Booking slots are a collection of start/end times that are used as the starting point when making a
new reservation. A typical example would be Slot 1 = 8am to 9am, Slot 2 = 9am to 10am, Slot 3 =
10am to 11am etc
At the second stage of the booking process, the user will have the opportunity to be more specific
about the exact times that they require.
(* unless the Part-Slot Booking setting has been disabled in User or Item Manager).
Therefore, even if you’re happy to accept a five-minute booking between 09:20 and 09:25, there is
no harm in creating hourly booking slots.
Although you are free to break the day down into as many individual slots as you wish, please note
that there is a sweet spot between usability and flexibility. In particular.….
i) Where possible, avoid creating too many slots of less than 15 minutes in length. The booker will
need to click on each individual slot that they require and so won’t be too impressed if they need to
click on twenty four individual 5 minutes slots just to make a two hour booking.
ii) In most cases, single slots should be no longer than 1 hour in length. One exception may be
where you need to be very specific about the times of a booking (e.g if you have a minibus, you may
require just a morning and afternoon booking).
(educational establishments only)
For daily plans that cover school days, things may be simplest for your users if the slots
are broken down to fit around lesson periods. Example: If Period 2 runs from 10:15 to
11:05, there should be a booking slot with those exact times.
This is especially recommended if….
i) The availability of a large proportion of your rooms could be affected by timetabled
lessons or ii) You have disabled part-slot bookings for these rooms.
For plans where lessons are not a factor, you can follow the tips below.
Typically, hourly slots will suffice, however, if bookings often start/finish part-way though the hour
you may wish to break this down further into 30 (or even 15) minute slots