New Calendar and Public Agenda

New Calendar and Public Agenda

New Calendar and Public Agenda

Earlier this year, we’ve already announced a redesign of the private calendar. This is it: we’ve completed a major restyling of the public side.

On the menu, there are 3 calendar views and 1 agenda view. Namely, now you can display a daily, weekly or monthly view of your calendar. Events can also be displayed in a list (an agenda). Using an extremely sleek new design, this display is based on responsive design compatible both with mobile and desktop devices ensuring a truly smooth booking process.

But that’s not all: you may also display your bookings on the public side (optionally). Using public account settings, you may now display the number of completed bookings from the total number as well as participants’ data if necessary. For example, a sports club probably does not want to hide bookings since people like to organize team games or running clubs. Of course, the first option is still available.

Agenda view

Agenda view

All these features are accompanied by a customized setup so use your calendar settings on any mobile device in order to: set the first day of the week, date and time format, default calendar view and possibly disable some views, define opening and closing hours (unless you want to choose the default time format from 00:00 to 24:00).

All these new calendar/agenda views require some adjustment from old version users, particularly those using iFrame integration into their websites. Feel free to adjust “width” and “height” settings if necessary; moreover, drop us a line in case you need help.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy the latest version.

WordPress Roadmap: What Users Can Expect in 2020-2021

WordPress Roadmap: What Users Can Expect in 2020-2021

WordPress Roadmap: What Users Can Expect in 2020-2021

While 2019 was the fabulous release year of Gutenberg, the new WordPress editing project, what does this popular CMS have in store for us? In fact, WordPress developed its own embedded editor in 2019 putting to shame well-known editors such as DIVI, Elementor or Avada. Moving forward, what are the future developments pushed by Automattic Inc. – the editing company behind WordPress?

 

The Gutenberg Editing Experience – Work in Progress

Indeed, the Gutenberg editor is a complex project that goes beyond one single version. As the main WordPress editor, Gutenberg will most likely experience several updates in its subsequent versions. Here’s what we already know about planned features:

  • A new block directory is underway similar to plugin and theme directories for discovering new blocks.
  • It will be possible to build new blocks for navigation menus and widgets.
  • Improved theme integration using the block editor will also be available.
  • A simplified version will enable collaboration on co-authored content projects.

 

Automatic Updates

In 2020, updates will be automatic with Automattic Inc. (pun intended). Only minor updates were automatic up until WordPress version 5.4 (i.e. the 3rd digit of version 5.4.X); however, subsequent major WordPress versions might also benefit from automatic updates. But there’s a lot more to come! Plugins and themes will also be automatically updated. Don’t worry, your consent will be asked in parameter settings.

 

Language and Translation

A roadmap to improve and streamline multilingual website editing has been developed, particularly concerning block editing. Is WordPress expected to embed a comprehensive translation system and give up plugins like Polylang or WPML? Or will users just enjoy a set of basic translation features? Time will tell.

I hope that the WordPress roadmap will be as interesting as it is currently; therefore, the entire team editing the Sagenda booking system is looking forward to test upcoming features.

 

How to Use and Set up a Music Teacher WordPress Website

How to Use and Set up a Music Teacher WordPress Website

How to Use and Set up a Music Teacher WordPress Website

Are you a music teacher advertising your classes online? Whether you’re a pianist, a violinist or guitarist, irrespective of your musical instrument, here is some advice on setting up your online business.

 

WordPress is your go-to solution: free, easy to use and efficient. It’s also the most common website builder solution ensuring a large user community and lots of open-source or premium offers in order to add all the services or features that you might need.

 

Theme

The visual layout of your website is extremely important. Even before reading the first line, visitors assess your website quality at a glance. The first 3 seconds are crucial. You need a professional website without emptying your pockets so pick one of the free themes available in the WordPress repository. You may also use “WebSite builder” products such as Elementor or DIVI to easily build your website design.

 

Contact Page

People landing on your website are probably already interested in your services, so you need to build a connection with them immediately. Don’t forget to display your contact page clearly listing your mailing address, a phone number if possible and especially a contact form. One of the most commonly used plugins is “Contact Form 7” . Free of charge, it allows you to build contact forms easily. Contact Form 7 is also compatible with various plugins, such as WPML.

