Some people might consider using a WordPress website for taking appointments, however, it is not a booking platform.

All-in-one scheduling platform for you to take appointments, sell your services and manage your business.

That being said, WordPress websites can integrate plug-ins — software programs that offer various functionalities, including scheduling. The easiest way to create a WordPress site would be to hire a professional to build and design it. While convenient, this would present more upfront costs (thousands of dollars) than you would have if you just used Book Like A Boss.

 

Alternatively, you could attempt to build and customize a WordPress website yourself. That said, the set-up process for building a WordPress site and then integrating or building a scheduling plug-in to take appointments is far more complicated than it would be for just using Book Like A Boss.

The set-up process for BLAB is much simpler. To get started, all you have to do is the following:

  • Sign up for a free Book Like A Boss account at BookLikeaBoss.com (or a paid premium account for advanced features). The account provides a booking page that you can use to take appointments and sell your products/services.

 

The process takes 2 minutes. Afterwards you can visit the account’s dashboard to customize your booking page design (time required depends on extent of detail preferred).

WordPress Website-Building Process

To build a WordPress website, you have to do the following:

  • Sign up with a web host (a service that puts your website up on the Internet) and register a domain name (a web address – e.g., NameofWebsite.com).
  • Go to the WordPress website and install the system on your computer (free).
  • Choose a theme for your website (a design template that tells WordPress how it should look).
  • Create your page profile, which appears at the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Add page(s) to the website that can be used for the booking process.

 

The entire process takes about 20-30 minutes – thus, longer than that for Book Like A Boss. Afterwards, you would have to integrate an existing plug-in that enables booking or build one of your own. These options are examined below.

WordPress Plug-In Adding Process

If you want to use a WordPress site to take appointments, one option is to integrate an existing booking plug-in. To do so you have to take the following steps:

  • Conduct a search for existing booking plug-ins on WordPress. To do so, either type relevant words such as “booking” and scheduling” in the site’s search engine or look through its plug-ins directory.
  • Select the desired plug-in and install it
  • Activate the plug-in

 

While this process seems simple, there are numerous plug-ins on the market for various booking services, making it challenging to narrow down to one choice. Book Like a Boss offers several advantages over top competitors in this category, which you can view on the other competitor comparison pages.

WordPress Plug-In Building Process

If you do not see an existing booking plug-in that meets your needs, you can create your own. To do so you have to take the following steps:

  • Choose a plug-in name
  • Create a PHP file that includes the plug-in’s name
  • Program the plug-in

 

As you can see, building a plug-in requires programming knowledge. Also, you will likely need to update the plug-in over time in order to add features or fix bugs. Using Book Like a Boss for your booking needs would be a much simpler choice.

Book Like a Boss vs. WordPress: Other Advantages

As the previous sections show, the process of setting up a booking page through Book Like A Boss is far simpler than that for setting up one through WordPress. Book Like A Boss also offers the following additional advantages:

  • Training/Support: WordPress offers two forms of training/support for users with inquiries: a question/answer section and a forum where peers can provide assistance.

 

In contrast, Book Like A Boss offers the following forms of support:

  • Question/answer section
  • Video answers
  • Video tutorials (step-by-step)
  • E-mail support
  • Facebook support
  • Pricing: With WordPress, you incur a monthly fee for using a web host and domain name – one that ranges in price from $3 – $6 a month. When you integrate an existing booking plug-in, your costs increase if you decide to go with a premium plan. If your website receives a large amount of traffic, the cost of hosting goes up further.

In contrast, with Book Like A Boss there are no hosting fees – you can use the service completely free unless you decide to go with a premium plan (which ranges in price from $8 to $25 a month or $80 to $250 a year). Thus, it makes sense to go with Book Like A Boss over WordPress for your booking needs.