How to create your own widget


The vast majority will not need to create their own widget, this section is for a few who can manipulate code to make their own widgets. To create a custom widget you need to have widget id(w_id) and widget token(w_tkn) from freetobook. This is required to allow your custom widget to connect with freetobook. You can get this information by going to directBookings/bookingButtons/advanced when logged in to freetobook

*Note:You need widget id and widget token from your Primary widget.

Widget Id

Your Primary widget can be found in directBookings/bookingButtons/advanced when logged in. In this example below, 2 is the Primary widget id.



Widget Token

You will also need your Primary widget's token ID found in directBookings/bookingButtons/advanced. Copy your unique string value for attribute w_tkn (highlighted in this example picture below.


Demo

The following example shows how a very basic version of the form may look.

<form action="https://portal.freetobook.com/reservations"> 
<input type="hidden" name="w_id" value="2">
<input type="hidden" name="w_tkn" value="Svldrn2liwPIMwJNkAoabA3Sxqmoz3XmcUBVvtyP8g7giPoHAJARqdjQAPq09">
<input type="submit" value="Check Availability">
</form>

Data we accept from custom widget


We only accept the following data from the custom widget. Please note that if your form sends any other information it will be ignored by the system.

Check-in Date

You can filter the search results by passing check-in date through the custom widget. You can post check-in date using your widget in the following format.

field name: check_in_date 
format: YYYY-MM-DD (2018-01-01)

Please note that we only accept the date in the format specified above. Dates sent with any other format will not work.

Demo

The following example shows how the form will look and work with a check-in date.

<form action="https://portal.freetobook.com/reservations"> 
<input type="hidden" name="w_id" value="2">
<input type="hidden" name="w_tkn" value="Svldrn2liwPIMwJNkAoabA3Sxqmoz3XmcUBVvtyP8g7giPoHAJARqdjQAPq09">
<input type="text" name="check_in_date" value="2019-12-01">
<input type="submit" value="Check Availability">
</form>

Check-in Date


Stay Length

You can filter the search results by sending the length of stay. By default the stay length is set to 1. This can be changed by sending stay length in the following format.

field name: stay_length (int)

Demo

The following example shows how the form will look and work with a check in date and stay length.
<form action="https://portal.freetobook.com/reservations"> 
<input type="hidden" name="w_id" value="2">
<input type="hidden" name="w_tkn" value="Svldrn2liwPIMwJNkAoabA3Sxqmoz3XmcUBVvtyP8g7giPoHAJARqdjQAPq09">
<input type="text" name="check_in_date" value="2019-12-01">
<input type="text" name="stay_length" value="03">
<input type="submit" value="Check Availability">
</form>

Check-in date Stay length


Promo code

You can automatically fill-in a promo code when a customer goes to your widget, by sending a promo code in the following format.

field name: promo_code (string)

Demo

The following example shows how the form will look and work with a promo code.
<form action="https://portal.freetobook.com/reservations"> 
<input type="hidden" name="w_id" value="2">
<input type="hidden" name="w_tkn" value="Svldrn2liwPIMwJNkAoabA3Sxqmoz3XmcUBVvtyP8g7giPoHAJARqdjQAPq09">
<input type="text" name="promo_code" value="promoCodeExample">
<input type="submit" value="Check Availability">
</form>


Sample Widget

This is a working example of the widget with datepicker. The widget allows the customer to select arrival and departure date and calculate the stay length from the dates. It sets the stay length in the hidden input element with name stay_length. When the form is submitted freetobook only checks for arrival/check-in date and stay length and ignores departure/check-out date.

You can copy the source code into your website and can further customise it to make it look like a part of your website. Please make sure that you replace [WIDGET_ID_HERE] and [WIDGET_TOKEN_HERE] to your default widget id and token.