 

Manage Your Bookings

Booking management by phone? Answering phone calls during classes? That’s impossible. All you need is an online booking software in order to schedule appointments on your behalf. It’s that simple and effective, so why not use Sagenda?

 

Disseminate Your Music or Classes (Free vs. Premium)

A music teacher is not only teaching but also making music. In order to shine a light on your work, the best thing you can do is to publish small excerpts such as videos (or soundtracks) and embed these into your website. For example, it’s really easy to do it using a YoutTube channel, but how about going even further? As a musician, you want to get paid for your music and as a teacher you want to monetize access to online classes, and this is how it should be. The workman is worthy of its hire.

In-person teaching shall always be mandatory when it comes to music. In fact, holding a bow for any string instrument is unthinkable for online classes. However, lots of people reach beginner’s level (so they can boast in front of friends) merely using online tutorials or applications such as “Simply Piano”. Diversify your revenue streams. Keep on teaching classes and at the same time sell your music or online classes. As the saying goes, don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

Imagine that while teaching classes or during your holidays, passive income is still flowing through your website. You may also sell your work. To do so, choose a plugin specialized in selling digital products such as “Easy Digital Download”.

Pace Your Speed

Be careful not to overload your website with lots of plugins or too many images as it may slow down page display. Pay special attention to your home page and landing page, and don’t forget that visitors close browser tabs within 3 seconds if loading fails, and after 10 seconds you’ve already lost most of them. For more information on speed performance and WordPress, visit the following:

Part 1 – How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

Part 2 – How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website – Hosting

 

In conclusion, it’s fair to say that WordPress is a platform with a wide range of tools available for music teaching professionals who want to create comprehensive websites. Teachers with basic needs will love WordPress for its ease of use while music schools with lots of teachers may solve all kind of needs using various available plugins to develop website features.

 

Access the Calendar View and Agenda from Your Sagenda Dashboard

Access the Calendar View and Agenda from Your Sagenda Dashboard

Access the Calendar View and Agenda from Your Sagenda Dashboard

Finally, we’ve got some good news to share! The calendar view and agenda are now available from your Sagenda dashboard. Along with the integration of Stripe and Google Calendar (we’re getting there, promised), this is one of your most common requests. As the saying goes, don’t make promises you can’t keep. Once in your dashboard, you are now able to access a calendar view displaying all your bookings.

Calendar Perks

A calendar is an essential tool in planning and managing your client bookings. This is why you are now able to use your calendar view straight from your dashboard. Enter your reservations tab and you may access your calendar view link opening in another window: this means you may use both your Sagenda account and have an overview of existing bookings.

agenda view

Agenda View (aka List view)

Calendar View and Agenda Display

Well, it’s not exactly a calendar view but rather 4 views: you can access the calendar (daily, weekly and monthly views) and also the agenda display. This should keep picky customers happy! In terms of features, you may see and cancel your bookings. Furthermore, you may also block and unblock events so as to open or close bookings.

The calendar and agenda are also available on mobile platforms. The new features are only a click away in your own pocket along with our iOS and Android applications.

At Sagenda, we’re planning lots of surprises; so don’t be a stranger!

New Year, New API Documentation for Sagenda

New Year, New API Documentation for Sagenda

New Year, New API Documentation for Sagenda

A high-quality technical documentation ensures an optimized customer satisfaction. This is why the New Year is also the best time for good resolutions: our Sagenda API has already set its goals and built strength for 2020. Here are the key changes:

Beefed-Up Settings

When is your agenda due to start? Would you like to display the daily calendar and hide the monthly calendar? You have already defined these settings in your Sagenda account so you may now have access to plenty of settings using the API.

Booked events

Recently, the Sagenda API allowed access to the list of free events so users could book, cancel or block any of them. Now, you may have also the list of information concerning existing bookings. Thus, you may automate (import/export/synchronize) bookings using your various business applications and Sagenda.

Updated Documentation

A car without wheels doesn’t get you anywhere. Providing a clear explanation, a detailed documentation and a testing sandbox is as important as ever for an API. Therefore, we have replaced the former Sagenda documentation with a new version readily available from the PostMan platform:
https://documenter.getpostman.com/view/3283093/SW7aXT2M?version=latest

Are you a developer interested in Sagenda or have some API questions? Feel free to drop up a line.