WooCommerce Appointments is a commercial booking plugin that allows you to setup appointments with WooCommerce. It has full integration into Google calendar to track appointments of your staff.
Staff availability can be set globally or via each staff members profile. While this is nice, I was looking for an option to actually handle availability via another Google Calendar as well. That was a must have feature for a current project.
What do you do, if that feature is not available yet ? You poke the code!
The magic entry point for the staff availability is the user meta “_wc_appointment_availability“, which is made available through includes/class-wc-product-appointment-staff.php.
A couple of weeks ago I asked support for a simple filter hook to alter the availability on demand from the outside.
The development team added the feature in one of the latest releases, making wc_appointments_staff_availability the entry point for my custom availability changes.
You can either pull Google Calendar Events directly through the Google Calendar API or use the available iCal export option. In this quick example I will use the private calendar iCal export file.
The availability calendar
Lets setup a quick clean calendar, called “Availability”. So simple and catchy :)
Create a new calendar
Create some test events. WooCommerce Appointments supports multiple availability rules, but I am focusing on the time:range option and recurring events for this example. I might be extending on this a bit more in the future ! So for this example: Friday, timeframe 10:00 – 16:00 and repeating four times.
Go into settings and get the link to the privat ical export file
Parse iCal data
For this example I am using the PHP ICS Parser, but any other parser will do. Install it via composer: composer require johngrogg/ics-parser.
Lets create a quick little plugin to get us going and save it to /wp-content/plugins/CustomAvailability/smile.php
Its time to get the data into the system. I am only pulling and altering the availability for one single user in this example, the user with the USERID “3”. This should provide you with a good starting point.
// $staff holds the complete user data
// $availability is the current set of rules
// Only altering availability for USERID 3
// add the private ics file here
$ical=newICal('URL TO PRIVATE ICS FILE',array(
'defaultSpan'=>2,// Default value
'defaultWeekStart'=>'MO',// Default value
'disableCharacterReplacement'=>false,// Default value
// Added Friday to the calendar + event recurring 4 times, which results in 4 new rules for staff member 3
'type'=>"time:range",// rule type used for this example
'from'=>$dtstart->format('H:i'),// start time 10:00
'to'=>$dtend->format('H:i'),// end time 16:00
'from_date'=>$dtstart->format('Y-m-d'),// start date - Friday
'to_date'=>$dtend->format('Y-m-d')// end date - Friday
The example pulls and parses the ics file on every load, use a transient or REDIS to store data and only refresh in certain intervals.
Hope this gets you started! I build a simple interface around it, with a lot of more rule options. This makes the setup for each staff member a brise. Now each of them can setup a calendar easily and provide me with the ics link :) WooCommerce Appointments rocks …
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