Arrival
Departure




Source code for the sample widget


<div class="box">
    <style>
        .widget {
            background: #5ba4d4;
            padding-top: 30px;
            padding-bottom: 30px;
            padding-right: 30px;
            padding-left: 20px;
            width: 300px;
            border-radius: 2px;
        }

        .widget input {
            padding: 5px;
            border-radius: 2px;
            border: none;
            margin: 4px;
            width: 100%;
        }

        .check-availability {
            border: 2px solid white !important;
            background-color: transparent;
            color: white;
            font-weight: 600;
        }

        .datepicker-top-left, .datepicker-top-right{
            transition: none;
        }
    </style>
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.3/jquery.min.js"></script>
    <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/datepicker/0.6.4/datepicker.min.js"></script>
    <link  href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/datepicker/0.6.4/datepicker.min.css" rel="stylesheet">

    <div class="widget">
        <form target="_blank" action="https://portal.freetobook.com/reservations">
            <input type="hidden" name="w_id" value="[YOUR_WIDGET_ID_HERE]">
            <input type="hidden" name="w_tkn" value="[YOUR_WIDGET_TOKEN_HERE]">
            <input type="hidden" id="check-in-date-to-send" name="check_in_date">
            <input type="hidden" id="check-out-date-to-send" name="check_out_date">
            <b class="arrival-text">Arrival</b><br/>
            <input id="check-in-date" data-toggle="datepicker" placeholder="Please select arrival date">
            <b class="departure-text">Departure</b><br/>
            <input id="check-out-date" data-toggle="datepicker" placeholder="Please select departure date">
            <input id="stay-length" type="hidden" name="stay_length" value="1">
            <br/>
            <br/>
            <input type="submit" class="check-availability" value="Check Availability">
        </form>
    </div>
    <script>
        var $checkInDatePicker = $('#check-in-date');
        var $checkOutDatePicker = $('#check-out-date');

        $checkInDatePicker.datepicker({
            format: 'dd-mm-yyyy',
            autoHide: true,
            autoPick: true
        });

        var initialCheckInDate = $checkInDatePicker.datepicker('getDate');
        var initialCheckOutDate = addDays(initialCheckInDate, 1);

        $checkOutDatePicker.datepicker({
            format: 'dd-mm-yyyy',
            autoPick: true,
            date: initialCheckOutDate
        });

        $checkInDatePicker.on('change', function() {
            var checkInDate = $checkInDatePicker.datepicker('getDate');
            var checkOutDate = addDays(checkInDate, 1);
            $checkOutDatePicker.datepicker('setDate', checkOutDate);

            updateDatesToSend(checkInDate, checkOutDate);
            updateStayLength();
        });

        $checkOutDatePicker.on('change', function() {
            updateStayLength();
        });

        updateDatesToSend(initialCheckInDate, initialCheckOutDate);

        function addDays(date, days) {
            var result = new Date(date);
            result.setDate(result.getDate() + days);
            return result;
        }

        function updateStayLength() {
            var date1 = $checkInDatePicker.datepicker('getDate');
            var date2 = $checkOutDatePicker.datepicker('getDate');

            var difference = daysBetween(date1, date2);
            if ( difference < 1 ) difference = 1;
            $("#stay-length").val(difference);
        }

        function updateDatesToSend(checkInDate, checkOutDate) {
            var dd0 = checkInDate.getDate();
            var mm0 = checkInDate.getMonth() + 1;
            var yyyy0 = checkInDate.getFullYear();
            if ( dd0 < 10 ) dd0 = '0' + dd0;
            if ( mm0 < 10 ) mm0 = '0' + mm0;
            $("#check-in-date-to-send").val(yyyy0 + '-' + mm0 + '-' + dd0);

            var dd = checkOutDate.getDate();
            var mm = checkOutDate.getMonth() + 1;
            var yyyy = checkOutDate.getFullYear();
            if ( dd < 10 ) dd = '0' + dd;
            if ( mm < 10 ) mm = '0' + mm;
            $("#check-out-date-to-send").val(yyyy + '-' + mm + '-' + dd);
        }

        function daysBetween( date1, date2 ) {
            var one_day=1000*60*60*24;
            var date1_ms = date1.getTime();
            var date2_ms = date2.getTime();
            var difference_ms = date2_ms - date1_ms;
            return Math.round(difference_ms/one_day);
        }
    </script>
</div>
        
                    
                

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