Comma Separated Values). It can be imported into accounting packages or Excel.
Can I personalise the text on the invoice?
Yes. All invoices are based on your template. The text of the header and footer of the invoice can be changed. Click on the Settings Button and then follow the link to the invoicing section.
When sending an invoice, you can add a message to the PDF.
Can I see an invoice I've already sent?
Yes. On the invoice management page, you can download, resend or delete an invoice.
Can hirers pay invoices online?
Yes. You can link your venue's PayPal or Stripe account with Hall Booking Online.
We will add a link to your invoices inviting the hirer to pay online.
When the payment goes through, we'll send you a notification that the invoice has been paid. We can also send a copy of that notification to your Treasurer.
Do you charge a commission on payment?
No: we don't take any commission. Also, there is no extra charge or annual fee for linking Hall Booking Online to PayPal or Stripe.
Does our venue have to use online payment methods?
No. If you'd prefer to stick with BACS (bank transfer) or cheques, that's fine. Or you can offer your users a choice. It's up to you.
How can I track which invoices have been paid online?
When a payment goes through online, we'll mark the invoice on your dashboard as having been paid. We'll also log the transaction number.
Hall Booking Online will send an automated email to you (and your Treasurer, if you wish) to let you know that a payment has come through.
What are the advantages of accepting online payments?
You don't need to keep checking your bank statements to see if your venue has been paid. We'll tell you. It's also very convenient for your hirers.
Can we test online payments if we sign up for a free evaluation?
Yes - the evaluation is fully functional, including being able to accept online payments.
How much does it cost to open a PayPal or Stripe account?
Accounts are free to set up.
Can you help us set up integration with PayPal or Stripe?
Yes - get in touch and we'll guide you through the setup.
On any administrator page, click on to go straight to the data report.
This year's data is shown by default. You can also click to see other years.
Scroll down, or click on the graph button, to see a graphical representation of both the number of bookings and the total time booked.
What data reporting options are there?
On the Data Reporting page, you can:
Yes. Click on Download Data to export the data set as a CSV file. You'll be able to import the CSV file into applications, including Excel.
What other data can I download?
You can download all bookings data, with the exception of user passwords.
Click on the search icon on any admin page. Click on the link for 'Advanced Search'.
Enter the search criteria. This could just be two dates, or a particular hirer.
You can then choose to download the search result data (full or partial) as a CSV file.
Alternatively, you can download everything from a particular year by going to Settings and choosing a year from 'Download CSV Data'.
How do we set this up for our venue?
Sign up for a 60-day free trial! We will set up a bookings page and go through the steps with you.
Can we add photos and booking documents?
Yes. You can upload your venue's documentation whenever you wish. This might include a paper booking form, hire charges overview, COVID rules, general information, alcohol licence application or a plan of the building.
When your documentation changes (such as new hiring charges) you can upload the new documentation.
We have lots of existing bookings. Can they be added to the calendar?
Yes. We can help you with that.
We manage the back end. You'll need someone in charge (an Administrator) to approve bookings and answer questions from hirers. You can set up more than one administrator for your venue, so that there's cover if one of the admins is away.
Is the hirers' data protected?
Yes. Hirers can choose whether their booking and/or contact information is displayed on the public calendar.
Private information can only be accessed with a password. The password is very encrypted!
Hall Booking Online doesn't store anyone's credit / debit card details.
Sign up for a 60-day free trial! You'll be able to test everything fully, and customise the pages to suit your venue.
You can also experience some of the functions of the booking system by experimenting with our imaginary venue: Casterbridge Village Hall. You can make bookings and then log in as an administrator and approve then. Follow this link.
What kind of support do you offer?
We offer lots of support to get you going and help out if you have any queries.
Head to our Knowledge Base for setup guides and advice.
You can also download the PDF Guide for Administrators.
If you're still stuck, get in touch with us by email or phone and we'll soon be able to assist.
We can also offer a complimentary Zoom demonstration to get you going. Just ask!
Do you have questions now? Contact us here.
Can you help us set up the booking system?
Yes! We'll get the system going for you.
You just need to edit the text of the templates and add bookings to the calendar. It doesn't take long!
If there's anything you're not sure about, just get in touch! Contact us here.
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